By: Steve M. Woods
“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting.”
Read Isaiah 58
Many will gather at homes, nightclubs, city streets, and churches to bring in the New Year. Each in their own way. But one motivation most people have in common with a New Year celebration is that this is a time of reflection, commitment and renewal. This year we plan on bringing in the New Year with a small gathering of friends at my home for a time of worship, prayer and fellowship. During a time of prayer I was led by the Lord to participate in a “Daniel Fast” as a way to usher in the New Year. My challenge to my friends and family for this evening of worship is to see who will join me in the Daniel Fast.
The Daniel Fast is a 21 day fast where you eliminate certain foods and drinks for the purpose of drawing closer to God and seeking his will. Fasting is spiritual warfare for breakthrough in prayer, guidance and direction, healing, and spiritual renewal. The Daniel Fast is a time of personal consecration as we seek God while expecting in anticipation for his best in our lives. Fasting demands sacrifice, repentance, commitment, intercession for yourself and others, and it will require an adjustment to your typical diet. Remember, fasting is not about food but about faith in God. Our faith is believing in God’s promises to answer your prayer according to his will. But before you participant in any kind of fast it is recommended that you get the advice of your Physician. Are you are ready to experience God’s best for youself, and your family and friends for 2014?
If you would like to participate in the Daniel Fast there are plenty of books and websites to help you get started. The Daniel Fast limits food options to only fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, quality oils, and water. There are amply of recipes for delicious foods to eat for the Daniel Fast. The following chart below provides categories of food included on the Daniel Fast, as well as foods that are restricted. Enjoy!
Foods to Eat on Daniel Fast
Fruits This category can include fresh, frozen, juiced, dried, or canned fruits. Fruits include but are not limited to bananas, blackberries, apples, apricots, cantaloupe, boysenberries, blueberries, figs, cherries, honeydew melon, raspberries, cranberries, grapefruit, grapes, guava, kiwi, lemons, limes, pears, mangoes, oranges, papayas, peaches, nectarines, pineapples, raisins, plums, prunes, watermelon, strawberries, tangelos, and tangerines.
Vegetables This category can include fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned vegetables. Vegetables include but are not limited to broccoli, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, beets, asparagus, sweet potatoes, collard greens, cabbage, carrots, parsley, cucumbers, cauliflower, celery, mustard greens, chili peppers, ginger root, rutabagas, corn, potatoes, eggplant, garlic, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, radishes, sprouts, scallions, spinach, squashes, tomatoes, watercress, turnips, yams, and zucchini. If you are not allergic to soy, veggie burgers are also an option.
Whole Grains This can include millet, whole wheat, brown rice, quinoa, oats, whole wheat pasta, barley, rice cakes, grits, whole wheat tortillas, and popcorn.
Legumes This category can include canned or dried legumes. Legumes include but are not limited to split peas, dried beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, lentils, cannellini beans, black eyed peas, black beans, white beans.
Nuts and Seeds This list includes cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame, and peanuts. You can also enjoy nut butters, such as peanut or almond butter.
Quality oils This includes olive, peanut, canola, grape seed, and sesame.
Beverages Limited to only water, including spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.
Other foods Vinegar, tofu, seasonings, soy products, salt, herbs and spices.
Foods to Avoid on Daniel Fast
Meat and animal products All meant and animal products including beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and fish, as well as others.
Dairy Products All milk, butter, cheese, cream, and eggs.
Sweeteners All sugar, honey, raw sugar, molasses, syrups, and cane juice.
Leavened bread Including Ezekiel Bread because it contains yeast and honey, and baked goods.
Refined and processed food Including artificial flavorings, white flour, white rice, food additives, chemicals, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
Deep fried foods Including but not limited to French fries, potato chips, and corn chips.
Solid fats All shortening, lard, margarine, and foods high in fat.
Beverages Including but not limited to tea, coffee, herbal teas, energy drinks, carbonated beverages, and alcohol.