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Fasting with a Purpose – The Daniel Fast

When you study the Scriptures, you’ll find that when people fasted it was for a purpose — not just a religious exercise. Daniel fasted from the king’s foods and wine because they had been offered to the Babylonian gods and he didn’t want to defile his body. He later prayed and fasted to “encourage” the prophesied release from captivity for the Israelites from Babylon. And in his third recorded fast, Daniel was seeking solace for the great pressure he felt because of a dream he had experienced.

 In the New Testament, people would fast when they needed guidance or answers to prayers. Many times, when the Scripture used the words “by prayer and supplication” it likely referred to fasting.

As you prepare for your Daniel Fast, what will be your purpose? Are their special needs in your family? Is there a loved one who has not accepted Christ? Do you have financial pressures? Is there illness that needs healing? Do you need a new job or help with your business?

Take some time and write down your needs and your purpose for fasting. These will be your subjects of prayer and Bible study. Amazing things happen during times of prayer and fasting! Seek the Lord. He is our Holy God! The Almighty. And nothing is impossible for Him. Call on the Name of the Lord! Prayer opens the doors of our lives so the Lord can perform His works! Ask. Seek. Knock.

Fast with a purpose! And see what the Lord will do!

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  1. peaches #

    Hello my name is peaches I’ve decided to do the Daniel fast for the first time ever in my life . I’ve been hurt by a man whom I truly love and despite my prayers I’ve been praying and the signs I do get I find it very strange and hard to just let go and I’m in desperate need of God’s healing. I’ve never felt like this for no man before and i pray either for gods healing are for this man and i love to not be denied and I do I pray that this man and I to become equally yoked if only it’s ment to be.. I pray for the broken heart spirit and soul that I have… I pray for mind cleansing. I pray for peace, knowledge, wisdom, understanding.. I pray that I be bless in every area of my life .. I pray for a financial blessing.. I pray for my children and that they be bless in every area of there life.. I pray for strength and patience when dealing with my children as I do take on the responsibility of being a single mother of 4.. I pray for my self to be successful when reaching for short and long term goals..I pray for a bigger vehicle .. and most importantly I pray for a closer relationship with god..

    January 11, 2016
  2. This is something he is choosing to do as part of his fasting experience, but it’s not typical. Not wrong. Just not typical.

    The Bible teaches about married couples abstaining from sexual relations during fasts, but only if it’s agreed by both parties.

    Here is my advice about this matter: don’t get offended by it. If he is choosing to abstain from the romance in your relationship for his fast, then honor his choice. It’s very likely that it will deepen his appreciation for your connection. Continue to pray for him and thank God for the work He is doing in this man’s heart.

    I hope this helps.

    January 9, 2016
  3. Bernadine #

    I am in a corporate fast along with my church family.
    I am in a relationship with a man of my church. My male friend who proclaims to love me has stopped calling and basically stopped talking to me. We use to greet each other every morning with a Good Morning Love statement. The 2nd day into the fast my mate
    told me he has to deny himself and now if I don’t text him Good Morning My love or something along this line, I hear nothing in response or a biblical saying.We have pet names for each other, now my name is sister or miss. My concern is, should we have discussed this manner beforehand or is this proper when fasting?

    January 8, 2016
  4. valary #

    thank you may God bless you all I have been seeing weard things in my dteams am fasting for revelation I need to know what is happening in my life.

    April 20, 2015
  5. Be blessed on your fast. God promises to draw near to you when you draw near to Him.

    Seek Him. He’s there.

    January 3, 2015
  6. Hi I want tell u keep seeking God and he will let u know what your calling is and living the life in from of your sister and she will come to Christ.Be Bless!

    January 2, 2015
  7. What is my purpose of fasting?our church is on a 12 day fast .what I need God to do for me is I want more of him I want to see his glory in my life.I want to come together and be as one love one another as Christ love us.put the devil under our feet where he belong.wining souls to Christ we must think like GoD and not be so selfish I want !I want! that’s like spoil children . we must rember its not about us but all about God.This is a New Year and God going to bring things er have been praying for to pass we must BELIEVE!!

    January 2, 2015
  8. Sheria #

    I started my first fast on tuesaday 2/18. God showed me somethings that i have been praying about. There was temptation when i saw food but i prayed and the Lord steered me away from it. I just want to thank God for allowing me the chance to fast. I pray that each of you get the answers to whatever it is that you’re seeking in Jesus name!

