Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Thomas a` Kempis. He said: "Jesus has many lovers of His kingdom of heaven, but he has few bearers of His Cross. Many desire His consolation, but few desire His tribulation. He finds many comrades in eating and drinking, but He finds few hands who will be with Him in His abstinence and fasting...But those who love Jesus purely for Himself, and not for their own profit or convenience, bless Him as heartily in temptation and tribulation and in all other adversities as they do in time of consolation. And if He never sent them consolation, they would still bless and praise Him."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "FIVE STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL DANIEL FAST" (PART 6) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book "The Daniel Fast".
Today, we will begin looking at each of these five steps in greater detail:
Step One is PRAY.
You are entering this experience to draw closer to the Lord and to hear His direction for your life or the lives of others. Even now, begin praying to your Father and ask Him to bless you. Open your heart to Him so that He will show you truths that He wants you to know. Dedicate yourself and the fast to Him. And listen for His words as you purpose to position yourself humbly before your Lord. This is the most important step as you prepare for your fast.
Several years ago, I heard a Bible teacher talk about making a quality decision to study God's Word every day. The term quality decision captured my attention. Just what is a quality decision? I wondered. What I have learned since then has helped me immeasurably, and I believe these lessons over the next several broadcasts can make a big difference for you as continue on the Daniel Fast.
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