Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Tertullian. He said: "Fasting possesses great power. If practiced with the right intention, it makes man a friend of God. The demons are aware of that."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "THE DANIEL FAST PRESCRIPTION: DEAL WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF THE FAST'S FAILURE" (part 2) from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough".
The Daniel Fast may fail for several reasons:
a. The disease has endangered other vital physical organs/functions and the body can't function without them.
b. You are too late to fast and pray for healing. Perhaps you should have fasted earlier, but you didn't obey God. As a result, your disobedience allowed the disease to progress to the place where it is terminal, just as the doctor tells a patient, "You should have seen me before your cancer advanced to this stage...it's too late." We must always be readily available and obedient to enter the Daniel Fast when God directs us.
c. Your fasting and prayer were not wholehearted. God is not moved by shallow repentance or prayers that do not come from the bottom of your heart. Repentance is also necessary. When we pray with sin in our hearts, God cannot answer. Unknown sin in our lives proves that we have not spent time in the presence of God so He can show us our sin. As a result, our prayers do not get through.
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