Why Vow Before You Start Your Fast?

Regardless of whether you are fasting for 10 days, or 21 days, the two questions you should be asking yourself are the same: (1) Why am I fasting? (2) What do I want to accomplish with this fast? Elmer L. Towns say you should be fasting for focus and commitment to a project or for an answer to prayer. The Daniel Fast is a discipline vow. You strengthen your character in every area of your life when you fulfill your Daniel Fast. The Daniel Fast is a spiritual commitment. You pray while fasting for a spiritual goal. Remember, fasting will not accomplish much without serious, sacrificial prayer. As you discipline your body, you are disciplining your prayer life. The Daniel Fast is a faith vow. In Mark 11:22-23, Jesus exhorted His disciples, “Have faith in God.”

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain [problem or goal], ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him. (NASB95)

When Daniel began his fast, he made a statement of faith to eat only vegetables and drink only water. Likewise, your fast is a verbal statement at what you want God to do. With this vow we can build an altar and lay a sacrifice on it that honors God.

1 Chronicles 21:18-27 (NASB95)
18 Then the angel of the Lord commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 19 So David went up at the word of Gad, which he spoke in the name of the Lord. 20 Now Ornan turned back and saw the angel, and his four sons who were with him hid themselves. And Ornan was threshing wheat. 21 As David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out from the threshing floor and prostrated himself before David with his face to the ground. 22 Then David said to Ornan, “Give me the site of this threshing floor, that I may build on it an altar to the Lord; for the full price you shall give it to me, that the plague may be restrained from the people.” 23 Ornan said to David, “Take it for yourself; and let my lord the king do what is good in his sight. See, I will give the oxen for burnt offerings and the threshing sledges for wood and the wheat for the grain offering; I will give it all.” 24 But King David said to Ornan, “No, but I will surely buy it for the full price; for I will not take what is yours for the Lord, or offer a burnt offering which costs me nothing.” 25 So David gave Ornan 600 shekels of gold by weight for the site. 26 Then David built an altar to the Lord there and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. And he called to the Lord and He answered him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offering. 27 The Lord commanded the angel, and he put his sword back in its sheath.

What will you vow/sacrifice be during your fast? Make sure, like David, that your vow/sacrifice costs you something. Pray that God will direct you to your vow/sacrifice including the number of days. Pray that His will be done because the spirit is willing but the body is weak.

Further Reading:

The Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough – Elmer L. Towns

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