The Daniel Fast and Lent 2017

Lent 2017

As an author, I’m a big fan of words. I enjoy looking up definitions to understand terms in a deeper way. So when I began writing this blog post about Lent 2017, of course, I had to do research on “lent.”

The word “lent” comes from the Old English term “lencten,” which means “spring.” On the surface, the meaning seems nice and sweet. After all, Spring is a wonderful season of the year. The weather turns warmer. Flowers begin to bloom. Nature comes alive. What’s not to like?

But you can’t experience the beauty of Spring without the harshness of Winter. Frigid temperatures. Brown, barren landscapes. Bitterly cold winds that cut to the bone. All components of Winter. All necessary to usher in Spring.

(You may think I’m chasing a rabbit trail here, but stick with me. I promise it will all tie together.)

Let’s go back to Lent. You may be wondering, What is Lent? It’s OK if you have no idea. I didn’t really either until a few years ago. 

Lent is the season of preparation in the weeks leading up to Easter when believers reflect on Jesus Christ—his life, death, burial, and resurrection. Such preparation often includes days of fasting from certain foods, television, and/or social media. During this time, many Christians also choose to participate in a Daniel Fast.

These types of sacrifices are certainly beneficial. But when I consider the definition of Lent, I have to conclude that its practice should involve more than mere meditation on what Christ did for us. 

Of course, it’s good to remember how Jesus paid the penalty for our sin. Our Lord willingly subjected Himself to the cruelest, most unforgiving Winter of all so we might experience life in Him. His death on the cross may a way for us to experience a wonderful, eternal Spring that lasts forever!

The purpose of Lent is designed to make believers ready for Easter Sunday, a day that’s all about celebrating this new life we’ve been given in Christ. But how can we celebrate to the fullest when men and women around us are still dying in their sin? How can we rejoice in our Spring when people we love are stuck in Winter?

The truth is, we can’t.

If you’re like me, you don’t think about eternity enough. You don’t dwell on the fact that your brother or sister or spouse or child is headed to Hell. But you need to think about it. And so do I.

Hell is real place. It’s not a figment of anyone’s imagination. It’s also not a joke or a party. Heaven is also a real place. People who have accepted God’s gift of salvation will be in God’s presence forever when they die. Those who haven’t, won’t. They will spend eternity separated from God and anything good. Instead of unending joy, they’ll endure utter darkness and misery, being tormented in ways we can’t even comprehend.

I see Lent, then, as a perfect opportunity to pray others into the kingdom of God. Eternity is at stake here. The need is urgent. People are desperate to know the hope we have in Christ. Lent is also a great time to intercede for other believers, who need wisdom, strength, and perseverance as they follow the Lord.

Will you fast and pray during the Lenten season, which is Wednesday, March 1, to Saturday, April 15? If so, indicate your commitment in the comments section below.

Ways you can participate:

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel FastThe most important thing is that you pray. “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results” (James 5:16B NLT). Your prayers make a difference and will change the history of people you know!

My prayer is for the Lord to pour out His power as we seek Him during Lent. May we see thousands of people turn to Him for salvation! May we also be revived in the process!

If you plan to do the Daniel Fast during Lent, be sure to take advantage of the helpful resources in my book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. It provides everything you need, including 21 daily devotions, 100+ recipes, three weeks of meal plans, grocery shopping lists, fasting tips, and more!

Comments

  1. Patricia B says:

    Hi Kristen,
    I am trusing God that i will be able to fast during LENT. I however had one question, during this period of fasting, will one be required to do the food plan for Daniel fast?

    • Hi, Patricia! The way you fast is up to you. You can do a Daniel Fast, water, or just. You can also do a combination of the three. Some people may choose to do a water fast one day a week through Lent. Just ask God what He would have you do. He will show you!

