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  "The Daniel Fast"  For Lent

On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Lent begins. It lasts for 40 days and will end on Easter Sunday, April 20th. This is the Fast I will be on for that time. It is called a Daniel Fast. Why?

Daniel and the people of Judah had been captured by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon .The King called his chief steward and told him to bring” some of the young men of royal blood so they could take their place in the king’s palace; they were to be taught the language and literature of the Chaldeans. The king allotted these men a daily portion of food and wine from the royal table. Daniel , Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were among the young men .(Daniel 1:3)

According to Daniel 1:8 But Daniel was resolved not to defile himself with the king’s food or wind; so he begged the chief chamberlain to spare him this defilement. Though God had given Daniel the favor and sympathy of the chief chamberlain, he nevertheless said to Daniel ,” I am afraid of my lord the king; it is he who allotted your food and drink, if he sees that you look wretched by comparison with the other young men of your age, you will endanger my life with the king.”
Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief chamberlain had put in charge of Daniel, Hannaniah, Mishael and Azaiah, ”Please test your servants for ten days, give us vegetables to eat and water to drink, then see how we look in comparison with the other young men who eat from the royal table, and treat your servants according to what you see”. He acceded to this request, and tested them for ten days. After ten days they looked healthier and better fed than any of the young men who ate from the royal table. So the steward continued to take away the food and wine they were to receive, and gave them vegetables.
To these four young men God gave knowledge and proficiency in all literature and science, and to Daniel the understanding of all visions and dreams.
So Daniel fasted and was blessed.

To follow the Fast :
No alcohol – no coffee- no colas- no sodas
No sweets, bread, crackers, pancakes etc.
No meat-
Eat and drink

Water- Water- Water-Water. 8 glasses a day or more.

Vegetables ( no potatoes) fruits- salads, vinegar and oil dressing, fish, dates, figs, nuts, clear broth, lentils-lemons. Your own medicines- vitamins-

Proteins are vital to your good health. Eat lots of fruit, vegetables, eggs, tuna fish, salmon, protein non dairy, no sweetener drink. Search out high protein foods.

The Fast is a sacrifice unto the Lord. No one needs to know what you are doing, it does not intrude on your comings and goings. The hardest part for me is no coffee but I have noticed after 2 days I don’t desire it anymore.

Jesus said Luke 9: “If any man will come after Me, let him deny myself ,take up his cross and follow Me”. This is a denial of one’s self and flesh for love of Him.

Let us pray:
Father, we offer our lives to You
Give us the grace necessary for this Fast.
It is offered as a sacrifice of love and thanksgiving for all You have done for us.
Help us to take each day, one at a time and stay in your Presence with prayer and meditation about You, Jesus, our Redeemer, our Crucified Lord, and what he did for each of us.
Thank You now for each day, it is unto You only.
Bless our Nation, our families, our Church, our Community and place Your Hand upon us all. Amen
There is a grace given by God for this.
You might consider one day a week- three day fast- 10 day fast. Whatever the lord leads you.
I personally have purchased a note book specially for this journey and plan to write each day my medtations and thanks.

Perhaps you can print out the prayer and pray it each day.

Psalm 139:3-My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold O lord, you know the whole of it.
Behind me and before, you hem me in and rest your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

 

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