This year we are participating in our corporate time of consecration Sunday, January 7 through Saturday, January 27, 2018. This is the time we have set aside to consecrate ourselves and our ministry to God through prayer and fasting.
The Daniel Fast is a 21-day partial fast with a biblical background tied directly to the prophet Daniel. In Daniel 1:8 (NKJV) it states: “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore, he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Daniel felt that the king’s foods were not in accord with the Mosaic law, and not only that, but also that the king’s foods were offered up to false gods and idols. Thus, Daniel asked the guard to allow he and his three friends, Hananiah (also known as Shadrach), Mishael (also known as Meshach), and Azariah (also known as Abednego), to only have vegetables (which included fruits) to eat, and water to drink. Because the chief eunuch was commanded to bring servants (Dan. 1:4 NKJV) “of good appearance” to stand in the palace in order to be taught the literature and language of the Chaldeans, the guard assigned to Daniel was reluctant to honor his request for a change in diet. Daniel asked the guard to give them the diet for ten days and then compare he and his three friends’ health to the other young men who ate the king’s foods. The guard obliged, and at the end of ten days he saw that Daniel and his friends’ appearance was much better than that of the other men and allowed them to continue the diet.
In Daniel 10:2,3 (NKJV) the prophet states: “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. 3 I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
The prophet Daniel’s fast was not only good spiritually, but it also had significant health benefits. Daniel knew the importance of consecrating himself and being holy before God. The purpose of participating in the Daniel’s Fast today is not to do exactly as Daniel did, but more importantly, to do it in the spirit in which he did it.
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