    • Linda Bristow says:

      I pledge to fast and pray for the salvation of the lost during this Lenten season! May the glory of the Lord illuminate us all as we surrender our fleshly desires over to the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit, and may God be glorified as we turn our hearts and minds towards interceding for lost souls.
      Amen

  2. carol pendlebury says:

    I will use a prayer journal and interced for family and friends who do not know Christ.
    I will also use your book Spiritually strong for support and ideas.
    Thank you for your emails and videos for the January Daniel Fast.

  3. Sarah Smith says:

    Thank you Kristen! God be with you and your
    family! I am looking forward to doing the
    Daniel Fast again in March! The Lord revived
    me again during the January fast! You and your
    husband videos are always encouraging to me!
    I love the Ultimate Daniel Fast book!
    Sarah

  4. I will be fasting and praying

  5. Yes, Kristen, I will commit to fast and pray during Lent 2017. My husband & I did your Daniel Fast (again) this year — it was awesome! Ron has always been a meat & potatoes guy, but HE told me there was not one recipe of yours that he did not enjoy — and have recommended your book to others as well. We so appreciated Justin’s participation this year — loved your videos & outtakes 🙂 I had also purchased Spiritually Strong & hope to start that soon. Our daughter actually graduated from Evangel U in 2013 so we’ve attended James River AG a number of times. It was how I found you when searching for ‘a’ Daniel Fast to do a few years ago. I read some things you wrote — mentioning your pastor (John Lindell) — and recognized his name. Ron & I love to take leisurely drives back to Springfield (i.e. 16 hour trip) so perhaps we’ll see you at James River sometime. Thank you so much for what you do! May God continue to pour out His blessings on you, your family and your ministry.

    • Hi, Karin! I apologize for the delay in responding. Your comment got flagged as “spam,” and I just found it today! Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement, especially about this year’s fast and the videos. 🙂 I’m glad you’ll be participating in another fast during Lent. Be sure to check out my latest blog post for resources that will help make your fast more effective. May God bless you as you seek Him! And, yes, when you visit James River Church, please let me know. I’d love to meet you and Ron!

  6. I want to join this lent time in fasting. I need encouregment and guidance so that I don’t feel alone in this journey?
    I was also part of the Daniel fast at the beggining of the year and it was a big blessing in my life.

  7. Shereé Holmes says:

    I’m in!! I did the Daniel Fast with you in January, and I’ll be fasting again during the Lenten season with my church. It’s a combination of fasts for us…and we start of with the Daniel Fast!

  8. Marilyn Ortaliz says:

    Count me in!! Thank you Lord!! Wow!! This is going to be pretty exciting!! 😊🙌🙏👍☝🔥

  9. I will join. 🙂

  10. Angienette Anderson Smith says:

    Count me in!

  11. I have very rarely participated in Lent. As an Apostolic Pentecostal, I have done various fasts at various times of the year, but I can’t recall a time when we did it during the Lent season. However, this year, as I am continually positioning myself to be elevated into the call of ministry that the Lord has given me, I have been seeking more ways to get into His presence and to seek His face for strength, wisdom, and guidance. So, yes, I am committing to all of the above, not only for myself and my wayward children but for those who have never known Him, those that have known Him and are now back sliders, and those that have known Him and want to go deeper & higher in Him, despite whatever obstacles they are facing.

    • Praise the Lord! Rose, I’m so glad you are pressing in to know God in a deeper way. He will certainly draw near to you as you draw near to Him (James 4:8).

  12. Im in this will be my first but im ready😀😀💪🙏

  13. PAMELA KASHAMBA says:

    Count me in

  14. I will join.

  15. I WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE AGAIN TOO ….MANY THANKS FOR YOUR MAILS

    AND RECEPIES ….

    LOVINGLY

    MARLISE

  16. Bernadette says:

    I’m in!!! I never met you Kristen but I know you are an incredible person. God bless you and thank you for this information.

