Realizing that the “Daniel Fast” is not a true fast, but rather a lifestyle that David lived, should we still model our fast off of it? Let’s see.
What is a fast?
Fasting is deliberately giving up food for a set period of time in order to seek the Lord through prayer.
How long should a fast last?
Through reading, I’ve seen fasting for 3 days up to the longest 40 days (although very rare).
Should I fast?
Well, that’s a “yes”! Jesus says, “when you fast…”, not “if” you fast, but when. Therefore, fasting is not an option, but a given/known.
But should I do the Daniel Fast?
I don’t think one should specifically fast in this way unless called by the Lord, but again, I don’t think it is a true fast. I think rather, one should keep in mind the purpose and heart behind fasting. One passage that has really shaped my view of fasting is a passage from Numbers 6 that talks about the Nazarite Vow. In summary, it states that a person can make a vow for whatever amount of time they want, but they must keep that vow until the Lord until the time is over.
Similarly with fasting, know how you are going to fast (water only, sun up to sun down, no food at all) and go to the Lord with expectancy. Seek Him for direction and discernment.
“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”
If you have any questions or prayer requests, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! The Lord is with you!