For the next 4 weeks, I will be participating in the Daniel Fast with my church. For those unfamiliar with the Daniel fast, it is based on this passage of scripture:
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.” Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
Daniel 1:8-14 (NIV)
Spoiler alert! Daniel and his buddies won. They looked great after the 10 days!
At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
The fast involves drinking only water, and eating only foods that come from the earth. Additionally, no sweeteners, natural, artificial, or naturally artificial are allowed. There are many variations of the fast (yes bread! no bread! pasta? maybe!) and the variation my church is following is below. It’s taken from our newsletter.
Now, maybe you’re asking the same question I had. If Daniel did it for 10 days, why are we doing it for 4 WEEKS?! I have no idea. But thankfully, we are only fasting Monday – Saturday, so every Sunday, I can eat a huge burger and drink a margarita. I gotta re-tox before I re-detox!
I’m hoping to get both spiritual and physical benefits from this fast. With my Fresh Body Fit Mind workouts and this eating plan, I should hopefully see some real results over the next 4 weeks. And, the only way I will make it through these 4 weeks is by depending on God to get me through. I believe 4 weeks of fasting and praying is a great way to kick off the year.
You can expect my Daniel Fast weekly posts on Sundays, and if I come across any particularly tasty recipes, I will be sure to pass them on!
Until next time!