  17. Tina Sanderson says:

    I will pray about how I will pray about what type fast the Lord will have me to do…I will definitely print out the prayer guide and I will know once I hear from God to what extent my fast will be.

  18. Excited to participate. I am planning to participate in the Daniel Fast at least one week per month.

    • Wonderful, Althea! I’m sorry for the delay in responding. Your comment got flagged as “spam,” and I just found it today! Thank you for fasting and praying. Be sure to check out my latest blog post for resources that will help make your fast more effective. May God bless you as you seek Him!

  19. Hi there, I will join.
    The Daniel Fast was very intense ….
    Thank you

  20. I would love to participate in a Daniel fast! I have done it before during Lent and it was very powerful!! How do I sign up!? I need accountability! I am surrounded by a lot of Christians but none ever fast and they think I am crazy for fasting. I need support so that I won’t allow people to talk me out if this!

  21. I would like to participate in this Lent Daniel Fast. I’ve done the Daniel Fast once before about a year with a group of online participants. Thank you!

  22. Hi My name is Deborah I am in my18th day of the Daniels Fast first time ever I started on the 1st It has been a journey.I have gotten the nutrition part.It is my spiritual aspect that I feel I haven’t quite did the way I should ,reading and being attentive to prayer due to the work caring for my grand baby while my daughter is away at school and her husband away at basic training.In the course of the day I pray but feeling its not enough I be decided to go on this journey for Lent pray with me as I go through The journal part I do llke.I feel I can have that quiet time before bed and write each day thanks for the idea

    • Deborah, I’m so glad to hear it. Yes, keeping a journal will help you stay focused and on track. 🙂 May God bless you abundantly as you seek Him through prayer and fasting!

  23. I plan on doing the daniel fast during lent and I’m so excited to strengthen my faith and know our God more intimately! I’m also inviting over 90 women to join me in the fast at a woman’s Bible study this Thursday night. Please pray that hearts will be moved.

    • Brenda, that’s great! Praise God! I will pray for you. Also, do you have a copy of my book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast? It’s an extremely helpful resource for the fast. I would appreciate your recommending it to the ladies. You could all go through it together! “Father God, I thank you for Brenda’s faith and her willingness to fast and pray. As she steps out and invites other ladies to join her, go before her, Lord. Prepare the women’s hearts and give them courage to commit to the Daniel Fast. May they be enthusiastic and excited about going on the journey. Thank you for the good things you have in store for them as they commit to this special time of prayer. Bless them in every way. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!” 🙂

    • Brenda, I want to recommend two resources in addition to my book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. You can download my Lent 2017 Prayer Guide and sign up for the Lent 2017 Daily Prayer Points, which are daily emails sent throughout Lent. May God bless you for your commitment to pray!

  24. Stacy Jackson says:

    I’m in on the Lent as I have been participating in the Daniel Fast for the past two years. I will pray & ask God how I should fast for this Lent, as I have done Lent before doing fruit smoothies & water only.

  25. Mimi Martinez says:

    I really want to participate in fasting during lent in sacrifice for the person I love but I am week and need God’s strength and your help.

  26. I am in for another fast. I have seen the spiritual growth in me as well as others have seen and I know it was God and my every day prayers that helped me. I am looking forward to March 1, 2017.

  27. I will like to try the Daniel Fast during Lent.

  28. I will pray for my non-believer friends and family during this time, and intercede for my friends who need God’s strength. I will also fast one day a week (water only) during this time.

  29. hi just some thoughts

    No problem in fasting.
    But saying that we are fasting a Daniel 21 day fast is not scriptural.
    Daniel 1:9 Why did Daniel not eat meat or wine ( against Gods law) verse 5 …for 3 years …verse 21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus. Cyrus ruled 17 years after Jerusalem was captured
    How long did Daniel fast for ? about 17 years ?
    Daniel did not declare a fast he chose TO FAST, not to break Gods commands.
    Why not do a Jesus fast? Jesus fasted for 40 days, is IT to much to ask? ( are commanded to fast some one else’s fast?) Daniel fasted for approximately 17 years not 21 days ?