    February 20, 2014
  9. Faith #

    Hi Sarah. I understand how you feel, but I want to encourage you that fasting is what we are required to do in order to experience breakthroughs. There are things in the spiritual realm (such as strongholds of evil) that requires more than just praying in order to tap into God’s amazing power. Read the first few verses of Matthew 6 (when we give, when we pray, and when we fast). I really pray that you will start this fast, but the more important thing is that you mentally prepare before you start so that you are faithful each day of the fast until its completion. I believe you can do this!!! I believe you will do this and I pray that your breakthrough will come!

    January 14, 2014
  10. Sarah #

    My main purpose for the fast will be to get guidance and clear direction for God’s call on my life, and also for my sister to be brought to Christ. I bought the book. I bought some food. The more I desire to start it, the more resistance I feel. I need prayers to start and to stay on it as long as I feel the Holy Spirit lead. I want to allow God to do supernatural things that only He can do in my life and in other’s lives that I am connected to. Thank you for praying if you see this. God bless.

    January 4, 2014
  11. Sarah #

    I want to start the fast, but the more I desire it, I also have trouble starting. I am so frustrated. My main purpose for the fast will be to seek guidance

    January 4, 2014
  12. Daniel Fast Team #

    Stefan, we are standing firm in agreement with you for God’s very best to be completed in you… and through you, in Jesus Strong Name! Deut. 28:1-14

    September 26, 2013
  13. Daniel Fast Team #

    Praise God!

    September 26, 2013
  14. Stefan #

    As from Monday, 30 Sep 2013, I will start the fasting. The one reason being to get God’s blessing on a special career venture (to be accepted into pupillage), with the main reason to just get my focus back on God and his way.

    I have a blessing, my sister, who will join me in this fasting and prayer.

    God bless.

    September 26, 2013
  15. Christabell Atieno Opudo #

    I thank God for your guidance when i started i had only some of the ingredients looking at it in that way and bought the book in day one only to realise thatvi was not fully prepared i had to break my fast n prepare myself. Now am back on it again fully prepared and the results my spirit and body is getting only with 4 days in it is awesome.

    By the time am done i will be a great woman of zion that the devil schemes will not even attempt to think of me.

    God bless

    September 25, 2013
  16. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Christabell,
    We are standing in firm agreement with you for God’s very best in All you put your hand to do! Deut. 28:1-14 Be Blessed on your Journey!

    September 25, 2013
  17. Christabell Atieno Opudo #

    Tommorow am opening my doors for the first time on two business venture and would like to go on a fast believing God for breakthrough, growth n success that is evident. I have made my covenants with God and will also ask God to be with me as i fullfill them as he walks and works with me.

    I ask for divine guidance,protection,ideas, wellness and growth in my business and also my agricultural land as i start off tommorow 18th Sept 2013.

    Kindly intercede and remember me in your prayers.

    September 17, 2013
  18. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Jane,
    We are standing in firm agreement with you for God’s very best! Deut. 28:1-14, Ephesians 1:17-24, Rev. 12:11, Jer. 29:11 Be Blessed on your Journey!

    September 16, 2013
  19. Jane #

    I have been looking for a job for 4 years now,I need a breakthrough,I need to fast and pray for a better job

    September 12, 2013

    September 4, 2013
  21. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Marcel,
    You are at the right place to learn about the Daniel Fast…..Everything you need to complete a successful Daniel Fast is available to you on this site and I encourage you to go through all the tabs and read all the information from ‘About the Fast’ to ‘Spiritual Life’ and so much more. Also, you can receive a free copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines, and a Meal Planning Guide by going to and enter your email address, they will be emailed back to you. Be Blessed in your Journey!

    February 15, 2013
  22. Daniel Fast Team #

    Menita, you didn’t let God down . . .He loves you, but you did let yourself down. However, you now know you made a mistake, you can learn from the experience, and now you can change. That’s what repentance is all about. Learn. Change. Move on. Be blessed as you continue on your fast!

    February 14, 2013
  23. Marcel guimgo #

    Please help me on how to fast .i am about to travel for the second time for business ,the first one was a catastrophe I lose all my funds .i need help on how pray and fast for the fulfillment of this second business trip thank you for helping me

    February 12, 2013
  24. Menita #

    😦 OMG I feel so bad to didn’t my fast. Temptation got the best of me. Idk what to do. I feel like I let God down. what can I do to make this right

    February 11, 2013
  25. Be blessed on your fast. It’s an amazing experience as you consecrate yourself and focus more on God.

