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"Pray continually." - 1 Thessalonians 5:17
The Daniel Fast is a biblically based partial fast. It is a method of fasting that people all over the world are using as they enter into the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting.
There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast. In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast:READ MORE
There are two references to fasting in the biblical book of Daniel from which the "Daniel Fast" is drawn. Daniel, chapter 1, describes how Daniel and his 3 friends ate only vegetables and drank only water. (Daniel 1) At the end of a 10-day trial period, Daniel and his friends appeared healthier than their peers who ate the rich foods from the royal table. In Daniel, chapter 10, Daniel fasts again, abstaining from "pleasant food," meat, and wine. (Daniel 10)
FOOD GUIDELINES FOR A DANIEL FAST
Daniel 1:12 “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.”
Daniel 10:3 KJV“I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”
Fasting is a form of worship. The purpose of all worship is to change the worshiper in ways that have social and interpersonal impact. We worship not just to gratify ourselves, but also to become empowered to change the world! (Elmer Towns)
Prayer and fasting is defined as voluntarily going without food in order to focus on prayer and fellowship with God. Prayer and fasting often go hand in hand, but this is not always the case. You can pray without fasting, and fast without prayer. It is when these two activities are combined and dedicated to God's glory that they reach their full effectiveness.
These are some foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast…
All fruits: These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned (watch for added sugar). Apples Apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Berries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Breadfruit, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Coconuts, Cranberries, Dates, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Grenadine, Guava, .......
Some Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast…
All animal products including all meat, poultry, fish… White rice, White bread, All deep fried foods, Caffeine, Coffee (including decaf b/c contains small amount of caffeine). Carbonated beverages, Energy drinks, Foods containing preservatives, additives, Refined foods, Processed foods. Food additives, Refined sugar, Sugar substitutes, Raw sugar, Syrups Molasses, Cane juice....