    Lets see what Daniel fasted for ? Daniel 9:1-5 Daniel …pulled out his hair…, why? he failed to remember Jeremiahs prophecy. So Daniel with a heart of repentance and not of NEED, he fasted and prayed with sackcloth and supplication. Here we see that NO time period or WHAT he eat during this fast is mentioned.
    Daniel 10 why did Daniel do for 21 days? did he FAST or did he “MOURNE” for 21 days, and in those days they usually moaned for 30 days. Verse “2 At that time I, Daniel, MOURNED for three weeks. 3 I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” Why was he “MOURNING” ? ….a great war?
    Fast but do not use Daniel fast if it does not pertain to us. Daniel chose to live according to the law of God by keeping a diet, how can we change this to a fast AND THEN DECLARE THIS AS A DOCTRINE OF GOD.
    Our so called fasts everyone knows we are doing it (SHOULD EVERYONE KNOW?). If fasting becomes a hunger strike, we know that hunger strikes brings no supernatural outcome?

    • Mario, thank you so much for your comments. I appreciate your honesty! The whole idea behind the Daniel Fast is not to imitate exactly what Daniel did (because we don’t know for sure) but to follow his example of prayer and fasting. The Bible does give us some guidelines in Daniel 10, so that’s why we exclude meat and “choice foods,” which most commentaries agree included breads and sweets. On a Daniel Fast, we choose to set aside certain foods as an act of sacrifice and worship. It’s not meant to be legalistic at all. The Daniel Fast is an opportunity for believers who have never fasted before to be introduced to this powerful spiritual discipline.

  30. I am committing to a Daniel fast. That’s how I found your website, actually. I’m looking forward to trying some of these recipes.

  31. Frances Teel says:

    Hi Kristen, I will join in the Lenten Fast. My Daughter, Son-in-Love and I did the Daniel Fast with their church in January. It was fun and I was mainly fasting to get my sugar under control. WOW! Within one week my sugar came down from 290’s to 80’s and 90’s. Only God can do that. We ate veggies and fruit and 1 fruit smoothie a day. We all joked about how much we missed “real” food. God is so good. This Lenten Fast I intend to study the bible and pray for my son and wife as they are considering a divorce. I know that God can work in wonderful ways to restore and refresh their marriage. I have your books “The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast” and the one for weight watchers. I will also keep a journal, I’ve kept one in the past and enjoy going back and reading those. God bless you and your husband as you labor to spread the Good News. Thank you for your commitment to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.(Please don’t post my last name)

    • Hi! Thank you so much for your comments. I love hearing how the Lord worked in your life during the January 2017 Online Daniel Fast. Thank you, too, for investing in my books, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast and Spiritually Strong. I pray both resources are a blessing to you! Speaking of resources, be sure to read my latest blog post for information on how to make your Lenten fast more effective. May God fill you with His power and peace as you seek Him!

  32. Angela Pope UK says:

    Hi Kristen,

    A group of us did the Daniel Fast in Jan in preparation for Short term Mission in India, which we have just returned from. I’d like to do the DF again leading up to Easter – would it be legalistic to say ‘Because its a Daniel Fast I can only do it for 3 weeks as per the Old Testament?’ or could I extend it for the whole 6 weeks of LENT?

    With thanks, Angela.

    • Hi, Angela! Thanks for your email. You are free to do the Daniel Fast for as long as you like! There is no set rule as to the length of fast. Do whatever God leads you to do. He will provide the strength and endurance you’ll need. May God bless you as you intercede! I’m grateful for your commitment to prayer and fasting.

