03 Jan Guts Church Daniel Fast
We’re starting 2017 off right with 21 days of Daniel Fasting. We’d like to include some information on fasting on our website along with recipes, scripture references, books to read and a link to our pinterest page.
Fasting by Jentezen Franklin
The Fasting Edge by Jentezen Franklin
A Commonsense Guide to Fasting by Kenneth E. Hagin
The Power of Prayer and Fasting by Marilyn Hickey
The Daniel Fast by Susan Gregory
All whole grains.
All nuts and seeds.
All quality oils.
Spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.
Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.
All dairy products.
All leavened bread and baked goods.
All refined and processed food products.
All deep fried foods.
All solid fats.
All carbonated/sweetened beverages.
“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting.” – Daniel 9:3
The Daniel Fast is based upon the prophet Daniel’s experiences in the Bible. The purpose of the fast is to restrict commonly enjoyed foods as an act of worship and consecration to God. Someone who chooses to undergo a Daniel Fast demonstrates a physical commitment to pursue a closer relationship with the Lord.
On one occasion, Daniel was greatly concerned for his people and sought the Lord’s wisdom during a time of prayer and fasting. Daniel 10:2-3 says, “At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips.” The meaning of “choice food” is not clear; however, most commentaries conclude that he ate no bread or sweets. The Message translation sums up Daniel’s eating habits during that time: “I ate only plain and simple food.”
The idea behind the fast is not to duplicate Daniel’s menu but to imitate his spiritual hunger. Daniel’s passion for the Lord caused him to seek spiritual food rather than physical food, which should be the desire for anyone doing the Daniel Fast.
The food guidelines are given to help you set boundaries for your fast. They’re not meant to push you into legalism. The focus of the Daniel Fast is not the food. Instead, it’s all about setting your eyes on God and spiritual things.
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