Many Christians prioritize the beginning of the year, devoted to God, in 21 days of fasting and prayer. This may be a new concept to some, so we thought we would step aside from “Physical Fitness” for the next three weeks to provide a few ideas that have been helpful in our short journey.
There is a great deal of literature available on this topic, written by scholars and pastors much more highly qualified. We are not seeking to replace those resources. We are merely seeking to enhance your experience. There are many types of fasts: Water Fast, Liquid Fast, Daniel Fast, Partial Fast, Specific Fast, and some even choose to do a Media Fast, or focus on some other area of their life that has become an “idol” taking over as their highest priority over God. (Further information on fasting)
Fasting is modeled in the Bible as a regular practice of believers for a spiritual purpose. A few references to the Daniel Fast include Daniel 10 and Daniel 1. Essentially, it is a way for you to exercise your spiritual muscles by saying “no” to the flesh and “yes” to God! You may experience a greater capacity to hear from God, experience Him in a new way, see miracles and breakthrough in your circumstances, grow closer in relationship to God, and strengthen your faith.
Fasting is not a diet. Fasting is not merely the temporary elimination of food or choice items from your life. It is intended to REPLACE that time in His presence. For example, this could mean that instead of taking a lunch break or preparing dinner throughout the fast, you use that time to pray, soak in worship music, two-way journal, or whatever way you position yourself to be in God’s presence.
You may experience discomfort in your body as toxins are eliminated through certain fasts. You may feel hunger pangs, or hear enticements to “give in” to temptation, or “give up” because its too hard. That’s when you need to press through! The enemy does not want you to grow stronger in your faith or prosper spiritually. He wants to keep you powerless so he doesn’t have to work so hard battling against your success. Be the disciple that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the devil cries, “oh no! I’ve got my work cut out for me today!”
Here are a few devotionals and resources to assist you on this journey.
Here are some tried and true Daniel Fast recipes. We have found that keeping easy meals and food available makes it much easier to keep the “focus” off the food, as well as adhere to the food list. We will be praying for strength, grace, and supernatural perseverance for each one of our readers. Please feel free to share specific ways we can partner with you in prayer. God bless you on your journey!