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Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from an Unknown Author. He said: "Fasting casts out devils, chases away demons, and breaks the gates of hell like nothing else can. When we are made physically weak by fasting, the power of God is made powerful in our lives."
Our fasting devotional today is titled "WHAT IS THE DANIEL FAST?" from Susan Gregory, author of the bestselling book titled "The Daniel Fast"
The Daniel Fast is a biblically based partial fast. It is a method of fasting that men, women and young people all over the world are using as they enter into the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting.
There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast. In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast:
1. Only fruits and vegetables
2. Only water for a beverage
Then in Daniel 10 we read that the Prophet ate no meat nor any precious breads or foods and he drank no wine for 21 days. So from this scripture, we get a third guideline: No sweeteners and no breads
Another important guideline is drawn from Jewish fasting principles, where no leaven is used during the fast. So that's why yeast, baking powder and the like are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.
Finally, with these puzzle pieces, we conclude that no artificial or processed foods nor any chemicals are allowed on the Daniel Fast. When asked about the eating plan on the Daniel Fast, I often say it is a "vegan diet with even more restrictions." So, I would encourage you to read the ingredients on labels of prepared foods to make sure they only include Daniel Fast friendly ingredients.
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