WHAT IS THE DANIEL FAST?
The Daniel Fast is a partial fast based from the book of Daniel Chapters 1 & 10
Daniel was one of the young men of Judah’s royal family chosen to serve in the royal palace under King Nebuchadnezzar. During their training, the King assigned the young men a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens but Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine from the King. Instead he asked the chief priest for permission to eat a diet of vegetables and water. The chief priest showed concern that Daniel would look malnourished so he allowed him to be tested on a diet of vegetables and water for 10 days. After the 10 days, Daniel was stronger and healthier looking than the other young men so the chief priest allowed him to continue this diet. Daniel Chapter 10 is another source for Daniel Fast guidelines. “When this vision came to me, I, Daniel, had been in mourning for three whole weeks. All that time I had eaten no rich food. No meat or wine crossed my lips, and I used no fragrant lotions until those three weeks had passed.” (Daniel 10:2)
Why We Fast
Fasting is giving up something for a specified time with a specific purpose. It’s an opportunity to grow closer to God because when you deny your body, you feed your spirit which ultimately leads to deeper intimacy. Prayer and studying God’s Word go hand in hand with fasting. Fasting is only effective when you replace the things you deprive yourself of with things that will feed your spirit. As a church, we are believing for 2020 to be a year of health. It is our prayer that through the Daniel Fast, we will become healthy on every level: spiritually, emotionally, relationally, physically and financially.
lll John 1:2
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
Philippians 3:1-6(NLT) Whatever happens, my dear brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you these things, and I do it to safeguard your faith. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those people who do evil, those mutilators who say you must be circumcised to be saved. 3 For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised. We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort, 4 though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more! 5 I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law. 6 I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault.
If we can only remember that it is not about us, life will become so much less complicated. We complicate life when we put our trust in our own human effort, instead of what Jesus has done for us. No matter how well your religious upbringing, your religious devotion, your religious pedigree from your parents or grandparents, none of it can compare to what was done for you, instead of what you did for yourself.
That should give us great confidence and should make us overflow with joy and gratitude. We worship God by the Spirit and we place zero confidence in our accomplishment, even if they were great. Our trust is not in human effort, our trust is in what Jesus accomplished for us! Prayerfully you are on your way to the building that houses the church, you! As we gather together today in worship, we declare not our works, not our goodness, but the grace of King Jesus! So, get to the building so that we can lift our voices in one accord to the glory of God!
- Take a moment and praise the Lord for saving you. Praise Him for giving you a future in Him, regardless of your present circumstance. Praise Him right now as loud as you can!
- Thank the Lord that your confidence is not in what you have done, but in what He has done for you through Christ Jesus.
- Pray for your heart to overflow with gratitude, joy and confidence!
- Pray that you would not forsake meeting with your brothers and sisters in Christ, to serve, honor and give glory to Jesus!