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 with things that will feed your spirit.
Ephesians 4: 11-14
“Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.”