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The Daniel fast is more than a diet

Earlier this year, Cricket posted a blog about fasting, which is something we encourage World Racers and other missionaries to do before going on a trip. It helps you focus and align with God’s agenda. This blog about the Daniel fast has brought in all kinds of visitors for various reasons (click…
By Seth Barnes

Earlier this year, Cricket posted a blog about fasting, which is something we encourage World Racers and other missionaries to do before going on a trip. It helps you focus and align with God’s agenda. This blog about the Daniel fast has brought in all kinds of visitors for various reasons (click here to read some of the comments), so I wanted to use it to encourage you to embrace the discipline of fasting and see what God would do through something like the following:

What is a fast?
A fast means to abstain from something such as a particular food, solid food, TV, music, etc.

Why
fast


The purpose of a fast is when you desire the food or area you are
not indulging in, to turn your focus to God by reading the Bible and
praying, providing strength not from yourself, but God. This echoes the
words of Job 23:12: “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than
my necessary food.” This strengthens your faith.

vegsWhat
kind of fast to do and for how long?


Our team has been on a 30 day
fast, which ends tomorrow. I have chosen the Daniel fast based on what
Daniel ate in the first chapter of Daniel in the Bible. Daniel challenged
King Nebuchadnezzar’s royal foods and ate vegetables and water for 10
days saying if in the 10 days he didn’t look better than the ones
eating the royal foods, then they could do with him as they saw fit.

Daniel stepped out in faith believing God had called him to eat such a
diet and would protect him. God did just that and Daniel’s skin looked
healthier than those eating the choice royal foods. Daniel 1:17 clearly
verifies that God rewards obedience by opening doors for young Daniel.
Daniel continued with his diet and worshiping God while growing in favor
with the Babylonians and God was glorified!

On the Daniel fast, I have been eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
only. Basically eliminating meats, dairy, sweets, fried foods, sugar,
soda, etc. Eliminating cheese has been the hardest as it is a staple of
my diet. I wanted to stretch myself by giving up something I truly
enjoy-trust me everyone who knows me knows what a challenge giving up
cheese is for me. This also caused me to fully rely on the Lord for
strength to be obedient to this time of fasting.

Actually,
the longer I go without foods I am used to, the less I want them.
At first I wanted them all the time and thought about how long 30 days
was. I decided to just focus on it one day at a time and not think
about how much was left. Really in the grand scheme of things, 30 days
isn’t that long at all. So how does that relate to everyday life and
God? What I experienced was the more I indulge in my selfish desires,
the more I want them.

But the
longer I go without them the more I can grasp at how much of a want
they are versus a need. Also, I find that the indulgences don’t always
fulfill me in the way I had hoped for in the first place. The only
thing that can truly fulfill me is an active relationship with God. I
say active because a lot of times I find myself in a passive
relationship caught up in the busy nature of my schedule.

It is not
God’s responsibility to speed up to our busy pace, but our
responsibility to be still, quiet, and listen to Him. When I am
actively seeking God I am actively hearing from Him. When I am passive
in my relationship I am either too busy or too loud to listen and
therefore miss a lot of what God has in store for me.

The last
thing God showed me was in being obedient and not giving in to the
delicious food available to me, I have been given many opportunities to
share with people why I am on the Daniel fast and about The World Race.
This confirms that when we are obedient God will open doors for us to
minister to those around us. We just have to see, be available, and
embrace each opportunity.

Read this article on the Daniel Fast and others on simple living here.

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