Why do we fast?
The reason we fast is simply this: we need to grow closer to God. We need to gain the wisdom and authority that comes from drawing near to Him. In Mark 9, Jesus cast a demon out of a possessed boy that the disciples had been unable to cast out; when they asked why they were unable, Jesus replied, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29 (NKJV))
We know that there are situations that require fasting in order to reach a breakthrough, but fasting is much more important to our walk with God than simply to get answers to prayers–it “crucifies” the flesh, emptying us of ourselves so that the Holy Spirit can pour Himself in and fill us. Through this time, we dedicate our entire year to God and grow closer to Him. As we draw closer, we can hear Him clearer and obey Him more faithfully.
What is the Daniel Fast?
Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.Daniel 1:12 (NIV)
2 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks.
3 I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.Daniel 10:2-3 (NIV)
The Daniel Fast is a 21-day fast consisting of giving up (fasting) meat, bread, sugar, and wine–food that isn’t plant-based or has leaven (yeast) and/or sugar.
Why the Daniel Fast?
We choose to do this corporately as a sacrifice to God. For many and often, it is a great sacrifice to give up foods that we like. In this way, our flesh will cry out and lose strength, but in our weakness, God shines through stronger.
God may be leading you to fast in a different manner–social media, television, sun-up/sundown fast–but ultimately you must use wisdom and seek God when decided what and how to fast. If you have a medical condition, seek the advice of your doctor as well so that you can better apply wisdom to your situation.
Whatever fast God has for you; whatever situation you bring before Him during this fast, know that God does not slack off when it comes to His promises. When we dedicate our year to Him and put Him first in something as simple as our eating habits, He will reward that sacrifice with a closer relationship and blessing (even if it might come in disguise). We invite you to come along this fast journey with us from January 8th – 29th (or 9th – 30th if you’re getting a late start), and we look forward to seeing how God blesses you throughout this fast, this month, and this entire year! Make sure you bookmark the Fast blog so you can follow along!