Then the Devil knows it immediately!
He did not even spare Lord Jesus!
The temptation to eat will be very high when a normal man decides to fast even for a single day. Imagine what could have been the effect of avoiding food for 40 days. Jesus was fasting for 40 days and the Serpent tried to play his age old trick that he used in Eden Garden: “Oh! Come on, Eat!” Satan said to Jesus: “If you are son of God tell this stone to become bread.”
When you are fasting, devil expresses sympathy through the people in the family, because only they know that you are fasting. Mostly mother or your spouse will tell you not to fast, unless they also feel the importance of it. They will cook your favorites that might tempt you to eat. The aroma of the food will be tempting and the mouth watering sensation will make you to go through a dilemma ‘to eat or not to eat’ and ‘to give up or not to give up’ the fast. Devil tries make you fail in your attempt to concentrate on prayer. Whereas your conscience says do not bother to think or look at the variety of food available at home. If so, close your eyes and boldly tell the devil, just as Jesus said: “man does not live on bread alone” (Luke. 4:4) and put your mind to prayer. (Remember Deut 8:3).
Now that you have overcome one hurdle, he comes with the next one to spoil the sanctity of your ‘fast’. Some one in the family picks up a quarrel with another on a silly matter. Loud arguments follow. You are tempted to shout at the one who is wrong and settle the matter. And the devil laughs at your helplessness. He will say: “come on, shout!” No, just hold back your anger, and shout loudly at the devil: “In the name of Jesus, get behind me you tempter.” He will leave. But we know, ‘When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him (Jesus), until an opportune time. (Luke. 4:13 NIV)’
Then here he comes at lunch time. This time it is the clatter of the porcelain, the crockery, and cutlery, the sound of water being filled into a tumbler and the appreciation about the food by someone at the dining table. … Ooh! Tempted again! What will you do now?
Take it easy! Just leave that place or leave your home and go to your believer-friend and pray for him and his family. God will hear your prayer; your brother in Christ will also be blessed.
On your way back to home, someone on another vehicle by the side of you breaks a traffic rule, and you are hurt. You become angry enough to shout at him. Satan laughs into your ears and says: “Come on, go ahead shout at him as loud as you can”. Oh! No, No! You just laugh it off. And give your best smile to that person. Soon you will find a friend in him. And your tormentor will go away searching for another trick.
He will bring an unexpected guest to your home, make your child fall sick, or send a relative to your house for some serious discussion. He will tell the neighbor to make that long-pending friendly visit. Your taps may run dry, some electrical appliance in the home stops working, and someone needs your help urgently. Our absent mindedness also becomes the best tool for him. He will send a child or someone to celebrate a happy event like a birthday; mechanically you will bite a piece of sweet offered. He will say; “Aha! There, you broke your ‘fast’.” All kinds of tricks which we cannot even imagine will be tried by the devil to cause disturbance.
Jesus said: “When you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is unseen.”(Mt. 6:6)
You don’t have any spare room? Or, are they all likely to be disturbed? It is okay, here is the best alternative, leave home, rush to your Church, switch off your mobile, and enter the Prayer tower (any room reserved for prayer). Your tormentor will wait at the door step till he is frustrated, and he will leave. His interest is in ‘roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it’ (Job.2:2 NIV). He will go and try his tricks on some more people. He will not dare to come to you again. You are at peace in this place, talk to your God.
Here, it is like Hannah praying in the Lord’s Temple (1 Sam. 1:13). It is like baby Samuel waiting for the Lord’s call in that silent bedroom. It is like Elijah praying in the silence of the cave in Mt. Horeb. (1Kings.19:8 & 9). It is like Daniel praying with his windows open towards Jerusalem-Temple. It is like our Lord praying at the Garden of Gethsemane. It is like those 120 people praying together with one mind in the upper room. It is like Ananias praying for blind Saul, which transformed him into Paul. (Acts13:9). Here is that quiet, spiritual atmosphere, when many are praying together. This will help you remember and go on praying for many things, for many people, and for many problems. You are sure that there is no devil to disturb your prayer or delay the answer in any way. “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their prayer….” (1Peter.3:12). But wait for the Lord. He will answer at the right time!
I love to be in the prayer tower and pray, whether I am fasting
or not. I thank my church for arranging such a
special place for praying. I thank the people who maintain it.
In our Prayer Tower we pray together for every one of our church, city, state,
country AND for peace of the world.
‘Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight …’
Author – C. Samuel Gift (Bethel Seniors Fellowship, Bethel AG Church, Bengaluru)
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