To “Fast” is a Christian’s voluntary abstinence from food for spiritual purposes. Fasting is not limited to the abstinence of food, but its ultimate purpose is to discipline the flesh.
Jesus said in Mark 9:29, “This kind can come forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting.”
Isaiah 58:6 offers God’s very own words about the effects of rightful praying and fasting. God outlines the purpose of our fast. He says, “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the opposed go free, and that you break every yoke?”
In both passages; the end result of rightful praying and fasting is liberation, healing and salvation.
I believe that God wants us to be unencumbered with current or past bondage.
The Daniel Fast (excerpt from “Toxic Relief” by Don Colbert, M.D.)
Daniel and three other Hebrew youths, Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego, were Jews held in captivity, in the kingdom of Babylon. They were greatly favored for their purity, and they were well educated and extremely gifted both mentally and spiritually.
When these four young men were captured and taken into the king’s palace to educate them in the ways of the Chaldeans, Daniel 1:5 states, “The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table” (NIV). He planned to keep them on his own rich diet of meats, fats, sugary pastries and wine for three years. At the end of the three years they would be presented to the king.
However, verse 8 says, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine” (NIV). In other words, Daniel rejected the rich, temptingly delicious meats, wine and pastries of the royal court, perhaps because they did not meet the requirements of Jewish dietary laws or because these youths may have taken vows against drinking alcohol.
So, Daniel made a request of the prince of the eunuchs. Verse 12 says, “Please test your servants for ten days: give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink” (NIV). The King James Version uses the word pulse. “Pulse” consisted of vegetables and grain, wheat, barley, rye, peas, beans and lentils.
Daniel and the three other Hebrew youths lived a fasted life for three years on the vegetarian diet of pulse while learning and studying in the king’s court, and God honored their partial fast. We’re told in verse 15, “At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished then any of the young men who ate the royal food” (NIV).
God tremendously favored their decision to fast and granted them favor, wisdom and insight far above anyone around them. In versus 18 – 20 (NIV) we read:
At the end of the time set by the king to bring them in, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so, they entered the king’s service. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
Daniel knew what was healthy to eat, and he purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself. The Daniel fast eliminates rich foods such as meats, pastries, cakes, pies, cookies, alcohol and any other food that is tempting to the flesh.
Today, people are so bound to their flesh that they often cannot go one meal without eating some form of meat, something sweet, fatty or some other type of rich food. We must crucify our flesh daily and take up our cross and follow Christ. (See Matthew 16:24.) What better way to crucify our flesh than to follow Daniel’s fasted lifestyle?
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