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Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Marilyn Salmonson. She said: "Fasting empowers your spirit man, enhances your prayer life, and helps you focus on your Christian walk."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "AN IMPORTANT QUESTION TO ASK YOURSELF WHILE ON THE DANIEL FAST" from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book "The Daniel Fast".
During your Daniel Fast you will have many times when you might want to "stretch the rules" a little bit. For example, even though the guidelines say we are to drink only water . . . you conclude that herbal teas are vegetables and water is water and therefore you will go ahead and drink herbal teas during the Daniel Fast.
But I encourage you to learn a powerful spiritual lesson by asking yourself (examining your heart) the question, "Why do you want the herbal teas?"
My guess is that the answer will be, "Well I just want them. I can't drink only water. I have to have something else."
The Daniel Fast teaches us to deny our "selves" and instead put our spirit in control over our flesh. As you plan your meals and eat your food, keep in mind that the definition of a fast is to deny food for a spiritual purpose.
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