A GUIDE TO FASTING
21 Days of Fasting and Prayer challenges us to deny the flesh in order to seek the Lord in prayer and focus on our union with Him during this season. It is a way of making space and turning down the volume of our lives to hear from God and cultivate a greater awareness of his presence. The pattern we are recommending is a total fast (water and/or juice only) for the first 3 days: Monday, January 10 - Wednesday, January 12. Beginning Thursday, January 13, and going through Sunday, January 30, we will be participating in what has become known as the Daniel Fast. The fast is modeled on the Old Testament account of dietary practices in Daniel 1:11-17. This practice recommends the intake of certain foods and the elimination of others from one’s diet.
We realize that some people cannot participate in the fast to the same extent as others due to health concerns or other legitimate reasons. For those with health or other concerns, we encourage you to participate to the extent you are able. The intention of the Daniel Fast is not to duplicate exactly what Daniel ate, but to replicate the spirit in which he did it.
If the focus of the fast is solely on food, we will miss the blessing of the experience.
The guide that follows presents a quick reference of Daniel Fast approved foods and
area restaurants that have appropriate meal options.
At the bottom of this page there are downloadable files for this guide, our Prayer Guide & a Guide to Fasting for Kids.
FOODS TO ENJOY
All vegetables (including potatoes) – fresh, frozen, dried or juiced. • all fruits – fresh, frozen, dried, or juiced. • all whole grains – amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn. • all nuts and seeds – almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and unsweetened nut butters. • all legumes – dried or canned; black beans, black eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and split peas. • all quality oils – avocado, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame, and walnut. • Beverages – water only: distilled, filtered and spring water without added flavoring. • other – unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or soy milk; herbs, spices, salt, pepper, vinegar, seasonings, unsweetened coconut flakes, soy products, and tofu. *For packaged and canned food check the ingredients list to ensure there are no added sugars, chemicals or preservatives.
FOODS TO AVOID
All meat and animal products – bacon, beef, buffalo, eggs, fish, lamb, poultry, pork and animal sausage casing. • all dairy products – butter, cheese, cream, milk, and yogurt. • all sweeteners – agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, brown rice syrup, cane juice, honey, molasses, raw sugar, syrups, stevia, and sugar. • all leavened bread & yeast – baked goods and Ezekiel bread (if it contains yeast and honey. • all refined and processed food products – artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, and white rice. • all deep fried foods – tortilla chips, French fries and potato chips. • all solid fats – lard, margarine, and shortening. • Beverages – alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, energy drinks, herbal tea.
DAILY PRAYER FOCUS
Sunday, January 8 - Matthew 6:16-18
Pray for a biblical mindset concerning fasting and prayer.
Monday, January 9 - Daniel 1:11-17
Ask God for the strength and discipline to complete the fast and grace to receive all God has for you through these 21 days.
Tuesday, January 10 - Psalm 51, Ezekiel 36:24-27
Ask the Lord to fulfill his promise of a renewed heart and spirit in you.
Wednesday, January 11 - Isaiah 43:18-19
Pray for spiritual vision and a posture of openness to the new thing God wants to do in this season of your life.
Thursday, January 12 - Ephesians 1:17-18
Ask God for wisdom and revelation to know him and his power that he makes available to all believers.
Friday, January 13 - Philippians 2:3-11
Thank God for making the mind of Christ available to you and seek to live into his humility and gentleness.
Saturday, January 14 - Romans 15:13
Ask God to fill you with joy and peace and receive the over ow of hope.
Sunday, January 15 - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Pray that ungodly emotional and mental strongholds would be broken in the Name of Jesus.
Monday, January 16 - Colossians 3:13
Ask God to help you to forgive others and yourself.
Tuesday, January 17 - 1 Corinthians 13
Ask God to teach us his more excellent way of living in love toward
Wednesday, January 18 - Ephesians 4:25-32
Talk to God about how you can change unhealthy relational dynamics in your life and how you can use your words and actions to bring hope
Thursday, January 19 - Romans 12:9-21
Ask God to show you practical ways of putting love into action and living in peace.
Friday, January 20 - Philippians 1:3
Thank God for the people who have been a blessing in
Saturday, January 21 - Galatians 6:10
Ask God to enable you to live as a blessing to others.
Sunday, January 22 - Matthew 6:33
Pray about prioritizing God’s Kingdom and righteousness above everything.
Monday, January 23 - Malachi 3:10
Ask for faith to trust him with your finances beginning with your tithes and o offerings.
Tuesday, January 24 - Proverbs 11:24-25
Pray that God would show you fresh ways to be generous with your time, abilities, and finances.
Wednesday, January 25 - Luke 11:9-12
Pray for a fresh impartation of the Holy Spirit knowing that the Father desires to fill you to over owing.
Thursday, January 26 - 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Talk to God about his purpose for your life. Ask for clarity and determination concerning his calling for you.
Friday, January 27 - Ephesians 5:15-16
Ask God for wisdom to use the time he has given you well and to his glory.
Saturday, January 28 - Numbers 6:24-26
Speak this blessing over your family, your friends, and the people in your world.
Sunday, January 29 - Ephesians 3:20-21
Praise God for what he desires to do in and through your life and for making you a member of his family, the Church.
DOWNLOAD THESE RESOURCES FOR THE FAST
This guide includes a full guide of how to plan and pray throughout the 21 days.
This guide includes a Daniel Fast guide & our Daily Prayer Focus for the fast.
This is a simple guide to help kids understand fasting and inspires them to participate in ways that are age appropriate.