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The Daniel Fast – so much more than new recipes

I am concerned about a trend that seems to be happening in the Daniel Fast genre. And it has to do with so much attention being put on recipes and cookbooks and what we can eat and what we can’t! The Daniel Fast is so much more than food! And when we keep our focus on the food, it seems it’s just another way to feed the flesh rather than denying it!

Don’t get me wrong, I know we need to have good recipes for the Daniel Fast. After all, this is a partial fast where some foods are restricted and other foods are allowed. But the Daniel Fast is not a plan to merely replace all the foods we enjoy eating all the time with a vegan variety!

With that said, I do believe God is using the Daniel Fast to bring more of His people into a healthy way of feeding the Temple of the Holy Spirit – a temple He has entrusted to our care. And with the health crisis in the United States and other countries in the world, it’s critical that we start eating good foods designed by the Creator for the bodies He created!

But I encourage all those who use the Daniel Fast as their method of fasting to examine your heart as you try to figure out ways to satisfy the flesh by going to great lengths to serve up some alternative.

Again, please don’t misunderstand me. I know we need good recipes. I know it’s okay for us to enjoy the food the Lord created for us. But I also know that we need to keep things in balance and not get our eyes so much on the food that we miss the purpose of fasting. It’s a spiritual experience where we put our whole beings under the submission of the Lord. And I do believe there is a danger in going too far in satisfying the flesh by focusing too much on food and missing out on the vital element of submission that a period of prayer and fasting employs.

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  1. Tonetta Reed #

    Amen to that statement. Everyone needs to start somewhere. Have a bless day. I just finished my 21 day on Jan. 28, 2013. What a blessing it was to me.
    Tonetta Reed

    January 30, 2013
  2. Thank you! Yes, I praise God for them standing firm for 3-days and never wavering. Thank you again! my DF journey continues!

    January 29, 2013
  3. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Cousondra,
    Absolutely! The Daniel Fast, although is traditionally done for 21 days, (and the longer you go the greater the beneifits) some have gone for a longer length of time (up to 50 days), and some for shorter (7 days). Let’s keep in mind everyone needs to start somewhere, let’s rejoice and praise God that they started. Remember, everyone is in a different and personal journey with the Lord, and He is faithful to lead each one of us by His Holy Spirit! Be Blessed on your Journey!

    January 29, 2013
  4. My fiancées, my two sons and I started the Daniel Fast on January 21. They have never fasted before and are having a hard time staying focused, our main focus had been food. They are fasting for 3-days, I am praying about moving forward for the next 18-days. I know it will be hard to stand alone because the have been a source of encouragement. Just wondering if a 3-day fast sufficient?

    God bless you all!

    January 23, 2013
  5. I ALWAYS tell those how have medical issues to seek complete healing from Jesus, the Great Physician, while remaining in the care of your earthly physician.

    The very best thing you can do is take care of the Temple of God’s Holy Spirit (your body), which He has entrusted to you. Eat healthy foods, stay well hydrated, minimize sugary foods and get good sleep.

    Please do not stop taking medications unless you get the “green light” from your health provider. Meanwhile, pray that God will work through those called to help you with your medical issues.

    Be blessed.

    January 5, 2013
  6. Dee Hollenbeck #

    Lori Young, I’m not in the medical field, but I believe that during this fast while you are praying and asking God to guide you and help you with this medical situation and SPEAK out loud so you can hear that “By Jesus Stripes you ARE healed” your words are seeds that will fall to your body and be planted. Then Praise the Lord and our God that this will come to pass that you won’t need any medication from now on. I’m not saying to not take the meds, but asking you to pray about it as well.

    January 4, 2013
  7. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Lori,
    Our position is, Yes. When medication is necessary, by all means take it as needed during the fast. “If” and when you have the option of medication that is free of sweeteners or man-made chemicals all the better. I hope this helps, Be Blessed!

    January 3, 2013

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