Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Ed Cole. He said: “A fast is not a hunger strike. Fasting submits to God’s commands. A hunger strike makes God submit to our demands.”
Our fasting devotional today is titled “THE DANIEL FAST PRESCRIPTION: PRAY TO PERCEIVE SIN’S ROLE IN POOR HEALTH” (part 2) from Dr. Elmer L. Towns in his book “Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough”.
James 5:13-16 reads: 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.
Notice the implications revealed in this passage:
1. Sin is sometimes related to the cause of sickness.
2. Lack of health/healing may be the result of spiritual rebellion, i.e., adultery, lying, blasphemy, unforgiveness, bitterness or similar sins.
3. Lack of health/healing may be the consequence of the sin of wrong intake, such as alcohol, drugs, cigarettes or other destructive substances. It could be a poor diet, consisting of fatty, poisonous or unhealthy foods.
4. Repentance is linked to health in James’s prescription that believers should call for the elders to deal with their sins so that they can be forgiven and healed from the cause of their sicknesses.
5. A church’s elders have a role in healing both spiritual and physical health. They not only have faith to pray, but they also deal with public sins in the church. Sickness rooted in sin can be evidenced by public spiritual rebellion such as adultery, lying, blasphemy or other sins that might bring about both poor health and damage to the entire Body’s reputation.