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Summary: Have you ever wanted something so badly that it moved you emotionally - stirred you DESPERATELY?

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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!


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