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 8) from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book "The Daniel Fast".
Today, we will continue looking at prayer in greater detail:
A quality decision means I am fully committed to stand my ground. Why is this so important? Because it’s likely that there will be times when you want to quit or give in a little. You may come home tired and frazzled after a hard day at the office and the last thing you want to eat is another bowl of bean soup or another bite of tofu. Or you’ll be home alone, just you and your cravings. Who’s going to know if you have one little slice of bread or one little bite of chocolate? Or you get a call from a friend who invites you to lunch at your favorite rib restaurant or steak house. ?Just one little lunch, you reason. ?I’ll just have the petite-cut T-bone, and then I’ll get right back on the fast for dinner.
Oh, and then there will be times when the alarm clock buzzes before dawn and you just want to stay nestled under your cozy comforter rather than getting up to study God’s Word. Or when your favorite show comes on television and you have to make a choice between watching it or memorizing that verse the Holy Spirit told you to get rooted in your heart.
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