      • Angela Pope says:

        Thanks Kristen in your faithfulness to get back to me. Will chew this over – if you’ll excuse the pun! PS the short term mission to India was actually a Children’s STM, we took 4 children aged 9-11 with us, each child had a parent to accompany them. The Daniel Fast was so appropriate as the children had a first experience of fasting for an extended period (they did 10 days, I continued for the whole 21) but realising that they can still be nourished. The fasting went ahead of truly amazing things that happened in India. So all thanks to your UDF that I found on a Google search late last summer 2016.

        • I love that you were teaching fasting to the children as well. When our daughters have participated in the Daniel Fast with us, it has been such a powerful time for our family. I’m thankful, too, that the Lord let you to my website! May He continue to open doors for you in ministry!

    • Angela, I want to recommend two resources in addition to my book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. You can download my Lent 2017 Prayer Guide and sign up for the Lent 2017 Daily Prayer Points, which are daily emails sent throughout Lent. May God bless you for your commitment to pray!

  33. Leighloni Lopez says:

    Sensing a tug from the Holy Spirit for some time to fast. It’s time I obey the Lord. Does the fast have to start march 1 and end april 15? Thanks in advance.

    • No, there is no set rule as to when and how you participate. The March 1 to April 15 time frame is the whole season of Lent. But you are welcome to join in at any time! Thank you for praying!

  34. Yvette Norwood says:

    Hi, someone sent your link to me and I am so encouraged by the testimonies. I would like to join the fast during lent.

    Thanks for what you are doing in the body of Christ.

  35. James Imerese says:

    I am interested in doing the Daniel fast for lent. I am wondering how to adjust it so that it lasts the entire 40 days. Any suggestions?

  36. Sheryl L. Moss says:

    Thank you Kristen for your website. I have tried some of your recipes during our fast I will continue to seek out for of your recipes. they are so easy. My husband is fan of the flat bread(once I got it right. and the kale and tomatoes. I wanted to know, on your double bean burger could I add the sweet potato just like the chipolte burger and baked it instead of pan fried? Would I use the same baking instructions?

    • Hi, Sheryl! Thanks so much for your comments. I appreciate your kind words! Yes, you can certainly can add sweet potato to the Two-Bean Burger and bake it. 🙂 Instructions are the same.

  37. I have never fasted for spiritual reasons before. It is on my heart to do the Daniel Fast during Lent his year. I love your idea of focusing on the lost sheep. My heart aches for the “wanderers” that I love- as well as for all of the other mothers out there with holes in their hearts. I ordered you book… Thank you for the encouragement and guidance.

  38. Denise Moyé says:

    I am very much interested in this fast for Lent. How do I sign up with you all to make sure that I receive EVERYTHING that you’re sending out during the fast. I will be purchasing your book as well. There are so many attacks coming against my family (my children, grandchildren, and me personally) from so many different directions, it has become UNREAL and almost UNBEARABLE. If I didn’t have such an intimate relationship with God I wouldn’t be here anymore. These attacks are real, but God is real in my life. There are chains that need to be broken and done away with. I need help. Please include me.

  39. Sheryl L. Moss says:

    Kristen, on your Italian Style Broccoli recipre what will happen if I left out the fennel bulb? I don’t have any. Or a better question would be: what other subtituttes could I use for the fennel bulb?

  40. I am so thankful to have come across this site! I will be praying for the salvation of several family members and friends. I’m also going to be praying for some breakthroughs in my business/ministry/career. I plan to do a Daniel fast. Thanks for this great resource and ministry!

  41. Thank you so much, yet again, for your amazing resources and heart for Jesus. You are a great servant for The Kingdom! God bless you!

  42. sandiswa says:

    im also joining the Lent

  43. Sheryl L. Moss says:

    Is there a way to make wraps out of the flatbread?

  44. Sonia Lewis says:

    can ground provision be eaten on Daniel Fast

    • Ground provisions is only vegetables, right? If so, yes. And I apologize for the delay in responding. I was on vacation last week and then had the flu for a few days. So I’m just now getting back on my feet!