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Is the Daniel Fast Being Hijacked?

I started teaching Christians about the Daniel Fast in 2007. If you’ve read my book, The Daniel Fast: feed your soul, strengthen your spirit and renew your body, then you know that this all came about when I received a word from the Lord to “write about the Daniel Fast.” And my greatest desire is to support and guide men, women and teens so they can have a successful fasting experience.

Since that time I have taught hundreds of thousands of people about the fast in one degree or another. And my team and I have responded to tens of thousands of men and women when they have questions about the Daniel Fast.

One thing I know for sure: the Daniel Fast is a powerful spiritual experience that truly can bring amazing revelations, blessings, intimacy with the Lord and much more to those who engage in the fast. Prayers are answered. Lives are touched. Addictions are broken. Bodies are healed. Relationships are strengthened. And God is glorified!

But lately, and this has all accelerated over the last six months are so, it seems like the true Daniel Fast is being hijacked and unknowing people suffer the consequences. Let me explain what I mean:

One of the most powerful lessons we can learn during the Daniel Fast is strengthening our faith muscles by putting our flesh in its proper place! What is that proper place? Submitted to the Spirit of God! The Bible teaches us this, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16. Also, we are called to this truth, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Romans 8:13.

During the Daniel Fast you will wrestle with the flesh. Your flesh will want certain foods that aren’t allowed on the fast. It will whine because it can’t have coffee, tea, soda or juice to drink. And every time you tell your flesh to “take the backseat, I am living according to the Spirit” we grow in our faith. Self-control is practiced. Walking according to the Spirit is experienced. Submission happens.

In our culture today almost everything around us encourages us to pander to the desires of the flesh. It’s an “if I want it, I buy it” mindset. Or an “if I want it, I eat it” way of living. Feed me. Make it delectable. Don’t make me wait. I want it now!

So what does this have to do with the Daniel Fast? And why do I wonder if it’s being hijacked?

In today’s Internet world and the easy and quick access to information, it only takes a computer and a few keystrokes to “publish information.” And with the introduction of self-published digital books including Kindle and Nook, it’s easy for anyone to present their offerings to the world for their consumption.

What am I seeing? A multitude of books and publications being presented about the Daniel Fast that overflow with errors, nurture the flesh, and guide people away from the amazing experiences they can have. It’s like thousands of men and women are walking on a path wanting a powerful spiritual experience using the Daniel Fast. They come to a table piled with books with enticing words and pictures of food! The covers and descriptions include messages like these:

  • Daniel Fast Smoothies: Scrumptious and Nutritious Blend of Flavors That Make Up a Mouth Watering Array of Smoothie Beverages
  • The Daniel Fast Made Delicious
  • Daniel Fast Desserts: a Tempting Assortment of Dessert Meals that Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
  • Daniel Fast Desserts: Over 20 Sweet Treat Recipes for Your Daniel Fast

And here’s one that lifted part of the title of my book to promote their offering: Daniel Fast Cookbook: Feed Your Soul and Strengthen Your Spirit with Over 30 Delicious Recipes.

The photo on this book includes eggs, cheese, ham, jam, raised breads, milk and other food not allowed on the Daniel Fast! Just one example!

The photo on this book cover includes eggs, cheese, ham, jam, raised breads, milk, juice, coffee and other foods not allowed on the Daniel Fast! Just one example of the Daniel Fast being hijacked!

So you choose one of the “Daniel Fast books” that feeds your flesh in a “tantalizing” and “scrumptious way” and you keep moving down the path. But here’s the problem, you unknowingly have taken a detour. This detour takes you on a path to satisfy your flesh. “Wow! I don’t have to give up sweet foods. I can make these yummy cookies.” “Oh, look here. I can have all these delectable dishes! I don’t have to deny myself at all. This is great!” And you keep moving along.

Meanwhile, you miss out on the treasure that you could have had if you would have had a true guidebook and entered this spiritual experience as it was originally intended: a powerful, consecrated time of extended prayer and fasting so you can draw closer to God, develop your faith, and learn how to walk according to the spirit rather than by the desires of the flesh.

I understand that the Daniel Fast, being a partial fast, presents some challenges about food. Is it okay to enjoy the foods you eat while on the fast? What about preparing meals for others?

And here is where you, as a follower of Jesus Christ and as a temple of the Holy Spirit, can exercise your discernment. Are you feeding your body? Or are you indulging your flesh? Are you staying within the boundaries of a spiritual experience? Or are you figuring out ways you can stay within the food guidelines but still meet the needs of the flesh by concocting “tantalizing” recipes?

There are times when there’s a fine line when it comes to eating some foods or making up some recipes while on the fast. But I also know that we have a Guide inside of us who will show us the direction that will best meet our desire for spiritual growth.

We have a choice when we enter into an extended period of prayer and fasting using the Daniel Fast. We can “seek first the kingdom of God” and consecrate ourselves for the time and gain in maturity and understanding. Or, we can continue to pander to the flesh and have a mediocre experience with some benefits . . . but still missing out on the supernatural blessings the Lord wants to deliver.

Paul says this, “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal.” 1 Corinthians 3:1-3

And here is even a stronger message from Paul: “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.” Romans 8:5-7

Like I mentioned, I have been teaching about the Daniel Fast for many years. The Lord has blessed me with the assignment. And I am humbled when I hear from men, women and teens that have been powerfully touched by the experiences they’ve had while in the Daniel Fast. I know the potential of this fast! I have heard and read the testimonies of thousands! And that’s why I am saddened to see what is happening.

