Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Andrew Bonar. He said: “Fasting is abstaining from anything that hinders prayer.”
Our fasting devotional today is titled “THE DANIEL FAST PRESCRIPTION: PRAY TO PERCEIVE SIN’S ROLE IN POOR HEALTH” from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book “Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough”.
When my children were growing up, my wife would ask, “Why are they sick?” when they got a cold or some other illness. I answered in jest, but with long-range theological implications, “Sin–sin makes them sick.” She would laugh and say, “No, I don’t mean that.” Of course she didn’t. She wanted to know the immediate cause so she could apply an immediate remedy. But theologically, sickness comes into the world because of Adam and Eve’s sin against God. If our first parents had not sinned, neither they nor we would have the physical problems of sickness, pain and death.
The issue of sin and healing is addressed by James in his Epistle. Although there is not always a direct cause-effect relationship between sin and sickness, there probably is a correlation. You are not likely suffering immediate sickness because you sinned, but the opposite will probably be true: continued godly living will usually produce continual physical health. Of course this is one basic reason for the Daniel Fast.
Notice what James says in James 5:13-16:
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trepasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.