(DAY 1 OF THREE DAYS FASTING)
Scripture Reading: Psalms 46:1-11
Today we kick start our three-day fasting and prayers. The Holy Spirit wants us to know that God is with us. From verse 4 – 7, the Psalmist doesn’t begin by focusing on the enemies and the threat they might pose. Instead he begins by focusing on how the city of Jerusalem is secured because “God is in the midst of her” – He dwells there. As we begin this fast, we must realise and be convinced that the Lord of Host is with us, no matter the condition we are passing through. Because “God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved”, meaning it will not fall to the enemy, and so the people in the city can be secured. The strength of the holy city was not found in her massive walls or fortifications, but in the fact that her defense is the Ever-present God” who dwells in the midst of her.
There are some people right now who may be thinking of alternative solutions apart from God Almighty. Israel was always tempted to look elsewhere for protection, to trust in human strength. As such the Psalmist kept reminding them as he is reminding us right now that “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
Verse 10 of our Scripture readings today says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” It’s important to understand that this Psalm does not promise that those who trust in the God of Jacob will be spared from trials, tribulations and traumas of life; but it does assure us that, if we face them, knowing that the God of Jacob is with us, we shall overcome. It is not a promise that God will necessarily prevent us from adversity, but that He will be our strength in adversity. As Paul writes in Romans 8 about facing hardship, distress, persecution, famine, or peril, It’s IN ALL THESE THINGS – not from all these things, that “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”.
Child of God, even though the earth changes, the mountains shake into the heart of the sea, its waters roar and foam, the mountains tremble, even in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth, whether married or single, no matter the situation, declare in faith:“the Lord of Host is with me’.
Jer 1:17-19; Ps 71:1-2.3-4a.5-6ab.15ab.17(R.15ab) Accl Mt 5:10; Gosp Mk 6:17-29. Or Mass of the Day, Preface of the Weekday 2 Thess 3:6-10.16-18; Ps 128:1-2.4-5(R.1a) Accl 1 Jn 2:5; Gosp Mt 23:27-32 THE BEHEADING OF JOHN THE BAPTIST (MEMORIAL)
- Pray the Act of Contrition and worship God for 5 minutes.
- Dear Lord, I thank You for the promise of Your divine presence with me even now.
- Lord strengthen my faith to know that You are with me in these difficult moments.
- Let my faith in Your divine presence cast away every fear of what the enemies can do.
- O God, arise and intervene in my situation today, in the name of Jesus.
- Pray with Psalms 91.
Exercise: Take the prayer for Divine Protection in Amen It Is Done at Midnight or any convenient time
Meditation: Isaiah 54:17