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“Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
(Psalm 50:5 KJV)
Theme of the fast—fasting and prayer: Your be a sense of hunger much of the time and a
goal in fasting is to become closer to God by sense of sacrifice even when we eat. We
voluntarily denying the demands of your flesh. recommend that you restrict yourself to only one
Increase your prayer life during this time. Study meal a day, leaving a small hunger.
the Scriptures with a new intensity. When the
fast is over, you should have a new spiritual Types of food included in this Daniel fast:
strength from overcoming the cravings that • Vegetables, preferably fresh or frozen
usually control your life and from dedicating vegetables. Vegetables such as potatoes,
yourself to God. beans, and soybeans will help provide
Biblical model: Do a personal study of fasting. • Pure fruit juices or fruit (no sweetened
In the book of Daniel, chapters 2 and 10, Daniel drinks or sweetened fruit): apple juice,
describes two examples of his personal fasting orange juice, grapefruit juice, cranberry
and the dramatic results. Isaiah described God's juice
chosen fast in Isaiah 58. Jesus fasted in the • It is advisable to take vitamin, mineral, and
wilderness (Matthew 4, etc.) and spoke of the possibly protein supplements during the fast.
necessity of fasting for believers. It was a normal You may also include various nuts to serve
part of early church life. Fasting is one way we as a protein supplement.
respond to the admonition throughout the
Scriptures to die to our self-will and not to Foods not included in this Daniel fast:
accommodate the desires of the flesh. • Sugar and sugar products (desserts, soft
Following your own conscience: The precise • Drinks including caffeine (coffee, tea, etc.)
details of your fast are between you and God. In • Bread, grains, and rice
Romans 14, the apostle Paul describes how we • Meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, eggs
should relate in love to one another in the matter
of what we eat or choose not to eat. He says, Water: Drink 8 glasses of water daily
"Each person is free to follow the convictions of throughout the fast. This is very important.
his own conscience" (Romans 14, The Message).
If you fast often, you may need to turn up your Side effects: You may experience moderate to
fasting another level during this time. If this is severe headaches for the first day or two as your
your first fast, you may not be able to endure as body rids itself of caffeine, salt, sugar, and
many restrictions as someone else who fasts various impurities. You may need to take Advil,
frequently. In the future, live a "fasted lifestyle," aspirin, or a Goodies (smile).
increasingly accommodating God and not the
flesh. Important exceptions: Anyone with a medical
condition related to eating or under the treatment
Accountability and support groups. You will of a physician must consult their doctor.
probably be most successful with this fast if you Children, especially small children, will have
make yourself accountable to at least one other special needs that must be considered. Under
person during this fast. You may want to form a these conditions, find some sacrifice in the area
group of from five to seven people who meet of food that can be made without endangering
occasionally or talk by phone. Encourage one health. Also, if you have extreme difficulty with
another. If someone falls and eats the wrong the fast, such as impairment of your ability to
foods, do not condemn them. Help them start work at your job, you will have to make
again. Walk in love and mercy. adjustments. This is not a failure of will but is
wisdom. Seek the Lord and discuss it with other
Restricting television and entertainment. It Christians involved in the fast to find
will be difficult for you to consecrate yourself if alternatives.
you feed yourself on television and movies "God's kingdom isn't a matter of what you put in
during this time. your stomach . . . It's what God does with your
life as he sets it right, puts it together, and
Overview of the fast: The Daniel fast drastically completes it with joy. Your task is to single-
restricts normal food intake by cutting away mindedly serve Christ."
many of the foods you commonly eat to satisfy (Romans 14, The Message)
your appetite. During the Daniel fast, there will