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21-Day Daniel Fast

Well, we are drawing closer to New Year’s Day, which will mark the beginning of the 21-Day Daniel Fast for many. Others will start their 21-Day Fast on the first Sunday or Monday of the year. Still others will commit to a shorter period of spiritual fasting, but still give a “first fruits offering” of themselves to the Lord by beginning the New Year with prayer and fasting.

The 21-Day Fast is the most popular, primarily because that is the model set out by Daniel in Chapter 10:2, 3“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

I hope you will find all the information you need on this site to be successful on your fast. One thing I want to advise: be prepared! First, have the right kinds of foods in the house that you can eat for the Daniel Fast. See the Daniel Fast Food List. Also, plan your menus and prepare the foods so they are available to you. See the Daniel Fast Cookbook, plus there are many recipes on this site that you can make ahead.

Second, you might want to get rid of or at least put away foods that are tempting. Kind of like the biblical accounts of Jewish women as they prepared for the Passover by cleaning their houses from top to bottom and removed all yeast from their homes. Many Jews engage in this same practice today when they prepare for the Passover.

Third, plan time to prepare meals as they will likely take a little longer than when you are not fasting. Most of the mels you prepare will be from scratch since there are so few prepared products that don’t have chemicals in them. So you will want to set aside enough time to prepare your meals, not only for those you will have at home, but also those you will have at work or when you are traveling.

Of course, you also want to prepare your heart for the 21-Day Fast. Seek the Lord’s guidance as you get ready to start the fast. Are there issues in your life that you need to address? Are their needs in your family or ministry that can use special attention? Are you seeking healing? Do you feel oppressed by financial bandages? These last few days of the year are an excellent time to search your heart, open yourself to the Lord, and allow Him to lead you into you personal 21-Day Fast. See The Daniel Fast for the Body, Soul and Spirit.

Continue to visit The Daniel Fast Blog as I add content every day. Also, if you have questions, please leave a comment and I try to respond within a couple hours — many times immediately.

God bless you and I hope the very best for you as you set aside this time to give the first of yourself to Almighty God. Remember, He rewards those who diligently seek Him. So keep your mind on Christ and your focus on righteousness.

554 Comments Post a comment
  1. Audrey #


    January 9, 2015
  2. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Audrey,
    Hummus is fine, but not the pita bread due to the leavening in it.

    January 15, 2015
  3. Mercy Reuben #

    Should we not have anything fermented?
    It would contain salt its an Indian breakfast dish made with Rica and lentilts called Rice cakes .

    March 23, 2015
  4. Fermentation isn’t an issue. Alcohol is not allowed, however.

    Be blessed.

    March 26, 2015
  5. Mercy Reuben #

    Thank you so much.

    March 26, 2015
  6. Mercy Reuben #

    Fish and Seafood is also a big no am I correct?

    April 9, 2015
  7. The Daniel Fast is totally plant based, so no fish or other seafood.

    April 22, 2015
  8. holly #

    Is lactose free yogurt permitted?

    May 23, 2015
  9. No, only plant-based foods are allowed on the Daniel Fast.

    June 1, 2015
  10. Antoinette #

    Can you drink coconut water and Cashew milk

    August 7, 2015
  11. No, the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. See Daniel 1. You can use unsweetened plant-based milks in recipes or on cereal.

    Be blessed.

    August 20, 2015
  12. Edward Damu #

    I’m in body, soul and spirit. I always take advantage of any campaign, activity that we do in the church because I know its my chance to grow

    December 30, 2015
  13. Praise God! Keep your eyes on the Lord and walk in the Spirit. Always the best way to live!

    December 31, 2015
  14. I need guidance on how to conduct the 21 day fast
    eg day 1 what can we pray for what scripture to focus on. Then day 2 up to 21. Thanks

    January 1, 2016
  15. Click on this link, Elizabeth:

    January 2, 2016
  16. Terri Davis #

    What time Sunday do I start my fast?

    January 2, 2016
  17. Kizzy Robinson #

    what are the food for danielfasf

    January 3, 2016
  18. Hi Kizzy,

    Look around this site or better yet, get a copy of The Daniel Fast book. It has all you need for a successful fasting experience.

    January 3, 2016
  19. Hi Terri,

    There is no specific time, but generally it would be a dawn.

    January 3, 2016
  20. Faith #

    Is there a type error ? January 6th is Wednesday ( today actually) will you please clarify what day the fast actually began?
    ” Faith”

    January 6, 2016
  21. Actually, it was written a couple years ago. I updated it.

    Most people and churches started the fast on the 4th. However, there is no official start date for the New Year Fast (whereas Lent has a specific start date). Whatever date you led to start is right for you!

    Be blessed!

    January 7, 2016
  22. S. Moses #

    I started the Daniel’s fast on Jan. 1, 2016 at 12:01 am and will end on the 21st of Jan. at midnight.

    January 9, 2016
  23. shontaneika #

    What if you sin a day before the fast?

    January 11, 2016
  24. No matter when you sin, you have an Advocate with the Father. Seek forgiveness. Repent (change). Do better!

    Be blessed

    January 11, 2016
  25. Fiskani #

    Hi please clarify how many meals can one have during the Daniel fast

    January 22, 2016
  26. There are not limits to the amount of food you can consume. However, you want to keep in mind that it’s a fast, so appropriate amounts are right.

    January 23, 2016
  27. gift mphahlele #

    Can I continue with the fast while I go to the gym? Is it not dangerous

    June 28, 2016
  28. Roshni Devi #

    can we start fasting in the middle of the month

    July 8, 2016
  29. Yes, follow the Lord’s leading. There is no right or wrong time to begin a fast.

    July 12, 2016
  30. You will be fine as long as you are eating enough protein. Be sure to use the Daniel Fast guidelines given on this site and eat balanced meals.

    July 12, 2016
  31. Nelly #

    Did Daniel ever drink water?

    December 9, 2016
  32. Read Daniel Chapter 1.

    December 29, 2016
  33. Louise Smith #

    Could I eat wheat bread and could I use vegetable broth to make soup.? I love and eat meat so what can i use for meat.Is fish limited to the 21days fast…

    January 22, 2017
  34. No bread on the Daniel Fast. Also, only plant-based foods. You can make vegetable soup and use vegetable broth for other recipes.

    I encourage you to learn about the fast. Use the resources here on this site or get a copy of the book I wrote about the Daniel Fast.

    February 5, 2017

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