Okay, we’re in this Daniel Fast now. Some wanted the full 21 days and they’ve been into it since January 2nd. Others just started on the 10th. Already you can tell the difference, can’t you? You are overcoming cravings for some of your favorite things. I especially miss my morning coffee!
Remember that our model for the Daniel Fast is “a renowned man of God who lived more than 2,700 years ago.” Daniel is an “excellent example for us to consider as we face the challenges in our world today.” Daniel lived in the time of the Babylonian empire when gods and idols were many. Daniel was raised in Jerusalem and “steeped in the traditions and customs of the Hebrew people. ” He was a man of faith in the world of ungodliness. Sounds a lot like the world we live in. But Daniel lived a life of prayer and fasting. He made prayer and Scripture reading a part of his daily disciplines and so must we not only during the period of fasting, but after the fast is over as well.
Daniel maintained an unwavering commitment to God and refused to allow his captors to corrupt him. They had big plans for him, but God had bigger plans for Daniel. He refused the king’s food probably because it had been offered to Babylonian gods; and probably because it could not be prepared according to strict Jewish laws. So Daniel “purposed in his heart” to follow God’s way and not defile his body. So he ate only “pulse” (foods grown from seeds) and drank only water.
So, let us purpose in our hearts to follow the ways of The Lord during this time of self-denial in order to seek the face of God in prayer. I know we’ll all be healthier for it and God will do some amazing things among us. The power of God worked through him throughout his life. We’re a lot like Daniel who devoted himself to God and lived victoriously in enemy territory. It wasn’t the fasting that made the difference; it was Daniel’s faith that brought him through. Lord, make us men and women of faith who honor you and stand for you in the midst of a world gone wild.
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