Why should I fast?
Are you hungry for more of God? Do you want to hear God's voice more clearly, and seek His direction for your life? Do you have a desire to see God’s presence and His favor in your life and in your church? Fasting is a physical reminder of our great need of the Lord.
Jesus says in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open.”
What is the purpose of fasting?
It's good to begin a fast with certain prayer needs and requests in mind. Just be aware that the most significant work God does is not always turning a situation around or fulfilling a long-waited for desire, but instead changing our hearts so that we see things through His perspective.
The heart behind fasting is not to be religious – as if our good works would earn us something from God – but instead to be reminded that it's Jesus who satisfies our every need with himself.
What is partial fasting?
The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, which means that we will eliminate some common things from our daily diet. We will focus on eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
What if I cannot fully participate?
If you have any condition which would prohibit you from being a part of the Daniel Fast, there are other options. Choose something from your daily routine (i.e. specific foods or beverages, entertainment, etc.) and fast in that manner for the next 21 days. The details are not as important as the spirit in which you participate. If you run into grey areas, remember the heart behind this fast. The point is not to earn something from God through religious behavior; everything we have is given to us through grace, not by works (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Fasting is always, always between you and God. This is not an excuse to cheat, rather it should fuel you on. Live as simply as you can, tuning your heart towards God by His grace!