JANUARY 4, 2021 - JANUARY 24, 2021
We want to invite you to join us for this time of growing closer to God, through a season of prayer and fasting. This year we will start our Daniel Fast on January 4, 2021 until January 24, 2021. We fast, pray and seek God's direction for our lives, asking God to reveal areas in our lives where sin needs to be confessed and turned away from, addictions need to be broken and deliverance is needed, promises need to held unto and applied to our lives daily. We also believe this can be a season of healing both physically and spiritually, we are also seeking reconciliation of broken relationships, we ask God by the power of the Holy Spirit to counsel and guide us as we seek to walk humbly before our God.
The Daniel Fast is based upon the prophet Daniel’s experiences as recorded in the Bible. Scripture gives us some insight (such as in Dan. 10:3) into what he ate and didn’t eat; however, we don’t know his complete menu. What we do know is this: In Daniel 1, Daniel chose not to eat the royal food that he was being served and ate only vegetables and drank water. Another time (in Daniel 10:2-3) he deprived himself of choice food, meat, and wine as he sought the Lord in prayer. Most commentaries believe “choice food” would have been bread and sweets.
This is why, we believe, you will find some variation in the specific guidelines for the modern-day Daniel Fast, as far as what foods are included and which ones are restricted. The food guidelines on this page are the ones most commonly observed in a Daniel Fast. The intention of today’s Daniel Fast is not to duplicate exactly what Daniel did but the spirit in which he did it. Daniel’s passion for the Lord caused him to hunger and thirst more for spiritual food than for physical food, which should be the desire of anyone choosing to participate in this type of fast.
Try not to get too hung up on what you should and shouldn’t eat. The most important part of the Daniel Fast is that you deny yourself physically so that you may seek the Lord in prayer and grow closer to Him. Your fast may look a little different than someone else’s, and that’s fine. Some people may need to be stricter than others in their food choices so that their fast is a sacrifice for them. These food guidelines are meant to be just that – a guide. They are given to help you create boundaries for your fast.
** If you have any known medical conditions or suspect such conditions, consult your doctor before beginning.**
WHAT CAN WE EAT?
These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon
These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.
These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, 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 are not allergic to soy.
All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.
NUTS & SEEDS
All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.
00% Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Black Coffee (optional), Herbal Tea, Water
All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, coconut, and sesame.
Tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.
WHAT SHOULD WE AVOID?
All meat and animal products including beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish. All dairy products including milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs. All sweeteners including sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice. All leavened bread and baked goods. All refined and processed food products including artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives. All deep fried foods including potato chips, French fries, corn chips. (Baked products are okay) All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat. Beverages including carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol. Remember to read the labels and choose fresh produce/vegetables when available.