The Daniel Fast is named after the prophet Daniel, and the idea behind the fast is first introduced to us in Daniel 10:2-3,” At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips.” What I love about Daniel is that fasting was a normal part of his lifestyle. All throughout the book of Daniel there are multiple instances where he is found fasting, praying, and petitioning to God on behalf of his people. Daniel was devoted to seeking the Lord for repentance, revelation, and understanding concerning visions that were given to him.
What is the Daniel Fast?
The Daniel Fast is a one-of-a-kind fast in that instead of food being cut completely out of the equation, which is how we usually understand fasting, we are able to eat food, but are restricted by the types of foods we eat. In the scripture, it says that Daniel didn’t eat any delicacies, meats, or wine and was in mourning for 21 days (Daniel 10:2-3).
Scripture tells us exactly how long the fast lasted and what types of foods Daniel did not eat. I believe these two things gives us valuable information so that we can incorporate this fast into our own lives strategically and confidently!
How Long is the Daniel Fast?
The Daniel Fast in the Bible lasted for 21 days long. For those who are biblical number buffs, 21 is the product of seven (7) and three (3). Both seven and three have biblical meanings for completion. I believe that this fast in particular helps us in seeking understanding concerning the end of a thing, the completion of a thing, or the fullness of a thing!
Perhaps you are in a place in your life where you need hope for something that seems to be dying, or you are looking for answers in a certain area. Because of the way the Daniel Fast is constructed, I believe that this is an awesome fast to go on to gain clarity and wisdom for those things. I believe that in the same way Daniel received understanding and a response from Heaven, so will we!
Food Restrictions on the Daniel Fast
In addition to how long the fast lasts, there is the dietary restrictions that Daniel implemented. He ate no delicacies, meat, or wine. Essentially, he only ate fruits, vegetables, and whole foods. The diet is reminiscent of the foods that God gave for man to eat when the world was created. Genesis 1:29 says, “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.’”
We know that there is no condemnation for those who decide to eat or exclude certain foods from their diet. Scripture doesn’t really go into detail about why Daniel only ate the foods he ate, so this is of course my speculation only. But I believe that Daniel wanted to make his body as pure as possible. Meat, delicacies, and wine are all foods that are manipulated by man for consumption. Everything that Daniel ate are things that can be eaten without being changed by humans!
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