January 2016 Ultimate Daniel Fast Recap and Testimonies

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Nearly 6,000 believers from around the world joined the January 2016 Ultimate Daniel Fast. The annual online fast was held January 3-23, 2016, and our theme was, “FIGHT!,” based up 2 Cor. 10:3-4:

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”

Participants who signed up through my Ultimate Daniel Fast website received a weekly email, which contained a devotion, video, recipe ideas, and other helpful resources. More than 450 participants also registered as a team leaders. Each leader recruited a group to fast along with them, and all leaders were supplied with weekly study and discussion questions.

The January 2016 Ultimate Daniel Fast was a wonderful journey! We saw God move in mighty and miraculous ways. People were healed. Saved. Encouraged. Changed. Delivered. Strengthened. Transformed.

Our Daniel Fast may have concluded, but it certainly hasn’t ended. God is still working! I believe we’ll continue to see answers to prayer as we trust in the Lord.

Many participants have emailed to share what God has done. Following are testimonies from this year’s online fast:

  • I thank God for the Daniel Fast. It brought me closer to the Lord, and I also have a deeper understanding of the Word.” – Martha
  • This was my first time doing the Daniel Fast, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. My greatest fear was giving up coffee. However, as I lay awake that first Monday morning, the Lord reminded me that I hadn’t really enjoyed my coffee so much the last couple of weeks. So I said, “Ok, Lord. Let’s do this.” I never had the slightest hint of a headache or lethargy from giving it up. I praise God for that touch of His hand! I have also found out from a health standpoint that, while I’m not planning to embrace a total vegan lifestyle, I want to eat this way a lot more than not. It has been a wonderful time with the Lord.” – Charles
  • “During the Daniel Fast, I prayed that God would give me peace about a situation, and He did just that.” – Olivia     
  • “I’m so grateful about how rejuvenated I feel and the revelations that have been revealed throughout this time of fasting. This fast has not strengthened only my personal relationships but also my working relationships. My spiritual ears have been more open than ever before.” – Kay
  • “This is this first year I have done the Daniel fast with a group. It was great for my family and me to be a part of this group. I always journal during my fasts and this year I was able to feel the Holy Spirit speak about issues of shame and guilt that needed to be released. I knew I had a group of prayer warriors behind me as well! I have a healed heart, which now helps me to be more present to share the gospel to others! Praise be to God!” – Denise
  • “This was the first time my girlfriend Ruth and I did the Daniel Fast, and it was amazing. I was diagnosed as a diabetic in 2013. My blood sugar stays in the range of 200-340 the majority of the time. During the fast, it was around 200. After the 21 days, my blood sugar has been 122-140!” – Guain      
  • “My husband I were separated, but we managed to work it out and save our marriage. We were having problems with finances. But we were able to get our light, gas, and cell phones paid for a couple of months. I’m so thankful and blessed to have God’s people helping me on this journey. God is so good!” – Kionna
  • After weaning off my coffee addiction more than 22 days ago, this morning I realized I’m changed. It’s good but not a necessity. God has changed my perspective on a lot of things. He is good and worthy of ALL praise!” – Anne
  • “Thank you so very much for connecting me with Sue, my team leader. We’ve had a couple of heart-to-heart conversations by email. She has been an answer to my prayers for a prayer and fasting partner. I couldn’t have found a better one. Thanks so much.” – Ina
  • Thank you, Kristen, for your leadership and for putting Ina on my team. We became good friends and exchanged phone numbers and addresses in order to stay in touch. She has been a complete blessing to me and so have you!” – Sue
  • “I’m praising the Lord for the strength He has given me during this fastI have been diagnosed with polymyalgia rumatica, which causes excruciating pain all over the body. I noticed that during the fast as I eliminated all sugar, my pain seemed to subside. I’m overjoyed at the results! I told my doctor about it, and she just smiled. Apparently, she knew about sugar causing inflammation. She told me to continue what I was doing. I appreciate you and wish you nothing but blessings. Please continue to help all those out  there who are sick with inflammation and other chronic problems.” – Iris
  • I decided to seek God this year during the fast for several reasons but mostly to draw closer to Him. I resolved to suit up daily (Eph. 6:10-18) and continue to FIGHT on my knees because my battle is the Lord’s, and He is for me. I was able to seek and find Him during my fast. Praise Him! He is so faithful.” – Martha
  • This is the third year that my husband and I have done the Daniel Fast, and we love your book. Thank you for taking the time to lay things out so clearly!” – Robin
  • “I’ve previously had challenges with fasting, but this time I had made up my mind I was going to fast, so I enquired about the Daniel Fast. It has been a wonderful month. I have never spent as much time with God. I feel so much closer to Him.” – Faith
  • “What can I say? This fast has been so blessed! I’ve done the Daniel fast before, but not in a couple years. Each time I’ve done it, I’ve experienced such a spiritual awakening and such a closeness with the Lord that’s always indescribable! The fast is over, but I don’t feel like it’s the end. I believe it’s the beginning of going even deeper, greater, and higher in our Lord!” – Tinie

Praise the Lord for all these wonderful testimonies of His goodnessAll glory to His holy name!

