Daniel Fast Day 9
Reading: Daniel 2:1-5
“In the second year of his reign, King Nebuchadnezzar started having dreams that disturbed him deeply. He couldn’t sleep.” (v 1 The Message)
The king was having bad dreams. He woke up tired. So he called in his magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and fortunetellers to interpret his dreams. If he knew what the dreams meant, maybe he would be able to sleep in peace once again.
Freud thought dreams expressed our unconscious desires, thoughts and motivations. Most psychologists today don’t agree, but are still trying to figure out why we dream and what our dreams mean. Just like people in Bible times, we wonder whether our dreams are useful. Is God speaking to us through our dreams?
Fasting sometimes affects our sleep and our dreams. If we remember them, we may want to ponder our dreams, even if at first they seem weird. Repeated dreams may tell us something. Like my recurring dream of flying with my outstretched arms as wings. Am I rising above the frustrations of the day? Does God want to set me free from habits or attitudes that drag me down?
I’d like to sit down and talk to Joseph or Daniel!
God, thank you for speaking to me as I fast—through your Word, through your Spirit, through my sisters and brothers. If you want to speak to me through my dreams, bring me me a Daniel to help me understand.