THE DANIEL FAST INFORMATION FOR PRAY FIRST 2020
"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know," Jeremiah 33:3.
During our PRAY FIRST Week we recommend doing the Daniel Fast. Fasting allows us to tune our spirit to the flow of God’s heart so that we can come into deeper relationship with Him.
You don’t have to be a spiritual giant to do a Daniel Fast. It’s for anyone who is hungry for a deeper connection with the Lord and who is also willing to make a commitment to the spiritual discipline of fasting as a means of pursuing that connection. As a community of faith The Gate Church encourages those who are able to participate. In the past, God has done wonderful things in the lives of those who have chosen to participate in this spiritual discipline. During this time, we encourage you to not only fast, but pray, be in devotion, and spend time in God’s Word. Matthew 6:33-34 tells us, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow has enough trouble of it’s own.”– Starting the year off this way helps put your attention and focus upon the Lord for the coming year.
What is the Daniel Fast?
The Daniel Fast is a Bible-based partial fast. The purpose of the Daniel Fast is not to eat healthier or lose weight; rather, the fast’s purpose is to consecrate time for the Lord and to ask God for direction in your life. There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast. In Daniel 1 the prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. In Daniel 10 we read that the Prophet ate no meat nor any breads or foods and he drank no wine. For details we have provided a downloadable list of foods that you can eat while doing the Daniel Fast.
So from these scriptures we get three guidelines for the fast:
1. Only fruits and vegetables
2. Only water for a beverage
3. No sweeteners and no breads
How do I Prepare for the Daniel Fast? Quiet Time!
If you don’t already have an established daily quiet time with the Lord, then this is an excellent opportunity to do so. Starting your day with God is a habit that will support your faith and growing intimacy with the Lord. During the Daniel Fast, be sure to set a daily time to come before the Lord, to study His Word and His ways.
How to Begin Spiritually
Start with a clear personal goal in addition to our corporate goals. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible. Prepare spiritually by confessing your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3-4). Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you (Romans 12:1-2).
Scripture References for Fasting, Prayer, and Reading of the Word
Fasting: Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14
Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word: 1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3, 20, Joel 2:12, Luke
If you take prescription medications, have a chronic ailment, be sure to contact your health professional before beginning. Fasting should never be harmful to the body!
If you are new to fasting we recommend reading "Fasting For Spiritual Breakthrough" by Elmer L. Towns which is a guide to nine different, Biblical fast.