The daniel fast

 
 
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Fasting is a spiritual exercise when you give up something in order to gain something better. There are many different kinds of fasts in the Bible: one-day fasts that last from supper until supper the next day; multiple day fasts of 1, 3, 14, 21, and 40 days; total fasts when the participants went without any food or water; complete fasts, when the participants had water but no food; and the Daniel fast. The Daniel fast comes from the Old Testament book of Daniel. Daniel the prophet fasted for 21 days. His fast was not a complete fast but rather a fast in which he gave up certain foods. He ate no meat, desserts, and drank no alcoholic beverages. 

When this vision came to me [Daniel said later], I had been in mourning for three full weeks. All that time I tasted neither wine nor meat, and, of course, I went without desserts. Daniel 10:2-3 (LB)  

Avalon Church invites you to join us on a Daniel fast from January 7th – January 27th. There is great power in praying and fasting together as a church body. 

A Daniel Fast is very simple. You give up eating meat, desserts, and alcoholic beverages for twenty-one days. While it is tempting to obsess over what you can and can’t eat, the point of the fast is to give up something good in order to get something better. The focus should be on praying more and asking God to bless you. There are many “ideas” on the Internet about what you can and can’t eat on a Daniel fast, but what Daniel did was very simple: he gave up meat, desserts, and alcohol to focus on God and prayer. 

Fasting at the beginning of a year follows God’s divine order of putting Him first. We are to give God the first day of each week for worship (Hebrews 10:25; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2), the first tenth of our income (Deuteronomy 14:22), and the first thoughts of each day (Psalm 5:3). When we fast in the first part of the New Year God works and blesses. 

Start the New Year with prayer and fasting – January 7 - 27

Fasting is a normal part of the Christian life. In the sermon on the mount Jesus said, “When you pray,”When you fast,” and, “When you give.” Notice that he did not say if you do these things but when you do these things. Fasting, praying, and giving is a normal part of spiritual discipline. Every Christian should practice these three things regularly. (Matthew 6:2, 5, & 16 NLT)

How can you participate?

  • Join Avalon Church in a Daniel Fast (give up meat, desserts, and alcohol) from January 7 – 27. 

  • Pray every day for something you need God to do in your life. 

What should you pray for?

  • To draw closer to God

  • For guidance and God’s will

  • For Avalon Church growth

  • For God to provide land for Avalon Church

  • For the pastors, leaders, and people of Avalon Church 

  • For health, finances, family, friends, and reaching the lost

What Can You Expect?

  • Answered prayer

  • A changed life

  • Better health, financial blessings, family & friends coming to Christ, and miracles in your life and the church

Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7 (NLT)