One of the most underused tools of anticipation is the power of asking. Many times we do not receive simply because we do not ask, or we may have asked in the wrong manner, or asked the wrong person, or even given up on the inquiry. Whatever the matter may be, we have not – because we ask not.
In some religions, October 17th marks the beginning of a 40 day fasting ritual in which people believe to seek out the very things they desire and lack the most; be it monetary, physical, spiritual or emotional. For many, this is a time of cleansing the soul and renewing the spirit and takes place exactly six weeks prior to the festive holiday we know as Thanksgiving. Diverse religions observe this traditional time of year with parallel forms of scriptural reference from the King James Version of the Bible, New American Bible, New Jerusalem Bible, the Quran to Buddhists references, all with differing ceremonial techniques. Amongst all religions though, remains one common dynamic that is noted, which is the reference of the number of days in which spiritual fasting occurs, ranging from one to seven to 40 days, though many individuals position their own time preference.
I am not religious nor have I ever participated in or attempted a 40 day fast of any kind. I do however, make time for periodic fasting with reflection, prayer, and meditation, to ask for and deal with the many things I cannot accomplish while in the constant company of others. Fasting alone is best from a spiritual view and is effective regardless of religious preference, way of life, ethnicity or origin. Moses was alone when he fasted twice on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights with neither food nor water; Elijah was alone when he fasted for 40 days and nights during his journey through the desert. Many people view fasting as a form of starvation, and have very little knowledge of both its benefits and restorative powers. I find that fasting and asking collectively give way for mental clarity, healing, and appeal to be honored.
I also love the Moon this time of year. The Harvest Moon or modern day “Hunters Moon”, sits gracefully in its fullness near to the autumnal equinox. It aligns its beauty during late September through most of October, and rises nearly the same time each night. At the peak of the Harvest and because of the light consequent from this Moon, farmers are often able to work late into the nights in an effort to cultivate corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, wild rice and other goods for the season. As we’ve come to witness in this very week, the harvest moon frequently appears to be brighter, bigger, more colorful, and closer to the Earth than that of other full moons. The power of the Moon delightfully provides us with more confidence, strength and insight to ask for that which we are seeking.
I don’t know many things but I am sure of one; God’s love is infinite, His grace is never depleted, and His Word is bond. There are few pre-requisites, but HE really does want us to ask Him for what we need and desire. God asks only that we ask with a pure heart and honest intentions. No matter how immense or insignificant your issue, you should give all things to God in prayer, with one conscious component in mind; what is for you –will indeed be for you; and what is not for you will not be granted. We should understand the significant purpose of this divinity.
I find the power of prayer to be so amazing. Prayer and meditation puts me at peace when I seek the assistance of the Universe. Like any good father, God wants to bestow us the very best life (not just in a diet), the very best of love (not just what we feel we should settle for), and the very best of prosperity, goodness and gain (fit for Kings and Queens) throughout our eternity. During this abundant harvest season, continue to ask, seek, knock, and irrefutably anticipate the bequest. Great things await you; your request is waiting to be heard.
Absolute Love for your Tuesday and your harvest.