21 Day Daniel Fast…

4 Jan

I, along with many others at LifeChurch, began a 21 day fast on January 1st. I am doing what is known as a Daniel Fast. The Daniel fast originates from Daniel 1:8-14 which says:

8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

The purpose of this fast for me, is simply to help me turn my focus FROM sin and back to God. My reliance has recently turned away from God and to man to fulfill my emotional and spiritual needs. A fast from food is simply my way of giving myself a constant reminder to pray and fully rely on God. Hunger pangs remind like nothing else I know. They have a way of getting my attention. Since I cannot quiet that urge by covering them with food, I must look to an alternative source. God is all I need. God can and will provide the nourishment that I need both physically and spiritually.

Of course, I am not going 21 days without eating. I found that my limit is 5 days for a complete food fast. On the Daniel fast, I will eat only fruit and vegetables and drink water, though I do intend to drink V8 juice as part of my vegetable intake. And let me just say, right here… this is HARD to do! I never realize how much bread, pasta, sugar, meat, etc that I consume until I do a fast like this. Although this is a challenge for me, I have no doubt that I will be blessed in my relationship with God and I am looking forward to how He will continue to teach me.

So, I’m off to microwave my sweet potato for lunch and force some water down with it.

God is always faithful to provide everything I need.

 

One Response to “21 Day Daniel Fast…”

  1. hopeannfaith March 9, 2010 at 1:48 am #

    I did this with the V8 as well three years ago. Do yourself one favor…you dietary habits without those breads and sugars will change permenantly with this fast…try not to indulge again. Anything done successfully for 21 days becomes habit. The Daniel Fast will improve your health and change your dietary lifestyle for the better…just gravy [no pun! :)] after deepening your walk with Father God! Blessings

    btw…I am fasting all beverages except for tea and water…no sugars and no breads…until after Easter…40 days for this one. A Lenten fast to deepen my walk, as well. Funny thing I started with just the beverages…God then spoke about the sugars and breads…Gotta love Father! 🙂

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