Why The Daniel Fast? (Read Daniel 1)
Daniel’s decision not to eat the king’s food was an outward symbol of an inward commitment he made to God. Let your choices over the 21 days reflect the hunger you have for God’s presence in your life. If there’s something that is not specifically listed that you think still qualifies as a ‘food of the king,’ then ask God to reveal to you whether it should be part of your diet over the next few weeks. The details of the fast are between you and God — use this time to focus on Him. God is certain to bless your life in new and exciting ways during the fast. We encourage you to write down your prayers and the many ways God reveals Himself to you. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do in your life and in the life of Journey Community Church!
How To Begin A Daniel Fast
Start with a clear goal. Make it specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Be sure to ask the Holy Spirit for direction. Pray daily and read the Bible. Remember this is about simplifying life and connecting with God. Make it a point to schedule time to read the Bible and pray. This is a time you are setting aside to hear what God says to you. If you only change your eating habits, you’re just on a diet!
Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4).
Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder your faith. (Romans 12:1-2).
Fast as a covenant commitment to God. (Read Daniel 1)
In Daniel 1:8, it says that Daniel purposed in his heart that he would keep himself pure from the temptations of the king’s table. This specifically means fatty meat and sweets. As a Jewish young man, he could not defile himself with the meat that was not blessed by the priests and the “delicacies” full of sugar and liquor. He was determined to remain true to His God.
Be specific in your purpose.
What is your purpose in fasting and what do you need from God? Read Isaiah Chapter 58 to see the true purpose of fasting.
Consecrate this time to cleanse your mind, soul, and body from impurity and an unhealthy lifestyle. Most of us have never really evaluated what we put into our bodies from a health standpoint. This is your opportunity to sanctify the temple of the Holy Spirit (your body) by denying the addictions of sugar, caffeine, etc.
DANIEL FAST MENU:
The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, which means we’ll eliminate some common things from our daily diet, but will have generous options still available. We will focus on eating fruits and vegetables which are pure and simple. We have included a list of foods to eat and foods to avoid.
FOODS YOU MAY EAT
Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley
Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed Peas
Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon
Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger root, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Squashes, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini,
*Veggie burgers are an option if you’re not allergic to soy.
Spring Water, Distilled Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit Juices, 100% All Natural Vegetable Juices. Water (as much as possible), Unsweetened Soy Milk, Herbal (caffeine free) Tea, Natural Fruit Juice (no added sugar), Protein Drinks
Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (small quantities), Honey, Oats
FOODS TO AVOID
Meat, Poultry, Fish
Caffeine, Coffee, Tea (including decaf)
Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives Refined Sugar or Sugar Substitutes
Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products All Breads
Dairy (milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, etc.)