Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Donald Whitney. He said: "There’s more to a biblical fast than abstaining from food. Without a spiritual purpose for your fast it’s just a weight-loss fast… And without a purpose, fasting can be a miserable, self-centered experience."
Our fasting devotional today is part 5 of our series titled "THE NINE FASTS GOD CAN USE" from Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough".
The eighth fast we will discuss is the John the Baptist fast.The purpose of this fast is that "your righteousness shall go before you" --- that our testimonies and influence for Jesus will be enhanced before others.The key verse of this fast is Luke 1:15, "He shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink."Here is a short overview: Because John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus, he took the "Nazirite" vow that required him to "fast" from or avoid wine and strong drink. This was part of John's purposefully adopted lifestyle that designated him as one set apart for a special mission.
The ninth and final fast we will discuss is the Esther fast. The purpose of this fast is that "the glory of the Lord" will protect us from the evil one.The key verse of this fast is Esther 4:16; Esther 5:2, "Fast for me...[and] my maids and I will fast...[and] I will go to the king...[and] she found favor in his sight."Here is a short overview: Queen Esther, a Jewess in a pagan court, risked her life to save her people from threatened destruction by Ahasuerus (Xerxes),, king of Persia. Prior to appearing before the king to petition him to save the Jews, Esther, her attendants and her cousin Mordecai all fasted to appeal to God for His protection.
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