Daniel 10:2-3, "In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled."
(Refer to Daniel 1:8-20)
The Bible teaches us that we are a spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body. The Daniel Fast affects all three parts of us as we enter into a period of time for focused prayer and fasting.
The Body - Certainly our bodies are effected as our diet is changed, for some in very dramatic ways, during the Daniel Fast. Many men and women experience detoxing from caffeine, chemicals and sugar. The symptoms are most often headaches, leg cramps, fatigue and malaise. Most people lose weight during the Daniel Fast. And many report healings from diabetes, allergies, arthritis and cancer.
The Soul - Frequently referred to as "the flesh" in the Bible, the soul is also greatly impacted during the Daniel Fast. The soul is the seat of our emotions, intellect, personality and will. It is in the "soulish realm" where we experience cravings, frustration, anger and even happiness. During the Daniel Fast, your soul may very well rebel against the dramatic change in your diet. Experiencing and winning this battle over the flesh is often one of the most powerful lessons of the Daniel Fast.
The Spirit - Our spirit is that born-again part of us that surrenders to God and then abides with the Father and the Son. Our spirit is filled with the Holy Spirit when we yield to Him. During the Daniel Fast, we want to put our spirit in charge of the other two parts of us. When our flesh is acting out with a craving, we take control of it with our spirit (just as a parent takes control of a rebellious child).
During the Daniel Fast eating is like a vegan diet with more restrictions. The only beverage is water. So the primary foods are fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. There are no sweeteners on the fast, and no processed foods or chemicals. During your Daniel Fast you will have many times when you might want to "stretch the rules" a little bit. For example, even though the guidelines say we are to drink only water you conclude that herbal teas are vegetables and water is water and therefore you will go ahead and drink herbal teas during the Daniel Fast. But I want to encourage you to learn a powerful spiritual lesson by asking yourself (examining your heart) the question, "Why do you want the herbal teas?"
My guess is that the answer will be, "Well I just want them. I can't drink only water. I have to have something else." The Daniel Fast teaches us to deny "ourselves" and instead put our spirit in control over our flesh. As you plan your meals and eat your food, keep in mind that the definition of a fast is to deny food for a spiritual purpose.
Fasting is always coupled with a spiritual goal. So during this time of fasting, you will want to focus on prayer, study and meditation, for the specific purpose of repentance and cleansing from our sins, purity and consecration to God, to receive His Divine counsel, intervention and direction in our personal lives, churches and ministries, for salvation of souls, major breakthroughs financially, and for the manifestation of His power and glory in every area of our lives, families, marriages, community and nation; to destroy every yoke and undue every heavy burden in Jesus name! (Matthew 17:21; Is. 58:1-14; Dan. 8:1-20)
Prayer: Father God, grant me your grace and strength to give myself wholly unto You in fasting and prayer. Cleanse my heart from all sin and defilement. Wash me thoroughly and create a clean heart in me. Let Your Kingdom come and You divine will be done in my life, marriage, family, health, finances, city, nation, and church. Bless our leaders and those who have authority over us. Give them Your wisdom, divine counsel and direction that we might live in peace and quiet from all destruction, hardship and war. Father God, sit enthroned over our country and cause Your purposes to prevail in Jesus Christ name. Amen.
Please share this blog with others on your social network sites. God is calling His Church to pray and fast, and to seek His face with all of our hearts in this hour. God bless you.
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.