Summary: Have you ever wanted something so badly that it moved you emotionally - stirred you DESPERATELY?
QUESTION: Have you ever been DESPERATE FOR SOMETHING?
• Ever really wanted something so bad that it moved you emotionally, stirred you DESPERATELY?
1. It happens to me more times than I really want.
a. I’m in a hurry. I have appointment to keep, a person to meet, a place to go.
b. So I gather up my stuff, head out to the car and…
c. MY KEYS? Where are my keys? Pocket? NO. Floor? NO.
d. So I rush back in the house, with the clock ticking!
e. FRUSTRATION. Why didn’t I just put them in a place that I can remember to get them? Where are they?
f. I’m going to be late. I can’t believe this. Again!
g. But FRUSTRATION is soon joined by DESPERATION.
h. Where are those keys! I need to go! Marie?!
i. DESPERATION… Webster’s says:
“Involving or employing extreme measures in an attempt to escape defeat or frustration.”
NOTE: When I look at my life, I find there are seasons & times where I must become DESPERATE again for the things of God!
• Spiritual things have become routine.
• My life with Jesus has become too predictable!
• I so wholeheartedly agree with the Psalmist:
Psalm 51.10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
• In desperation there’s focus… Jesus gave us that. (Matt 6:33)
NOTE: Because if we don’t cry out, if we don’t long for the presence and the power of God… staleness & dryness & drought await us.
• It’s like losing our keys… they are laying around waiting.
• And we don’t know we don’t know until we need them!
CH10 opens with a DESPERATE DANIEL, mourning & upset.
• But notice, he’s not RETREATING, He’s REACHING OUT.
I. (10:1-3) DANIEL’S DESPARATION.
1. (1-3) Captivity is about over.
a. Notice that CYRUS was the King of Persia.
b. That makes Daniel around 85-90 years old.
c. It’s been some 72 years since the captivity and he’s still in Babylon while others have already begun to return.
NOTE: As CH10 opens, Daniel is obviously distressed.
V2 – Emotionally Mourning: 3 full weeks.
V3 – Physically Hungry: part fast no pleasant food, no meat, wine.
V3 – Outwardly Stinks: no anointing oil.
APP: There’s seriousness in his distress. He wants to hear from God!
• So he sets about to buffet parts of his body in preparation.
• Let’s turn to 1 Corinthians 9.24-27
• There are times when our outward man just isn’t as important as our inward man.
• Where we must take steps to remind our flesh that our Spirit is what truly matters!
SO WHAT IS FASTING?
• Fasting is the purposeful neglect of some fleshly appetite in order to be strengthened and sharpened by the Lord!
NOTE: FASTING WILL Help DO THAT! It will help you get serious.
• FASTING: The forgoing of a meal, or a day’s worth of meals, or a week’s worth of food to seek the face of God.
• Fasting is often the answer to God’s call to us…
Psalm 27.7-8 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek."
NOW: Fasting is a wonderful spiritual discipline if we do it with the right motives.
• It’s not a fancy Christian DIET PLAN it’s a wonderful Christian DISCIPLINE PLAN!