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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Lent Season

Fasting is not an end in itself, it is a means by which we can worship the Lord and submit ourselves in humility to Him. We don’t make God love us more than He does by fasting and afflicting ourselves.
One of the greatest spiritual benefits is becoming more attentive to God. Fasting is one of the means God has provided for deepening our relationship with Him. Through fasting we become aware of our own inadequacies and His adequacy. The ultimate purpose of all fasting, including the Daniel Fast, is to change us in ways that have social and interpersonal impact.
Background of the Daniel Fast – The Hebrew, Daniel had been taken into captivity by the Babylonian army as a young man, and transported to the city of Babylon. He and his three friends from Judea were being trained as diplomats/bureaucrats to serve in the Babylonian government. It was probably King Nebuchadnezzar’s plan to have them carry out his administration policies over the Jewish remnant.
The plan included immersing Daniel and his friends into Babylonian culture by giving them the finest delicacies and wine from the king’s own provisions (see Dan. 1:5). Daniel proposed to the king’s servants that they be allowed to “fast” from the king’s sumptuous fare, and to eat only vegetables and drink only water (v. 12). If, after 10 days, they were not in better health than their Babylonian counterparts, Daniel promised that they could be dealt with as the Babylonian guards wished.
At the end of the 10-day test period, Daniel and his friends were healthier in body and mind than the men who were served food from the royal palace (vv. 19, 20). As a result of his faithfulness, Daniel lived a long and useful life.
The Daniel Fast Prescription
Step 1: Fast as a Spiritual Commitment – The Daniel Fast consists of ore than just a diet adjustment or the withholding of food. It involves a spiritual commitment to God.
Step 2: Reflect Inner Desire by Outer Discipline – Many people have a desire for spiritual health, but they struggle with disciplining themselves to avoid those activities that are destructive to their spiritual health.  You must say no to improper food and yes to healthy food.
Step 3: Fast as a Statement of Faith to Others – When you modify your diet for a biblical goal to accomplish the will of God, you are acting on faith, and expressing your willingness for it to be a public act.
Step 4: The Daniel Fast Will Lead to Spiritual Insight – The results of fasting were ongoing in the lives of Daniel and his three friends. “To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding” (Dan. 1:17, NIV).
Step 5: Pay Attention to the Spiritual – Submit your spirit to the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:26), Search with your whole heart (Jeremiah 29:13), Allow the Lord to search you (Psalm 139:23-24), Allow the Holy Spirit to teach you (John 14:26), Study God’s Word diligently (2 Timothy 2:15), Pray without ceasing (Acts 9:26).