People often step into a new year with resolutions, wanting to live differently or setting goals for what they would like to see. I think goals & dreams are important. What is more vital, however, is to know what God is saying about the year. God loves to speak to us. Each season (and year) comes with specific things that He is saying and doing on the earth. What He desires is for His children to know His voice (John 10:27). One of the ways to set ourselves apart in order to hear His voice is through fasting. To set aside something good (like food) in order to express need for something greater (His voice & direction). Fasting can be powerful, if our focus is on Him and we believe that He wants to speak to us. Fasting is NOT a way to manipulate God to speak to us nor is it a works-based dedication. As we seek the Lord as a church family, may our hearts be full of love, expectation and hunger for Him. It will be fun! We are so glad that you will be joining us on this journey.
Take some time to understand and prepare yourself in advance with the information below to get the maximum benefit. Let us set ourselves apart for the Lord and watch how he moves among us!
What Is a Daniel Fast?
The Daniel Fast is based upon the prophet Daniel’s dietary and spiritual experiences as recorded in the Book of Daniel in the Bible. It’s a partial fast that focuses very heavily on vegetables and other healthy whole foods, but leaves out any animal sources of protein. Many users of this biblical-based fasting method follow it for 21 consecutive days.
The Daniel Fast is specifically referenced in the Bible in two sections of the Book of Daniel:
“…8 But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.”
“…12 Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.”
Reason for fasting: resolved not to defile themselves – vs 8.
Method of fasting: vegetables and water – vs 12.
Daniel 10: 1-4
…2 In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks. 3 I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed.
Reason for fasting: Daniel is mourning over the disturbing vision he’s had So he is fasting for 3 weeks, during the same time of mourning – vs 2-3.
Method of fasting: very much the same as chapter 1.
Result of fasting: The answer to his prayers comes in the form of another vision on the 24th day about Israel’s future – vs 7.
Keep your Daniel Fast about your faith and NOT about the food!
How to Prepare for the Daniel Fast
Special Note: if you have health issues, please be sure to contact your health professional for advice before committing to any fast including the Daniel Fast. The information provided here is to assist you. The Edge Foursquare is not promoting any medical or health providers or their offerings. Pray and adjust the fast as needed.