Our fasting devotional today is titled "THE DANIEL FAST PRESCRIPTION: FAST AS A STATEMENT OF FAITH TO OTHERS" (part 1) from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough". Most people define faith in the words of Scripture in Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Faith may also be defined as "affirming what God said in His Word." Daniel was making a statement of faith when he asked for only vegetables to eat and water to drink, then dared to ask the overseer to compare the appearance of the four sons of Israel with the young men who ate the royal food. Daniel's statement of faith, therefore, was not just a private act. Faith is acting on God's Word. When you modify your diet for a biblical goal to accomplish the will of God, you are acting on faith, and expressing your willingness for it to be a public act. Jesus recognized that some fasts should be private. Matthew 6:16 says, "When you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance...that they may appear to men to be fasting." There are times when you do not tell anyone you are fasting. Occasionally I have been invited to a meal with others while I was fasting. They were situations I didn't plan and couldn't cancel. For example, recently the pastoral staff at my church was called at 11:30 AM for a luncheon that day. I didn't make a big deal of my fast, but said nothing. When the waitress asked for my order, I simply said, "I just want coffee." Because I didn't call attention to my fast, no one else treated it with significance. My fast continued privately to God.
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