Day 1 – Fasting begins with confession.

Today we embark on an exciting journey with the Lord known as the Daniel Fast. We’re anticipating God to work powerfully among us as we draw near to Him over the next 21 days.

The purpose of this fast is worship – to present our bodies as living sacrifices to our Savior who redeemed us from slavery to sin. We praise the One who blesses us with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). We celebrate the God who never changes (Malachi 3:6) and who is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). We give thanks to the Lord for holding victory in store for us as we put our trust in Him (Proverbs 2:7).

The Bible says that God desires and actually seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). To worship Him in spirit, we must begin with honest confession, admitting our shortcomings to the Lord and asking Him to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). To worship Him in truth, we must be in the Word daily and believe what God says, not what we think or feel. We must choose to obey His commands and walk according to His ways.

In Nehemiah 9, before the Israelites spent time celebrating the Lord, they fasted and repented. They couldn’t worship God with a clear conscience until they had first expressed deep sorrow for their sins. Their example teaches us that true repentance must precede worship.

Ask the Lord today to reveal any areas of rebellion in your life that need to be confessed to Him. As He shows you, list those sins by name in prayer, and agree with the Lord that you have been wrong. Then, receive His forgiveness, and thank Him for purifying you.

Once that has been done, spend time praising the Lord for what He has done and what He is going to do. Expect great things during your Daniel Fast because we serve awesome God who is able to do anything, more than we could ever ask or imagine.

“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” Psalm 103:1