(DAY 3 OF THREE DAYS FASTING)
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:6-7
Anxiety and fear are relentless. These are two of the enemy’s most popular weapons employed against us. As we round off our three-day fasting and prayer today, you are invited to surrender yourself and challenges totally to God, allow Him to have His way in that situation that confronts you.
When you are in the valley, the first rule is to totally submit your life to your Shepherd. If you won’t give God the control, you may find out what it is to live your life continually in the valley. Israel allowed fear to rob them, moving forward. They stayed forty years circling the desert. God won’t force you to follow or submit to Him; but ensures that ample opportunities are available for you to do so.
“There was a fire outbreak in a house. Everyone in the family got out of the house, except for one boy who was in the first floor of the house. Not knowing what to do he opened the window. His dad seeing him called out saying, ‘jump down son I will catch you’. The son was scared. The smoke was all around, he said, ‘Dad, I can’t jump, I can’t see you.’ Dad said, ‘son jump, I can see you.’
There will be times when you won’t understand God’s guidance. You may think you can find your way out. But if you want to get out of the valley, you must obey God’s guidance. If a sheep strays away from the flock, and goes out on its own, it will find out that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and that living with the wolves is a dangerous occupation. Remember God will always guide you for your good.
You cannot make it through the valley on your own strength. It is God Himself who will be with you through life’s trials to deliver you from all evils and fears. Turn your voice and eyes towards God in prayer and ask Him for the ability to trust Him even in the valley. The Psalmist says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.” (Psa. 121:1-3)
1 Cor 1:17-25; Ps 33:1-2.4-5.10-11(R.5b) Accl Lk 21:36; Gosp Mt 25:1-13 WEEKDAY
- Pray the Act of Contrition and worship God for 10 minutes.
- Pray to forgive those who throw you into the valley.
- Speak to God to be with you in the valley and for an attitude of grace, even in the most difficult situation.
- Invite the Holy Spirit into the challenges (list them) and believe God.
- Pray with Psalms 102.
Exercise: Pray the “Rosary of Thank You Jesus”, and the prayer of Confirmation in “Amen: It Is Done” on pg. 94 at midnight or any convenient time.
Meditation: Isaiah 43:2