    Hoping the best for you!

    February 7, 2013
  26. Menita #

    Thanks you so much for this information. I officially started my fast today at 12:00am. I know I have a long journey ahead of me but I know with the help of god I can & I am going to do this

    February 7, 2013
  27. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Menita,
    First and foremost, do not delay one more day calling out to Jesus as Lord of your life. He already loves you just the way you are. Nothing you have ever done can make Him love you less. There is nothing you can do to make Him love you anymore. He loves you…… because He loves you. because He loves you. Nothing can change that. His love casts out all fear. Rest in His love and through the eyes of love, see yourself as He sees you. You are His beloved. Please watch this clip and then check your email for a follow up message of a more personal note:

    Now, You are at the right place to learn about the Daniel Fast… for free. All nuts are allowed, whole grain cereals that are free of sweeteners and additives (such as: some brands of shredded wheat) oatmeal etc. Everything you need to complete a successful Daniel Fast is available to you on this site and I encourage you to go through all the tabs and read all the information from ‘About the Fast’ to ‘Spiritual Life’ and so much more.
    Here is a general list of the Daniel Fast allowed foods: All fruits, All vegetables, All whole grains, All whole grain flours (and pastas), All Nuts and seeds, All legumes (beans), All quality oils. Beverages: Water only – spring water, distilled water or other pure waters, and yes, tap water is good, if that is all you have available. MISC Items: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices (remember, All foods must be free of Chemical additives and sweeteners). For a complete list you can order a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines by going to and enter your email address, they will be emailed back to you. I hope this helps. Be Blessed dear one, as you come into the family of God and enjoy the Journey He has for you!

    February 1, 2013
  28. Menita #

    Hey my name is menita,I’m 21 years & I thinking about giving the Daniels fast a try. my MAIN purpose for doing this is to have gods help as accepting him as my lord & savor. I haven’t done it yet. I want to him in my life more then words can explain. because I know without him I want make into heaven. some of my other reasons are for financial guidance, help for my father with his cancer & for me to become at with my past. which huants me all the time. if you could please give me insight on how to make this work for me.

    January 27, 2013
  29. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Karlina,
    There is no specific time of day to eat or not eat for the Daniel Fast. Some people add this element to their fast, eating only after sunset and before dawn but is is not a requirement for the Daniel Fast. The Daniel Fast is 24/7 for 21 days, unless modified. I hope this helps!

    January 18, 2013
  30. Karlina #


    I wants to know if I do the Daniel fast can I eat fruit and veggies also during the day,or just after the time period,for example 6pm-6am?

    January 17, 2013
  31. Nikholai Machaka #

    It is very awesome

    January 10, 2013
  32. Dear Barshay,

    No, you are not being selfish. You are seeking God, and that is the best place you can be.

    It seems you are seeking forgiveness for yourself, plus seeking God’s direction for this broken relationship. God is the Redeemer and the One who heals the brokenhearted.

    Your fast isn’t to prove that you are good . . . Jesus is the One who makes us righteous in the sight of God. Your fast is so you can focus all of who you are God and His ways. Learn from this situation and examine yourself as you try to understand why you made the choices you did.

    Be blessed on your fast and my prayer is that you will receive all the Lord has for you.

    January 3, 2013
  33. barshay #

    I have started the new year off not happy….I’ve hurt someone really bad when in fact they never did anything but love me and my children and accepted them as their own…I found myself praying more now than I ever prayed…my youngest child calls him daddy..and it hurts me dearly when they ask about him because not only have I hurt him I hurt ny children….I take full responsibility of my actions…I have been praying for strength n forgivenes..I’ve started a fast with jus drinking water when I’m weak Iturn to my bible for guidance…I’m trying to keep faith n give god my problem n believing he knows whats best for me n that he is god and can fix anything if its in his will… So I’m asking if I should fast for answers to these problems that I am goin through or is it selfish

    January 3, 2013
  34. regai #

    wat an uplifting message…help me pray that God strengthens me during my 21day daniel fast which i have jus begun today…i desperatley pray for a financial breakthrough, to be freed from debts that seem to haunt me day in day out..revelation about my destiny…what God wants me to do…to be connected to those people who share the same vision with me and can bring meaning and fulfilment to my life…i also pray for health and love in th family and breaking of any generational curse of bondage…God bless

    January 1, 2013

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