Healing and Wholeness Through The Daniel Fast

Daniel FastA great way to obtain healing and wholeness is through the Daniel Fast. The Daniel fast is a 21 day fast based on Daniel 10:2-3. During this fast, Daniel ate no meat or desserts and drank no wine for 21 days during his time of prayer for Israel. Think lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, nuts, and even dairy. And yes, the Young Living Slique Kit is 100% compatible with this fast and will even be a great asset to keep you from being hungry!

Some people also use the dietary restrictions from Daniel 1:12 where Daniel ate only vegetables and drank only water for 10 day. But I feel that if you are doing the 21 day fast, you follow those guidelines and if you are doing the 10 day fast, you use the those guidelines. But keep focused on the purpose and what you feel God wants you to do and you can’t go wrong!

This time of fasting can bring some major breakthroughs in your life. People throughout the world will be fasting starting Sunday, January 6th. You can do this fast any time, even several times during the year, but January is great to start your year off focused and you can join Christians around the world for extra support.

Fasting is great for the whole person. First and foremost, it is great for the spirit because as you deny your flesh, your spirit becomes stronger and more sensitive to God and the things of His Kingdom.

Your body benefits because it acts as a detoxifier for your body, you’re putting healthy food in your body, and you will probably shed some extra pounds that are weighing your body down.

In the same way that a fast detoxifies your body, it will detoxify your soul. As you draw closer to the Lord, He will draw closer to you. He will begin to speak to you about things in your soul that are out of alignment with the Kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). Soul wounds, attitudes, wrong mindsets are all opposite of the Kingdom of God. God will use this time to heal those areas in your soul, if you let Him. So as He brings things up to you, that is a sign to you that He is going to heal those areas of your life.

Before you start any fast, you should prepare. The better you prepare, the more successful you will be. I got some preparation tips from one of my favorite Daniel Fast websites, http://daniel-fast.com/.

Prepare your spirit by praying about the fast and seeking God’s direction about what your focus of prayer and study should be. Learning about prayer, getting your finances in order, healing relationships or drawing closer to God are among some of the most common purposes for men and women on the Daniel Fast.

Consider areas in your life that cause you concern, worry or stress. Lift these needs to the Lord during your fast. Hear from Him. Ask Him to direct you, to change your heart, to renew your mind and to show you how to bring peace and resolution.

Prepare your soul by gathering study materials and establishing a routine you can use during your fast to have daily time for prayer, Bible reading and study. What do you want to learn about? What good habits do you want to develop? These can all be part of your fasting experience.

Prepare your body to avoid painful and even debilitating withdrawals. Taper off caffeine, sugar and processed foods. Start flushing your body of toxins by drinking more water. Also, begin to plan your meals by gathering recipes and planning menus.

In coming blogs I will be sharing tips, recipes and some essential oils that can be used aid in prayer and meditations, to stave off hunger and aid in the detoxifying of the body, and sooth the soul. Another website that is great to join the community of believers in this fast and with great resources is Jentezen Franklin’s website. So make plans to join me on this fast and make 2013 your year of breakthrough!

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  • Joy January 2, 2013, 10:28 pm

    I’m doing my first Daniel fast on the 6th. I have found a lot of great ideas for main dishes that are family friendly on Pinterest. They have tons of Vegan dishes that meet the guidelines for the fast.

    God Bless you on your fast!

    • Anastasia Carroll January 2, 2013, 11:02 pm

      Thanks for the tips, Joy! You’re always a wealth of knowledge. Will you be posting receipes on http://www.betterthanabox.org?

      • Joy January 3, 2013, 12:01 am

        I hope to get at least a few up. I might do a page before the fast if I get some time of some of my current recipes that meet the guidelines of the fast. I’m really excited to stretch myself and see what I come up with that my family will enjoy.


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