We are about to embark on 40 days of prayer and fasting. A time when we all search for what we should give up as we fast before The Lord. For me it is no different, I begin to wonder should I do the Daniel Fast, give up my beloved Coke Cola, or perhaps I should just give up dinners. Ok you get the picture...
So this morning in my study of "Intimacy with God", I turn to Psalm 51. There is was, my reminder of a true fast. This Psalm was written by David at a time of repentance after his affair with Bathsheda. In the beginning verses he repents then in verse 16 and 17 he reminds himself (and me, us) that what The Lord truly wants from us is a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart.
In other words, no matter what we fast what He truly desires is that we do so with great sorrow of our sin and sinful nature. His desire is that our heart is tender and pliable to His word and His will for our lives.
Abba Father, please give me a clean heart. May it be tender and pliable as you shake, shape and sent me forward!
New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.