Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Edith Schaeffer. She said: “Is fasting ever a bribe to get God to pay more attention to the petitions? No, a thousand times no. It is simply a way to make clear that we sufficiently reverence the amazing opportunity to ask help from the everlasting God, the Creator of the universe, to choose to put everything else aside and concentrate on worshiping, asking forgiveness, and making our requests known-considering His help more important than anything we could do ourselves in our own strength and with our own ideas. ”
Our fasting devotional today is titled “THE DANIEL FAST: CURATIVE HEALING” from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book “Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough”.
God has promised that prescriptive healing can come by faith and prayer. James 5:15 says, “The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.” Faith and prayer must be joined. Faith is an instrument of healing when it is joined to the tool of prayer. Even when you have faith and pray, it is still God who heals, or maintains health. The Daniel Fast rests on a three-platformed foundation: (1) faith, (2) prayer and (3) fasting.
Kevin Romine, a student at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, sat through my course “Spiritual Factors of Church Growth” during the summer of 1994. One of the assignments is to fast for a project, and/or faith event. Kevin had injured his back delivering packages while working to put himself through seminary. He was not only disabled, but he was also in intense pain. Often he had to stand in my classroom because of back pain.
In February of 1995, Kevin pitched a tent in his backyard in the county where he lived. For three days he fasted, taking neither food nor drink. He prayed for deliverance from pain, and for healing. He said, “Withholding food and drink was not the difficult part—it got extremely cold in that tent!” At the end of the 3-day fast, he continued with a 21-day fast, taking only liquids and juices.
“The pain is completely gone!” he told me three months later. “However, I haven’t tried to pick up any heavy boxes, thinking I might reinjure my back.” This student is looking forward to full-time Christian service in evangelism.