21 Days of Fasting Resource

Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. 13 “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” 14 The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days.  Daniel 1:12–14 (NLT)

As we enter into this season of prayer and fasting, it is all about giving God more of your heart. We fast to focus our hearts on God. We don’t fast to earn God’s love, but to remove all obstacles for a short season in order to experience more of Him. Today you can begin your fast by praying that God would help you to remove all obstacles so that you can focus solely on Him.

 

Important Note: Fasting requires reasonable precautions. If you have any health concerns, please consult your physician prior to beginning your fast, especially if you are taking medications, have a chronic condition or are pregnant or nursing a baby.

Having a successful fast starts with the right preparation.

 

It is important to choose ahead of time what type of fast, or what combination you will pursue. Not only will this help with making the necessary preparations to implement your plan, but as you commit to a specific fast ahead of time and know how you’re going to do it, you will position yourself to finish strong.

Here are a few Easy Steps to Get Started:

 

1) Set Your Objective

 

Begin by deciding why you are fasting. Is it for spiritual renewal, for healing, for wisdom in a particular area, or the resolution of a specific issue? Pick the top 1-3 prayer requests or things you would like to seek God on. Don’t overwhelm yourself and make a laundry list of items. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead in deciding and clarifying your goals for fasting.

 

2) Choose Your Plan

 

We are all at different places in our walk with God. Likewise our jobs, daily schedules, and health conditions are all different and place various levels of demand on our energy. So most importantly, whether you’ve fasted before, or this will be your first time, prayerfully consider what your fast will look like. Your personal fast should have a high level of challenge to it, but it’s very important to know your own body, know your options, and most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. Remember, the goal of fasting is not just to do without food. The goal is draw nearer to God.

3) Choose Your Fasting Schedule

 

You may choose to fast all or several days of the 21 days, such as, 3 or 4 days a week or specifically on Sundays and Wednesdays. Maybe you will do that, and end with 3 to 7 consecutive days at the end. This is your personal decision, and again should be prayerfully considered as it applies to your circumstances. Just plan ahead.

 

4) Begin and Break the Fast Well

 

Depending on the type of fast you choose, it is very important to prepare your body ahead of time before beginning the fast. Take a week or so to transition into your fast; otherwise, you could get sick. For example, if you would like to go on fruits and vegetables or juice fast, start eliminating meat, white grains, and refined sugars from your diet the week before. Also start to cut back quite a bit on dairy products and some of your caffeine intake.

 

This same principle applies to breaking your fast. When your fast is over, add foods back very gradually. Your body will be so cleansed and detoxified. You will most likely get sick if you add too much rich foods, etc. all at once.

Daniel Fast Sample Menu:

Breakfast


Fruits, Vegetables, Juices and Water Fruit smoothie with whey protein

 

Mid-morning Snack
 

Fresh fruit or fresh vegetables

 

Lunch
Raw vegetable salad with light, organic dressing and vegetable broth soup

Mid-afternoon Snack
Fresh fruit or fresh vegetables

 

Dinner
Fresh salad with light, organic dressing and steamed or grilled vegetables

 

Water
 

Drink plenty of water – at least 100 ounces

Modified Daniel Fast:

Breakfast
1-2 servings of whole grains with fresh fruit juice

 

Mid-morning Snack


Fresh fruit or fresh chopped vegetables

 

Lunch
1-2 servings of whole grains: fresh salad with legumes and light organic dressing

Mid-afternoon Snack
Fresh fruit juice or fruit smoothie with whey protein

 

Dinner
1-2 whole grains: fresh salad with legumes & light, organic dressing

Water
Drink plenty of water – at least 100 ounces

Website Resources:
personal guide to fasting
fasting q&a
 
the daniel plan

fasting 101

the awakening

reboot with joe

juice recipes

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