BIBLICAL HISTORY FOR A DANIEL FAST
What is the Daniel Fast?
The Daniel Fast is a biblically based fast. It is a method of fasting that men, women, and young people all over the world are using to enter into the spiritual disciplines of prayer and fasting.
There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast. In Daniel chapter one, the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would include fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two important guidelines for the fast:
1. Fruits and vegetables
Then in Daniel, chapter 10, we read that the Prophet ate no meat nor any "precious breads" or foods, and he drank no wine for 21 days. This scripture provides a couple more guidelines:
3. No sweeteners and no pastries, cakes, donuts etc.
4. Only whole grain bread without leaven was eaten.
Another important guideline is drawn from Jewish fasting principles, where no leaven is used during the fast. It is for this reason that yeast, baking powder, and similar items are not used for the Daniel Fast.
Finally, it can be concluded that no artificial sweeteners, processed foods, or chemicals should be consumed on the Daniel Fast.
To ensure the integrity of the fast, make sure to read the ingredients on labels.
BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT
The Bible teaches that man is a composite of body, soul, and spirit. During the fasting time, the focus is spiritual through fasting and prayer, which affects all three parts of our beinthe whole triune being.
As your diet changes, the body is affected. For some, this is very dramatic. Detoxing from caffeine, chemicals, and sugar will produce symptoms such as 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 is the seat of emotions, intellect, personality, conscience, soulish intuition, and will. The flesh realm craves the stimulation, producing frustration, anger, and happiness in the "soulish realm." During the fast the flesh is purged from toxins through the modified diet. As it re-aligns itself with God's design the Spirit becomes stronger. This has a powerful affect on the soul.
During the Daniel Fast, your soul may rebel against the dramatic change in diet. Experiencing and winning this battle over the flesh is often one of the most powerful lessons of the Daniel Fast.
The spirit is the part of man that must be "Born-again" at salvation. It is illuminated by the infilling of the Holy Spirit, which provides strength and direction for the spiritual journey. The Daniel Fast is a great opportunity to be trained and disciplined to yield to God's will. The goal is to take authority over the flesh. When the flesh "acts out" from cravings, the soul takes control. This is made possible by the communication of the spirit-man with God the Father, who Spirit.
During the fast, focus on prayer, study, and meditation of God's Word. Refrain from watching TV as much as possible. Limit radio and music -- even Christian! Take time for you and God.
What if you have health issues?
Fasting should never bring harm to the body. If you have concerns, consult your health professional before doing the Daniel Fast of making any major dietary changes.
The Daniel Fast is a very heathly way to eat! Health professionals will support this eating plan, but might suggest a few modifications if you have health issues that requires special attention.
The Daniel Fast: Feed Your Soul; Strengthen Your Spirit and Renew Your Body Author: Susan Gregory
The Daniel Fast
Author: Annette Reeder
The Daniel Fast Cookbook
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January 8, 2017 - January 28, 2017
Also July 23 - 29 (one week)
Jan 8 - 14
Pray for revival and the salvation of family and loved ones
Jan 15 - 21
Pray for church vision, leaders and finance
Jan 22 - 27
Pray for spiritual growth
The last day of the fast is water only for those who are physically able. We will have corporate prayer at the church every Friday night at 7:15pm.
½ head cabbage
1 small onion
Jalepeno or peppers (optional)
1 cup pearl barley (optional)
4 large cans diced tomatoes
10 beef bullion cubes
Salt, pepper and parsley to taste
Put all ingredients in large pot and cook together until vegetables are tender. When you aren't on a Daniel Fast you can add sausage (beef kielbaso, polish, etc.) Yummy!
Make cheese quesadillas and dip in organic marinara sauce.
Peanut Butter Quesadilla
(No Jelly or Jam)
Cream of Broccoli Soup
For a Large pot (For a small pot – cut in half)
2 cans soy milk
4 cans Campbell’s Cream of Brocolli soup
4 cans Campbell’s Cream of Celery soup
2 – 3 bags Green Giant frozen steamable broccoli
Add onions, carrots & celery, OR 2 pkgs of Miripiox mix from King Soopers (This is onions, carrots & celery mixed.)
Stir all 8 cans of soup together. Add 8 cans of water, and 2 cans soy milk. Add vegetables and cook together until hot.
Add seasoning to taste.
Use Broccoli Slaw from the produce isle, or cabbage and fry up your favorite veggies in canola, olive or sesame oils. Season to taste. For a little Mexican flair, add peppers to taste.
Large Portobello mushrooms
1 tsp Garlic
I Squash (any kind)
Mozarella cheese (optional)
Organic (no meat) marinara sauce
Grate squash, and sauté in olive oil with onion and garlic. Spoon into mushrooms. Top with marinara sauce, bake for 10 minutes on 400. Top with cheese and bake until melted.
Egg and veggie omlet
(Whip the egg, and pour into skillet. Let it cook until the egg starts to rise. Flip over. Fill one side with your favorite veggies and cheese. Flip the other half over the veggies and finish cooking. Serve with salsa.
Garden Veggie Straws
All natural and no preservatives. Made from potatoes, tomatoe and spinach.
These are a wonderful crunchy snack. You can have 38 straws for 130 calories
Egg and potato burrito
use whole wheat tortilla.
Use salsa or green chili make with no meat.
Some people use diary products during a Daniel Fast; others do not.
Pray and ask the Lord direction for food choices.