Why do we Fast?

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

Choosing a Fast

Daniel Fast

The Daniel Fast consists of eating only fruits and vegetables and abstaining from any dessert, treat, or added sugars. It also includes abstaining from alcohol and any animal products.
Daniel 1:2, Daniel 10:12-13
Check out our helpful Daniel Fast guidelines and tips below.

Full / Partial Fast

The Full/Partial Fast is giving up one or more meals throughout the day to focus on spending time with God. It could mean replacing a meal time with bible reading, prayer, or listening to worship music.

Non-Food Fast

Do you have something that’s distracting you from God? Maybe its social media, sports, Netflix, or anything that would take your attention away from spending time with God. Choose one of your distractions to fast from and instead replace it with bible reading, prayer, and listening to worship music.

The Daniel Fast Guidelines

Use this guide when preparing menus, choosing recipes and shopping for your Daniel Fast meals.

Fasting Resources

Twenty One Day Fasting Study
Jentzen Franklin Fasting Resources
The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast
A Collection of Daniel Fast Recipes

Fasting FAQs

I hear a lot about fasting for health... How is Biblical fasting different?

Fasting is one of the Spirit’s tools for strengthening and transforming grace in our lives. This spiritual practice is a gift from God meant to grow us and draw us into a deepening relationship with Him. If you do not already know this power and the importance of fasting, here are some insights drawn from God’s Word and personal experience to get you started:

  • Fasting was an expected practice in both the Old and New Testament eras. For example, Moses fasted for at least two recorded 40-day periods. Jesus fasted 40 days and reminded His followers to fast. He said, “When you fast,” not, “If you fast” (Matthew 6:16).
  • Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of your “first love” for the Lord (Revelation 2:4) and result in a more intimate relationship with Christ.
  • Fasting is a biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God (Ezra 8:21). King David said, “I … humbled myself with fasting” (Psalm 35:13, New International Version).
  • Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance and a transformed life.
  • Through fasting, the Holy Spirit will imprint God’s Word deeper on your heart, and His truth will become more meaningful to you.
  • Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience.
  • Fasting can result in a dynamic personal revival and make you a channel of life change to others.
Should I talk to my doctor before I begin fasting?

We recommend that you consult with your doctor or health professional before taking part in any fast; this is especially for persons with medical conditions, anyone taking medication, pregnant women and mothers who are nursing. All children and youth under the care of parents need to consult with their parents or caregivers if they are taking part in fasting. Choose a Fasting plan that works for you as changing diets and eating habits may affect your health. On completing the fast, we advise that you not rush back into eating the regular foods you ate before the fast, as it may cause some minor discomfort in your body.

How do I decide what fast to do?

We have shared a few different fasting options above. When it comes to making your decision about what type of fast is right for you, the best advice is to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. He will guide your heart and mind as to what is best for you. Remember, the most important consideration in fasting is your motive. Why are you fasting — to seek something personally from God’s hand or to seek His face in worship, praise and thanksgiving?

Should I tell others that I'm fasting or keep it to myself?

Many people are reluctant to tell others that they are fasting because they want to avoid the sin of the Pharisees: fasting just to gain recognition for themselves.

It’s widely believed that attitude is a result of a wrong interpretation of Jesus’ teaching, “that your fasting may not be seen by others” (Matthew 6:18, English Standard Version). His point is about avoiding self-praise, not total secrecy. Our misguided silence can be a trick of the enemy, who does not want us to fast or to share with loved ones and friends the benefits of fasting.

By isolating ourselves from the support of other Christians, we will be more susceptible to doubts and negative influences. We need the prayers of our Christian friends and family members to help us continue when we feel alone and when the enemy tempts us to give up.

If I fail two days into a twenty one day Daniel fast - what should I do?

Keep going! Don’t let that one moment stop you from continuing to pursue God for the remainder of the 21 days.