Lent day 21 reflection – 09 March 2021

by Donn D’souza

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

Today in the Word of God, we look at Azariah, who was put in the fire because of his belief in God. And these are his words,

“Lord, let our sacrifice be in your presence today, as we follow you unreservedly, for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame. And now we follow you with our whole heart, we fear you and we pray to you, do not let us be put to shame. But deal with us in your kindness and great mercy. Deliver us by your wonders and bring glory to your name, o Lord.”  – Daniel 3:25, 34-43

My dear brothers and sisters, what’s amazing about this prayer is that it was made in the midst of the fire. There was no time for Azariah to live, there was no way anyone in the world could have saved him. But he doesn’t worry about his body, which is the first thing that will feel the fire.

He seeks to follow God with his whole heart, in the middle of the fire. He approaches God with the fear of God, which actually means that it’s his love overflowing for God, and then he prays.

My dear brothers and sisters, this is the blueprint to deal with worldly fires. These are the four things required of us when we are in desperate situations, in fact in any situation:

1. Make a decision to follow God with all our hearts.

2. Keep God first, put our situation after God.

3. Pray, in the spirit.

4. Look for God’s perspective.

In the end God delivered Azariah from the fire and now God is waiting to deliver us from every fire that this world has to offer us. And of course, from eternal fire.

Can we make a decision to follow God all the way?

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