Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Isaac of Syria. He said: “When the devil, the foe and the tyrant, sees a man bearing this weapon of fasting, he is straight-away frightened and he recollects and considers that defeat which he suffered in the wilderness at the hands of the Saviour; at once his strength is shattered and the very sight of this weapon, given us by our Commander-in-chief, burns him.”
Our fasting devotional today is titled “THE DANIEL FAST PRESCRIPTION: REFLECT INNER DESIRE BY OUTER DISCIPLINE” (Part 2) from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book “Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough”.
Your physical health may be linked to these two factors.
First, the level of your spiritual commitment as reflected in constant prayer during the fast. It is not enough to do without food; you must pray during your Daniel Fast that God would give you the strength of your commitment to stay on the fast.
In case of illness, you must also pray for God to touch your physical body with healing; that the disease will be flushed out of your body; and that by eating the proper food you will be able to build up your body.
Second, your time commitment. Be sure to fulfill your fast to the conclusion of your commitment. If you make a 10-day commitment to God, be sure that you do not stop on the ninth day. As an illustration, suppose you have a sinus infection, and that the doctor prescribes penicillin. You begin taking your medicine, and in a few days you start to feel better. It’s tempting to quit taking your medicine at that point; but the doctor said to continue taking penicillin after you feel well because the entire prescription is needed to completely kill the infection. You don’t quit taking medicine when you feel better, but when the infection is eliminated.
The same can be said of a physical diet. Suppose you’ve made a 10-day commitment to the Daniel Fast, and after 7 or 8 days of a vegetable diet you begin to feel better. You think, just one hamburger won’t hurt. But there is a deeper issue here: You made a spiritual commitment to God for 10 days; therefore don’t violate your fast. In all things I Corinthians 3:9 says, “We are God’s fellow workers”. As you do your part by sticking to your fast commitment, God will do His part in giving strength and health to your body and soul.
We will discuss another factor that may be linked to your physical health in the next broadcast.