At that time I, Daniel, had been mourning for three weeks. I had eaten no rich food, no meat or wine had entered my mouth, and I had not anointed myself at all, for the full three weeks. (Daniel 10:2-3)
In 2019 I attended a “Jesus Heals” event put on by Shalom World Media. It was powerful. The Shalom prayer and evangelization ministry blossomed from a small charismatic group formed in India in 1989. In the power of the Holy Spirit, through many leaps of faith, Shalom has since spread its ministry around the world, not least through a world-wide media outreach, including an active online presence, a YouTube channel and an award-winning TV station, “Shalom TV, God’s Own Channel”, as they call it.
I include all this by way of introduction for those who have never heard of Shalom World Media, as I want to invite you all to participate in their latest initiative, a 21-Day Daniel Fast.
This past May I posted a couple of blog posts on the power of fasting. (See Turning the Tables and Further Thoughts on Fasting.) Now Shalom will be leading an international, online, guided Daniel Fast. It will be led by Rev. Roy Palatty CMI, a holy and Spirit-filled priest, and will run from August 1-21 for the following intentions:
- To save humanity from the deadly plague of corona.
- In reparation for the sins committed by us and our families.
- To strengthen all the evangelization efforts of bringing Jesus to the ends of the earth.
- To prepare the Holy Catholic Church to embrace a new Pentecost.
Further details and a sign-up link may be found at https://www.shalommedia.org/danielfasting/
To be honest I felt apprehensive when I first thought about participating, but I immediately realized that fear was not from the Lord. Several years ago, I felt the Lord speak these words into my heart, “Have you done enough yet? Can you say that you have?” That phrase comes back to me often and the answer is always, “Sadly no, I cannot say that I have done enough yet.” The spirit is willing, but the flesh is oh, so weak! I knew I needed to ante up, to walk the talk. Amen? Amen.
Fasting has never been more urgent. Please seriously consider this invitation, praying for and relying only on the power of the Holy Spirit. If God wants us to do this, HE will see HIS WORK to completion in us. Think of all the people worldwide who will be participating with you. Collective fasting worked wonders in Nineveh!
A few nights ago I had a dream that I think was meant to encourage us all in our prayers and sacrifices for those in our spiritual territories (those God has given us to pray for). In the dream, I had invited numerous family members to a gathering at my house. Two of the guests did not want to come into my house, but just wanted to talk to each other outside. I was not offended but thought something to this effect: That’s ok. They may not be with us, but we are with them.
In the next part of the dream I went to visit a clergyman I know, who was in the hospital. It was a spiritual illness, that is to say, he was being held captive by demons. He was paranoid and did not want to see me or anyone else. I thought, That’s ok. I’ll just pray for him in the next room.
There was great peace in the dream. I think the Lord wished to encourage us, so that we can feel confident that our efforts are bearing fruit, even though it may not be evident at this time.
Some time ago I had a dream about someone I pray for daily. In the dream I opened his closet door and the only thing hanging in the closet were hundreds of rosaries—those I had prayed for him over the years. It gave me great hope, and it should give you hope as well. Praised be Jesus and Mary!
If you decide to participate in the Daniel Fast, here is what participants are asked to do to prepare. I received this from my local Shalom leader:
Praise the Lord!
Dear prayer warriors in Christ,
We have less than two weeks to start our Spiritual journey of Daniel fasting. We need Lord’s grace and mercy to start and complete this fasting prayer with full Spirit. We need to be vigilant about the temptations, laziness, and dryness.
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
Let’s start our** Daniel fasting preparation** by offering prayers with the following intentions
1. For Fr. Roy, to be anointed with Holy Spirit.
2. For all the participants to get the strength and spiritual alertness to start and complete this fasting prayer effectively.
3. For protection of us and our families.
4. For all the intentions of Daniel Fasting.
We will offer rosaries and ask Mother Mary’s intercession, Divine Mercy chaplets praying for Our Lord’s mercy, and St. Michael’s prayer for protection.
Come Holy Spirit! Let the fire fall!