WHAT IS IT?
A “Daniel Fast” is a specific twenty-one day fast based on the book of Daniel. For twenty-one days, Daniel denied the Babylonian delicacies and ate only vegetables and water - proving God’s sustaining ability (Daniel 1:8). There was another time in Daniel’s life, where He prayed for twenty-one days, before the archangel Michael came with direction from God (Daniel 10:13).
In Daniel 1, Daniel chose not to eat the royal food that he was being served and only ate vegetables and drank water. Another time (in Daniel 10:2-3), he deprived himself of choice food, meat, and wine as he sought out the Lord in prayer. Most commentaries believe “choice foods” would have been bread and sweets. The intention of the Daniel fast is not to duplicate exactly what Daniel did, but the spirit in which He did it. Daniel’s passion for the Lord caused him to hunger and thirst more for spiritual food than for physical food, which should be the desire of anyone choosing to participate in this type of fast.
As you fast, try not to get too hung up on what you should and shouldn’t eat. Remember, the most important part of the fast is that you deny yourself physically so that you may seek God in prayer and grow closer to Him. Ultimately, when it comes to fasting, Jesus gives us some clear instructions in regards to how we should fast, whether it’s a full fast, partial fast or Daniel fast.
And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
-Matthew 6:16 - 18
WHAT DO I EAT?
Things TO enjoy on the Daniel fast:
All fruit – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.
All vegetables – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.
All whole grains – amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, and whole wheat.
All nuts & seeds – almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds; unsweetened almond milk. Nut butters are also included.
All legumes – canned or dried; black beans, black eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and split peas.
All quality oils – avocado, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame, and walnut.
Beverages– distilled water, filtered water, and spring water.
Other – unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or soy milk; herbs, spices, salt, pepper, unsweetened coconut flakes, seasonings, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, soy products, and tofu.
Things to Avoid on the Daniel FasT:
All meat & animal products – bacon, beef, buffalo, eggs, fish, lamb, poultry, and pork.
All dairy products – butter, cheese, cream, milk, and yogurt.
All sweeteners – agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, brown rice syrup, cane juice, honey, molasses, raw sugar, syrups, stevia, and sugar.
All leavened bread & yeast – baked goods and Ezekiel bread (if it contains yeast and honey).
All refined & processed food products – artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, and white rice.
All deep-fried foods – corn chips, French fries, and potato chips.
All solid fats – lard, margarine, and shortening.
Beverages – alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, energy drinks, herbal tea, and tea
As you begin this year in fasting and prayer, we have put together a daily devotion for your first twenty-one days. It takes twenty-one days to establish a habit or pattern, so it is our belief that as you go through this journey with us over the next twenty-one days, it will set the pace for the rest of the year. Each day, you will receive a custom devotional wallpaper in your inbox. Grab a journal to write down your thoughts, revelations, and inspirations that you can refer to over the year ahead.
To help with this process, we encourage you to implement the “S.O.A.P” method. S.O.A.P is an acronym, which stands for scripture, observation, application, and prayer.
For each day of the Daniel fast, read through the scripture and think about what it means.
Take a close look at the verse and write down any observation that you can see from the scripture. What stands out to you?
After your observations, think about how this verse can apply to your life and write down what you come up with.
Write out a prayer for the day. It can be directly related to the specific scripture you read or whatever you prefer to pray about.
Follow along as we complete the Daniel Fast together!
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