Purpose Of Fast: Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? ( Isaiah 58:6)
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: ( Isaiah 58:8)
When faced with a physical problem of health/healing, you limit your diet to basic necessities that strengthen the body to heal itself of sickness or to maintain good health. Our body is designed to heal itself.
When a disease enters our body from bad dietary habits or from the outside, our bodies begin to fight it. Doctors, surgery, or medicines are most often designed to remove the source of the problem, but the healing is done by the body itself. Many common diseases are easily prevented with basic good nutrition and exercise habits.
Key Verses: ( Daniel 1:8-16/ Daniel 10:3)
PLEASE NOTE: Any member who is currently under medical care or supervision should obtain their doctor’s permission before participating in this Fast.
Step One: Be Specific – Once the problem has been defined, then pray for a specific answer to the problem. (Philippians 4:6)
Step Two: Fast As A Spiritual Commitment – The Daniel Fast involves a spiritual commitment to God “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8)
Step Three: Reflect Inner Desire By Outer Discipline – Many people have an inner desire for better health, but they can’t discipline themselves to avoid junk food, and other foods that were not good for health. The physical health you seek from God may be more than an answer to prayer. Your physical health may be linked to any of the following factors:
A.) Your food choices
B.) The level of your spiritual commitment as reflected in constant prayer during the fast.
C.) Your time commitment. If you determine to fast for a certain time, keep it.
D.) Your testimony commitment. Your fast is a statement of faith to God that you want Him to heal your body.
Faith is foundational to the Daniel Fast. (Hebrews 11:1)
Step Four: Pray To Perceive Sin’s Role in Poor Health –
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 have a role in healing both spiritual and physical health; Sick people must desire to be well; Prayer alone may not gain healing, faith is the major factor; In Greek, there are several names for “sick”. James uses “Kanino,” which not only includes disease, but also means weak or weary; Attitude is important. James said. “are there any among you suffering? Let him pray. is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms,” (James 5:13-16)
Step Five: Fast As 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 their appearance with those who ate of the king’s food. (Daniel 1:12, 13)
Step Six: Learn The Effects Of The Foods You Eat – Why are some foods good for us, and other foods not? What does certain foods do to your body? If we really knew, there would likely be some things we would never eat again. (Daniel 1:15)
Step Seven: Yield All Results To God – Daniel said, “as you see fit, deal with your servants” (Daniel 1:13)
The Daniel Fast will lead to spiritual insight
- The Daniel Fast is longer than one day
- The Daniel Fast is a partial fast. They ate, but only vegetables and water
- The Daniel Fast requires abstinence from party or junk foods. (Daniel 10-3)
- The Daniel Fast is not done privately.
Guidelines For The Daniel Fast
(Foods We May Eat)
Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley, Ezekiel Bread, Whole Wheat Pasta (Ezekiel 4:9)
Legumes (large plants): Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, black-eyed Peas
Fruits – Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangos, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon
Vegetables – Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Collard Greens, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Gingerroot, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Yams, Zucchini
Seeds, Nuts, Almonds
Liquids – Spring Water, Distilled Water, 100% All Natural Fruit Juices, 100% Vegetable Juices (Not From Concentrate)
Natural Sweeteners: Honey, Maple Syrup (dark amber), Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Cane Sugar
Natural Spices: Cinnamon, Garlic, onions, Nutmeg, Pepper, Thyme, Sea Salt, Mrs. Dash, etc.
Other Flavorings: Balsamic Vinegar, Other Flavored Vinegars, Extra Virgin Olive Oil
(Foods to Avoid)
Meat/Meat Substitutes (Seafood, Poultry, Imitation Crab Meat, Veggie Burgers, etc.), White Rice, Caffeine, Carbonated Beverages, Foods Containing Additives/Preservatives (No Frozen Or Canned Foods), Refined Sugar, Sugar Substitutes, White Flower and All Products Using It. Margarine, Shortening, Pasta, High Fat Products, Butter, Kool-Aid, Bread, etc.
Other Items To Be Eliminated: Alcohol, Smoking, Chocolate, Candy, Sweets, Salty, etc.
You may experience a ‘Cleansing Crises” which might result in a slight headache or fatigue for a short period of time.