Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Ole Hallesby. He said: "The purpose of fasting is to loosen to some degree the ties which bind us to the world of material things and our surroundings as a whole, in order that we may concentrate all our spiritual powers upon the unseen and eternal things."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "THE DANIEL FAST PRESCRIPTION: REFLECT INNER DESIRE BY OUTER DISCIPLINE" (Part 1) from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough".
Many people have an inner desire for better health, but they can't discipline themselves to avoid junk food, finger food, or other "party food." If you want a strong physical body, you must make a wholehearted commitment to discipline your body. You must say no to improper food and yes to healthy food. Out of Daniel's deep spiritual commitment he said to his overseer in Daniel 1:12, "Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink"
The physical health you seek from God may be more than an answer to prayer. Your physical health may be linked to four factors.
The first factor is your food choices. When you enter the Daniel Fast, you not only modify your diet, but you also begin praying for God's wisdom to make appropriate choices of food in your diet, adding some and deleting others. After you have prayed for wisdom, begin learning about proper diet by reading books, listening to audio tapes and talking to knowledgeable people.
We will discuss the remaining three factors that may be linked to your physical health in the next broadcast.
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