Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. Daniel 1:11-14
Wow. Beginning tomorrow, it will be ten days until the beginning of the Anglican Consultative Council. I had not made plans for a fast. However, other intercessors and I had discerned a call for purification in regards to this prayer campaign–purification of ourselves, first, and purification of the broader body of Christ. The timing of this lectionary reading floors me. In the given context, I think to ignore it would be willful disobedience. Different people have medical conditions, etc. that limit fasting. I humbly ask each intercessor to go to God and ask Him how He would have them purify themselves.
Thank you, dear intercessors, for all that you do. Jill Woodliff