Today we begin the Daniel Fast. We did this fast last year and God answered so many prayers throughout the year.
The purpose of this fast is to be able to focus on and draw closer to God and spend time praying for some specific things.
Our fast will last 21 days and during this time we will NOT be eating meat, poultry, any type of seafood, dairy, sugars, or white flours. We will be doing as Daniel and his men did and only eating vegetables and drinking water. **We will also consume fruits and grains, but nothing with added sugars.
“The concept of a modern day Daniel Fast comes from Daniel 1:8-14 (NIV),
‘But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, ‘I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.’ Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, ‘Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.’ So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.'”
What is the Daniel Fast?
(This info is taken from the Daniel Fast website)
“The Daniel Fast is a biblically based partial fast. It is a method of fasting that men, women and young people all over the world are using as they enter into the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting.
There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast. In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast:
1. Only fruits and vegetables
2. Only water for a beverage
Then in Daniel 10 we read that the Prophet ate no meat nor any precious breads or foods and he drank no wine for 21 days. So from this scripture, we get a third guideline:
3. No sweeteners and no breads
Another important guideline is drawn from Jewish fasting principles, where no leaven is used during the fast. So that’s why yeast, baking powder and the like are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.
Finally, with all the above puzzle pieces, we conclude that no artificial or processed foods nor any chemicals are allowed on the Daniel Fast.
When asked about the eating plan on the Daniel Fast, I often say it is a “vegan diet with even more restrictions.”
Be sure to read the ingredients on labels of prepared foods to make sure they only include Daniel Fast friendly ingredients.”
I’m super excited to see what God is going to do in our lives and the lives of those we love and care for.
Here are some links to a couple of recipes from last year that should give you a better idea of what a Daniel Fast Friendly meal looks like.