Real Life Community Church will once again participate in the annual 21-Day Daniel Fast, Jan. 21st through February 10th.
Fasting is going without something (such as food) for a particular amount of time, in order to amplify our expression of our need for something even better.
On January 21st, we begin our annual time of prayer and fasting. We hope you will join us, on this journey, as we, through the temporary renunciation of certain foods, express Christ as our greatest treasure, and seek God for spiritual awakening and renewal— in our church, community, nation, and world.
We are not going to have you “sign up” for this, as fasting is supposed to be a personal, private decision. If this partial fast doesn’t work for you, please feel free to modify it or do a fast that works better for you, as the Lord would lead.
*You should always talk to your doctor before making any change to your diet.
** During this season of fasting, we would encourage you to minimize television/phone/social media time, and replace it with prayer and study of God’s Word.
Why Are We Fasting?
We encourage anyone who wishes to accomplish the following to consider a Daniel Fast:
* Draw Closer to God
* Refocus on What’s Most Important
* Express Christ as Your Highest Treasure
* Express Longing for the Return of Christ
* Seek God for Spiritual Breakthrough in Your Life, Community, Church, and Our Nation
* Seek God for Intervention During a Crisis
* Seek Renewed Vision and Direction for Real Life Community Church
What is a Daniel Fast?
Regarding food, this is a partial fast, which means we will eliminate some common things from our daily diet, but will have generous options of other foods and liquids available. Specifically, we will avoid all meat, sweets and dairy. We will eat generous portions of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, including rice, legumes (beans), etc, and drink lots of filtered water.
But the focus of the Daniel Fast is not about the food – it is about “feasting” on what is truly important: Jesus, Prayer, and the Bible. It is about seeking the Lord in focused prayer like Daniel faithfully did, on a daily basis and also in times of crisis. Daniel understood how to set himself apart from the negative influences of the culture and he heard from God like no one else in his day.
What to Eat
Whole Grains (Includes Whole Wheat Flour, Oats, Barley, Rice, etc)
Legumes (All-Natural Beans, Lentils, Peas)
All (Non-Processed) Vegetables, Fruits and Berries
Seeds, Nuts and Sprouts
Natural Liquids (Lots of Filtered Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit or Vegetable Juices)
Healthy, Natural Oils (Olive, Peanut, Canola or Safflower, etc.)
Pure Honey, Agave Nectar, Stevia, Pure Maple Syrup (no added sugar)
What to Avoid
Fried or Processed Foods
Refined Sugar Products and/or Man-made Sugar Substitutes
White Flour Products
Margarine, Shortening, High-Fat Products
Yeast or Fermented Products (including Baking Powder, Vinegar, Soy Sauce, etc.)
Daniel Chapter 1 (ESV)
1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. 3 Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family[a] and of the nobility, 4 youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king’s palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.5 The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king. 6 Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah. 7 And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names: Daniel he called Belteshazzar, Hananiah he called Shadrach, Mishael he called Meshach, and Azariah he called Abednego.
8 But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. 9 And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 10 and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.” 11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king’s food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.” 14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king’s food. 16 So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
17 As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. 18 At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king. 20 And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom. 21 And Daniel was there until the first year of King Cyrus.