Suggestions for Fasting
Fasting is a powerful practice. The Christian discipline of fasting is self-denial for the sake of spiritual focus. Fasting is not dieting. In its most common definition it is abstinence from food entirely, for a period of time, or a limitation to only certain types of food, e.g. juice, bread and water, vegetables or other simple foods.
We advise you to personally seek the Lord and ask Him what you should do during this fast and we encourage all who are able, to truly give God their best. No one should feel under compulsion to participate in the fast but it is our hope that everyone will pray and consider what it is they can do.
We also advise you to seek a physician’s advice before you approach any type of fasting. Certain individuals may need to limit how they fast because of their physical condition, illness, age or energy needs.
Some people may feel to abstain from food for one or two meals per day and then eat a regular meal at some other time during the day. Others may consider one or more full days abstaining per week.
Over a longer period of time, such as this, “Daniel” styled fasting is a good alternative, particularly for those with higher energy needs. Daniel’s fasting practice is a partial fast and described in Daniel 1:8-16 and 10:3.
To try to interpret Daniel’s fast into a modern lifestyle could mean the elimination of all sweets, desserts, soft drinks, dairy, meat and perhaps other animal protein. The core of the diet is built around fruit and vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts, sprouts, soy products, grains and grain products such as pasta. Drinks would consist of water, juice and herbal teas.
We hesitate to make a list of foods “not to eat.” Truly this is between you and God and what you feel you can and should do as a fast. (Romans 14:1-4)