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What Is The Daniel Fast?

What Is The Daniel Fast?

 

The Daniel Fast is a spiritual discipline designed to better connect us with God. It comes from the biblical concept of fasting, which is a temporary setting aside of something that is in itself good, like food, or certain activities in order to intensify our expression of need for God and his work in our lives. The type and length of the fast you choose is between you and God, and should not be determined by what anyone else is doing. Fasting, prayer and reading God’s Word go hand in hand. When you fast, also pray for God’s purpose and plan for your life to be revealed (Acts 13:2; 14:23). The Bible also tells us to fast and pray about every major decision in your life (Esther 4:16). When you deny your body, you feed your spirit and grow closer to the Lord.

 

The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, which means that we will eliminate some common things from our daily diet, but will have generous options available. We will focus on eating fruits and vegetables that are pure and simple. This fast will require preparation as most meals will be made from scratch.

 

If you have any condition which would prohibit you from being a part of the Daniel Fast, there are other options. Choose something from your daily routine (i.e. specific foods or beverages, television, social media, other technology, etc.) and fast in that manner for the next 21 days (Daniel 10:3). Remember, the details are not as important as the attitude in which you participate.

 

If you have any known medical conditions, suspect such conditions or take medications regularly, consult your doctor before beginning the fast.

 

There are many ways to do the fast. This is, in part, due to the lack of details in the Bible as to exactly what Daniel did during his fast. So, below you will find a suggestion on how to do the fast and a list of foods to eat and foods to avoid.