Fasting is never something most people that do it look forward to. Even if the outcome of the fasting is worth it. Whether it is going without some foods or social media, fasting is meant to be life altering for the glory of the Lord.
The idea of fasting is that in lieu of what we have given up, every time we crave it, we will commune with the Lord instead. So, when you are craving soda or twitter, you stop and remember why you have given those things up. You begin to praise the Lord, focus on him, and draw your needs from him instead. Through this process your realize that He is your sustainer. Prayer. Prayer being declared over cravings. Prayer. Communion with the Lord.
My husband and I are new to Daniel Fasting. Here is the scripture it is taken from:
Daniel in Nebuchadnezzar’s Court
1 “During the third year of King Jehoiakim’s reign in Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 The Lord gave him victory over King Jehoiakim of Judah and permitted him to take some of the sacred objects from the Temple of God. So Nebuchadnezzar took them back to the land of Babylonia and placed them in the treasure-house of his god.
3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, his chief of staff, to bring to the palace some of the young men of Judah’s royal family and other noble families, who had been brought to Babylon as captives. 4 “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.” 5 The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service.
6 Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah. 7 The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names:
Daniel was called Belteshazzar.
Hananiah was called Shadrach.
Mishael was called Meshach.
Azariah was called Abednego.
8 But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. 9 Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel. 10 But he responded, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has ordered that you eat this food and wine. If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded.”
11 Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 12 “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.
15 At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. 16 So after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the food and wine provided for the others.
17 God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams.”
Pretty great stuff right??? The idea that it is not the food we are putting in our bodies that makes us strong, but that the Lord makes us strong.
On the Daniel Fast, you are not allowed to eat dairy, meat, sugars, coffee/tea, anything with yeast (including bread) and anything artifically processed. This fast is very similar to vegan. Here are some examples of what I made our first week of the fast.
This is a black-eyed pea salsa that I made for new year’s day. Here is the recipe:
Here is a Quick Cashew Stir fry I made. this is my own recipe and super simple.
Quick Cashew Stir Fry
-1 C Raw Cashews
-2 TBSP EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
-3 bags frozen stir fry mixed veggies
-Juice of 2 limes
-place oil, then veggies, then juice, then cashews in a Wok pan
-Saute’ until veggies are hot and tender. Serve with brown rice.
This meal was simply sauteed bell pepper and onion in 2 TBSP of EVOO and served over brown rice. You can squeeze some lime wedges over the dish if you need more taste.
This is a black bean salsa that my husband made and I placed in iceberg lettuce for lettuce wraps one day. Here is the recipe for the black bean salsa.
My husband lasted all 21 days on the Daniel Fast. He ended his fast last night. I did a week on the fast but needed to add meat and some dairy back in for health reasons.
All in all, we are excited to see what 2016 will bring. The Lord abundantly blessed our 2015 with so many new adventures and friends to adventure with!!! One thing I know for sure about all life adventures is that there is promised blessing in obedience to the Lord. If you are following and seeking Him, He will lead you to a fulfilling life and life ever-lasting.