My hope is that people on the path toward their fasting experience will allow the Lord, and not their flesh, to direct their steps. And that they will indeed be able to receive the amazing and powerful gifts, blessings, revelations, and answers to prayer that are available to them.

Okay . . . end of rant! But I do ask you that, as someone who has taken the time read this article, help me and others keep the Daniel Fast the powerful spiritual experience it can be. Let’s work together to keep the main thing the main thing . . . and that is submitting ourselves to God as we enter into a time of extended prayer and fasting and open our hearts to Him so we can be transformed into the people He calls us to be! The Daniel Fast is not about the food! It’s about entering into a spiritual experience that brings us closer to God and allows Him to shower us with the blessings and gifts He so wants us to have.  Please, help me to preserve the true purpose of this method of fasting!

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12 Comments Post a comment
  1. TD #

    When people are charging a fee for spitural enlightment, encouragement, deliverance, acceptance, etc = That where HIJACKED BEGINS!!!! The word is free all day, everyday!!!

    GOD has no fee!!!

    Share the truth, and nothing but the truth, that’s where the beginning of your blessings come from…

    January 11, 2016
  2. Ah, you got it, Sandra! That’s part of the maturing that can happen during the fast when you examine your heart and keep your ears open to God’s Holy Spirit!

    Simple meals are really the best and can still be satisfying.

    Be blessed!

    January 7, 2016
  3. Hi Susan,

    The Holy Spirit led this to me right on time! I was beginning to spend to much time figuring out how to bend the rules of food to make this as palatable as possible. It was becoming a major distraction and getting in the way of dealing with the real things I need to mature in with Christ. Thanks for this!


    January 5, 2016
  4. Thank you, Tammy.

    My heart goes out to people who end up following erroneous information about the fast because they don’t know better. I’m glad you’ve discovered the truth. God is good and rewards those who diligently seek Him!

    Be blessed!

    January 4, 2016
  5. Tammy #

    This perfectly answers what has weighed on my heart. I came to the Daniel Fast through a circuitous route, first supporting my teenage daughter as she gave up sugar 2 years ago, then joining her last year as we gave up sweeteners, most dairy, and processed foods, and now as my whole family accepts the fast in varying degrees. The part that always bothers me as I look for food ideas and recipes, and what I felt last year, was that by trying to “enjoy” the foods we’re eating, we are in effect, minimizing the real intent. But I didn’t have your book, and I didn’t understand where the Daniel Fast really originated, so I fell victim to the hijackers. I have spent many hours reading labels and searching for ways to make the food more enjoyable and palatable, yet feeling like, in the end, this is not the true spirit. Thank you for writing this and answering what I didn’t know to ask, but felt.

    January 4, 2016
  6. Stephanie #

    You are very welcome Susan! I’m reading it now and my spirit is being fed tremendously. My walk with the Lord is about to go to another level. Praise God!!!

    January 4, 2016
  7. Dearest Stephanie,

    Your message is a lovely blessing to me today. My heart is singing as I hear how God has used the books and the call He put on my life to help you in your fast. He is so good and I give Him every praise!

    So much is available to us and for us and from us when we partner with God and give Him all of who we are! You are so right . . . time is precious. All the stuff in the world are shiny distractions. When we purpose to be close to God and give Him our best, He promises to meet our every need. Ask. Seek. Knock. Praise God for His faithfulness and goodness.

    Be blessed on your fast, and thank you again for your message. It came at a very important time and serves as food for my soul. ❤

    January 4, 2016
  8. Stephanie R Howard #

    I’ve seen many of the highjackers while searching for your books Susan. Even before reading this I’d decided not to buy or even read anything that doesn’t have your name on it. My spirit desires truth and authenticity. And after reading how your ministry came about and has helped millions of people, I know that it’s of God.

    I would also like to thank you for following the Holy Spirit. This has already been a tremendous blessing to me and it’s only day one. I have done this fast before but without doing what it takes to get the full benefits. I am at a point in my life where my relationship with God is first and foremost. So I no longer want to just walk the golf course and enjoy the grounds. I want to actually “play golf.” I LOL because this is the only way that I would “play golf” because I don’t know how. I think it’s the most boring game in the world.

    I’m reading the first book as well as the weight loss book simultaneously. Answering the questions, asking in the Holy Spirit about my true purpose, and identifying the three or four issues in my life that are causing me the most stress right now. Then I’m going to present these to God. Believing that He will intervene and give me directions during this fast.

    The older I get, the more I realize how precious time is and that I don’t want to keep wasting it starting over and making the same mistakes. Especially when help, His help, is readily available. I’m grateful for people like you Susan, who follow His voice to help us all get closer to Him.

    I’m excited and looking forward to great things happening at the end of these 21 days and beyond.

    Thanks again for all your help.
    God bless

    January 3, 2016
  9. Hi Mathew,

    please see the last question on this FAQ on our other site:

    Be blessed!

    January 2, 2016
  10. Mathew Mativenga #

    Is sexual intercourse permitted during fasting for arried couples?

    January 1, 2016
  11. Thanks for your message, Barbara. So much error out there . . . and so often people go for cheap books that are full of mistakes.

    Funny, folks want a miracle from God, yet won’t invest their time or money to learn about and engage in the amazingly powerful spiritual discipline of fasting! We are short-sighted sometimes!

    December 31, 2015
  12. barbara #

    I agree with you whole heartedly. I too have questioned some of these ideas. I have three books on the Daniel Fast, yours and two others. I must say one of them is totally off. But as you rightly said, the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. So I read my bible, pray and fast. Thanks

    December 30, 2015

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