What is the Daniel Fast?

Delicata Squash with Kale and BeansThe Daniel Fast is an opportunity for you to draw closer to God through fervent, focused prayer. It involves a 21-day commitment to a partial fast, which means you restrict commonly enjoyed foods as an act of worship and consecration to the Lord. 

The Daniel Fast is not a diet, although some people do lose weight as they make healthier food choices. The Daniel Fast is a unique, life-changing experience. Participating in the Daniel Fast can result in many wonderful spiritual and physical benefits (read my blog post, Side Effects on the Daniel Fast, for more information).

If you’re wondering, “Where did the Daniel Fast originate?” That’s a great question. The Daniel Fast was first observed by the prophet Daniel in the Bible. On one occasion, Daniel was greatly concerned for his people and sought the Lord’s wisdom during a time of prayer and fasting. Daniel 10:2-3 says, “At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips.” The meaning of “choice food” is not clear; however, most commentaries conclude that he ate no bread or sweets. The Message translation sums up Daniel’s eating habits during that time: “I ate only plain and simple food.”

The idea behind the Daniel Fast is not to duplicate Daniel’s menu but to imitate his spiritual hunger. Daniel’s passion for the Lord caused him to seek spiritual food rather than physical food, which should be the desire for anyone doing the Daniel Fast.

Do you want to know God in a deeper way? Are you seeking Him for direction in your life? For healing? For breakthrough? Whatever you need, you can bring it to the Lord in prayer through the Daniel Fast and find wisdom, peace, and strength. 

I recommend the following resources to help you on your Daniel Fast journey:

1) The Daniel Fast Food List – This list of “foods to eat” and “foods to avoid” is not intended to push you into legalism. The focus of the Daniel Fast is not the food. Instead, it’s all about setting your eyes on the Lord and His Word, trusting Him to help you.

2) The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast  – This book is a must-have for your Daniel Fast! It contains 21 daily devotions, 100+ recipes, grocery shopping lists, and meal plans, as well as tips on how to prepare for and break your fast. Order your copy today and get started!

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel FastOrder “The Ultimate Guide To the Daniel Fast”

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