The Daniel Fast – Part 2
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
“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.”
When going on a Daniel fast, or any type of fast, if you have questions outside of what Scripture says, prayerfully seek the Lord and be led by the Spirit for the specifics for your personal fast.
The Daniel Fast promotes healthy eating. But if you have specific health concerns, consult with a trusted health care provider before committing to this 21-day (or 3-week) diet.
- Avoid distractions.
- Focus on your Faith.
- Fill the days with unselfish prayer.
- Spend time alone with God Studying the Bible.
- Seek the Lord diligently.
- Ask for God’s Guidance in your life.
- Start by having lighter meals in the days that precede your season of fasting.
- In the Book of Daniel, the Prophet ate only vegetables and fruit, and drank only water for 10 days. Here are some acceptable foods,
- All fruits and vegetables.
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds
- Herbs and spices.
- Daniel names three things to avoid:
- All sweeteners (including honey).
- All leavened bread
The rule on Daniel’s example in the Bible shows that he drank only water during his fasts (Daniel 1:12 and 10:3). For some people, having tea or coffee is a daily treat, so they may choose to give it up for a period of fasting as a sacrifice to the Lord. Perhaps this is not the case for you and maybe you might choose to include tea on your fast. These Daniel Fast guidelines are meant to help provide boundaries. However, they are not meant to cause legalism so that you are overly focused on what to eat and what not to eat. That would negate the whole point of drawing near to God. The goal is to eliminate pleasant foods. This will give you a sense of self-denial and sacrifice. I would encourage you to pray about what sacrifices God is asking you to make on your fast.
The Daniel Fast Tony Silveira, 2012
Here are some notes on fasting for healing purposes. This also applies for other types of petitions and requests. Make sure you have a good understanding of God’s promises in His Word, The Bible.
James 5:13-16 (KJV)
13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Sin is something related to the cause of sickness.
Lack of health/healing may be the result of spiritual rebellion.
Lack of health/healing may be due to sin of wrong intake, i.e. drugs, pornography.
Repentance is linked to health according to James.
Elders (Pastors) have a role in healing both spiritual and physical health.
Sick people must desire to be well. They should understand that spiritual authority and healing are connected. Christians that constantly criticize leaders are usually prone to infirmity or debility.
The anointing oil in this passage could mean “Medicine for healing”, Symbolic of the Holy Spirit. In Greek there are several words for “sick”. James uses “Kanino”, which not only includes disease, but also means weak or weary. The sick person should call the elders (not his/her friends doing the call).
Attitude is very important.
James said, “are there any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.” During your season of Fasting rejoice all the time and avoid all forms of complaining. Complaints will not achieve anything in the Spiritual realm but a positive cheerful attitude will.
The Greek verb that is used in this passage “euthumeo”, is made up of two words: the prefix, eu, which we find in English words like eulogy and euphoria. The prefix, means good or well. And thumos, which means passion and includes anger or wrath. This unusual Greek word literally means “to be of good passions”, “to be in good spirits”.
Remember that you Fast is also a Statement of Faith to others
Daniel was making a statement of faith when he asked for only vegetables to eat and water to drink, then dared the overseer to compare the appearance of the four sons of Israel with the young men who ate the king’s food.
Praise the Lord always
Sing songs of praise to the LORD when you’re having a good day so when the bad day comes, you will praise Him still!
Psalm 18:49 “Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD; I will sing praises to your name.”
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