A Little about Fasting

January 13, 2010 — Leave a comment

“ In those days, I Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth. . . nor did I anoint myself at all for the full three weeks.”

Daniel 10:2-3 (ESV)

There are several different kinds of fasts in scripture.  Moses, Elijah and Jesus all fasted food for 40 days.  A total fast includes both food and water and shouldn’t be done for longer than 1-2 days.  The covenant nation of Israel (which included the livestock and the children) was called to that kind of one-day fast numerous times in their history.  This “Daniel fast” is a partial fast – fruits and vegetables only.  He didn’t eat anything heavy so that he could focus on prayer and spiritual things.  Try a Daniel fast for 2-3 days. Then fast one whole day without food drinking only water.  Take it in steps.

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