The Daniel Fast is a spiritual discipline designed to better connect us with God. As members of The River Church, we’ll be starting January 14 and are challenging people to fast for either 7, 14, or 21 days. We are using this time to deepen our relationship with God and center ourselves around what God is going to do in our church and in our lives during this time.
The River Church staff will be participating in the fast and we encourage The River Church family to participate as God leads and directs each person and family.
Sunday, January 14: Begin the “Daniel Fast”
Sunday, February 3: Break the Fast! (21-day participants)
You may choose to do a shorter fast of 7 or 14 days as well, but we encourage you to take the challenge of the full 21 days!
The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, which means that we will eliminate some common things from our daily diet, but will have generous options available. We will focus on eating fruits and vegetables that are pure and simple. We have included a list of foods to eat and foods to avoid.
*If you have any known medical conditions or suspect such conditions, consult your doctor before beginning the fast.
There are multiple online resources available on the Daniel Fast. One thing you’ll notice is that there are many ways to do the fast. This is, in part, due to the lack of clarity in the Bible as to exactly what Daniel did during his fast. However, to keep it simple, we have included in this packet what the staff of The River Church will be doing during the fast and some of the resources we will be using. This fast will require preparation as most meals will be made from scratch. We will have some recipes available online.
There is also a Facebook Group with people from The River to offer recipes and encouragement.
***Levels of Participation:
Twice in the book of Daniel, a fast is mentioned. One is for 21 days and the second for 10 days. We are asking our leaders to join the staff in the 21-day fast but if circumstance won’t allow the full fast, we ask that you set aside 7, 14, or 21 days during the fast to join us in prayer and fasting.