If you weren’t able to participate in the January 2016 Ultimate Daniel Fast, don’t be discouraged. You can do the Daniel Fast any time of the year!

My book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, will be a huge help on your journey. It walks you through every aspect of the fast with 21 daily devotions, 100+ recipes, meal plans, grocery shopping lists, and tips on fasting. Finally, be sure to subscribe to my monthly newsletter to stay informed about future online fasts.



  1. Dorthy Castro says:

    Dear Kristen
    Our church sated doing the fasting the 10th of this month , I never done any type of fasting at all before , but I was so bleess that I have to tell and give glory to God .
    First of all I didn’t have a job, and GOD gave me a job , I gave my addition to coffee to GOD ,
    I don’t feel the need to drink coffee no more , also I stared in exercise program . I’m so glad that I did this . Also your book was a lot of help as well . Thank you

    • Hi, Dorthy! Thank you so much for your comments and for sharing how the Lord has been working in your life. I’m also glad to hear that my book was helpful. Thank you for purchasing it! May the Lord continue to bless your obedience as you put your trust in Him!

  2. Shirley Hynes says:

    Hi Kristen,
    I’m not given to fasting so when my pastor announced on January 6 that we would go on the Daniel Fast for two weeks, I became discouraged because fasting in the past for me has always meant being unbearably hungry. And the thought of eating salads for two weeks was very unpleasant especially since it’s winter. I wanted to be in unity so I cried out to the Lord and asked for help. That’s when I found your website. I love soup so I was delighted to find so many recipes. The first soup I made was the Black Bean Minestrone. With the first bite I literally said Thank You Jesus…I will not go hungry. It’s Delicious!

    I really do thank you for this website and pray that the Lord continues to bless you. You don’t know how much these recipes mean to me. Although the fast is over I continue to make these recipes and my weight is much better and getting better every day.

    I will purchase your book today and continue to make the recipes throughout the year. The health benefits along are amazing. This way of eating has become my new lifestyle.


    • Hi, Shirley! Thank you so much for your comments. I’m so glad the Lord led you to my website and that you had a wonderful experience on your first Daniel Fast. I pray the Lord will continue to strengthen you with His power as you trust in Him. 🙂 And, yes, do get a copy of my book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. It’s a wonderful resource and will be helpful for you every time you participate in the Daniel Fast!

  3. Michele Bobbitt says:

    Hi Kristen,
    Are egg whites or egg substitute allow on the fast?

  4. Are vegan dishes appropriate for the fast

  5. I purposed the fast in obedience to God leading me to do it. My 3 week fast started on Monday, Feb 1, and was supposedly ending this past Sunday, Feb 21. I say supposedly because even though I did the 3 required weeks and felt great health wise, I also felt that I needed to extend it for additional time as the spirit led me so I’m on Week 4. I now feel that I no longer need to be so restrictive but will continue this way of eating from now on because I feel so much healthier, I didn’t feel deprived and I didn’t even miss my coffee! I kept the meals simple so I could focus more on reading the word, doing the devotionals and answering the questions in the workbook, than in making different recipes for every meal. The past 3 weeks I had wonderful closeness with God and with the Holy Spirit. I learned so many things not only about how to have faith and complete trust in God, but got clear directions on what I was seeking — my purpose. I have other prayers that I know and trust God will answer on His time. With God, anything is possible!

    • Praise God! What a wonderful testimony! I pray God will continue to bless your obedience as you honor Him. I’m encouraged by your comments! I love to hear how the Lord is working through the Daniel Fast. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Hi Kristen, Can a person continue taking diabetic medication while on the Daniel Fast?

  7. Conway Lewis says:

    I praise. God for leading me to your sight. It has led me down my path to feeding my spiritually malnourished body. As I read testimonials I feel a great need to do the Daniel’s fast. The Lord will tell me when I am ready to start and I will follow him on my journey to a healthy life not only physically but spiritually. God bless you all.