2017 Daniel Fast

A Little Background                  

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A Daniel Fast is a spiritual discipline designed to help us become better connected to God.  A Daniel Fast is a partial fast, where we abstain from some foods that are normally in most of our daily diets.

The basis for a Daniel Fast is found in Daniel 10:2-3.
“2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.  3 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.” (King James Version)Daniel had entered into a time of prayer and fasting for a spiritual breakthrough, in his case the interpretation of a vision from God. We find from reading the rest of the chapter that Daniel received his spiritual breakthrough in the form of an angelic visit.

Purpose:
What is fasting?
Fasting is the abstinence from food (complete or partial) for spiritual breakthrough,
ultimately to get to know God better. Fasting is often seen as abstinence from some form of
gratification, for a period of time, in order to achieve a greater spiritual purpose.
What is the purpose of prayer and fasting?
Prayer exercises our faith and hope. Fasting, done properly, is to:
Ø Honor God – Matthew 6:16-18
Ø Humble yourself – 2 Chronicles 7:14-15
Ø Discerning healing – 1 Corinthians 11:30
Ø Deliverance from bondage – Matthew 17:21, Isaiah 58:9
Ø Revelation – Daniel 9:3
Ø Revival – Acts 2:16-21
Ø Repentance – Psalm 51
How to approach the fast?
“When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t
make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small time celebrity but it won’t make you
into a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your
hair, brush your teeth and wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He
won’t overlook what you’re doing; He’ll reward you well.” Matthew 6:16-18 MSG
What to do while fasting?
Ø Praying
Ø Reading/Studying the Word of God
Ø Praise & Worship
Ø Communion
Encouragement:
Dr. Ben Lerner, said it best, “If it comes from God, it shouldn’t be impossible to follow.”