Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Sam Storms. He said: "I want to insist that, contrary to popular opinion, fasting is not the suppression of desire but the intense pursuit of it. We fast because we want something more than food. We say No to food for a season only to fill ourselves with something far more tasty, far more filling, far more satisfying. That is to say, if one suppresses the desire for food it is only because he or she has a greater and more intense desire for something more precious – something of eternal value."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST" (PART 2) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book "The Daniel Fast".
Today, we will deal with the second step: Plan.
Take some quality time to plan your fast. What is your purpose for the fast? When will it begin for you? When will you complete it, and is there something you will do to acknowledge the finishing point? Review your calendar and consider the appointments and activities that are planned. Do you need to change any of them? Do you need to make special arrangements due to the fast? What study and devotional materials will you need? Do you need to purchase them or order them online?
Consider what your day will be like when you are fasting. Will you get up early to spend time in prayer, study, and meditation? This is also the time to consider meal preparation during the Daniel Fast. Will you pack lunches for work or school? Can you dedicate several cooking days during the fasting period to save on meal prep time? Try to imagine your days and plan for them with the fast in mind.
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