Here’s a little backstory how the ‘Daniel Fast’ originated. In Daniel chapter one we learn that King Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem and God’s people were taken back to Babylon as captives. A few good looking, strong, and smart men (exiles) were chosen to serve in the royal palace to be trained in the language and literature of Babylon. The young men were Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Daniel 1:8,11-12 (NLT)
But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. Daniel
spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), and Azariah (Abednego). “Please test us for ten
days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said.

It’s important to note here that while no verse in the Bible instructs us to follow the fast that Daniel undertook, there are numerous scriptures that encourage us to fast. Jesus fasted and
prayed for 40 days as preparation for his ministry here on Earth. He also made it clear to His disciples that some demonic strongholds can only be defeated by prayer and fasting. Daniel’s story acts as a powerful example of what can happen when you choose to eat simply and live prayerfully and mindfully. *In Daniel chapter ten, Daniel conducts the same fast for 21 days.
This is why some people do Daniel fasts for 21 days. Chapter ten is an excellent example of spiritual warfare that goes on while we are fasting. Read it!

The Daniel Fast is a spiritual discipline designed to better connect us with God. We will take 10 days (or 21 days) of the new year to deepen our relationship with God and center ourselves around what God is going to do in RockChurch and in our lives during 2023. This can be a challenging process, but we look forward to hearing from God and experiencing Him with intensity during our time of fasting and prayer.

Don't forget to PRAY during your fast! Without prayer, this fast is just a diet.

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. Below is 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.

Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, BlackEyed Peas
Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons,
Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon
Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger Root, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Squashes, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams,
Zucchini Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts
Liquids: Water, Unsweetened Soy Milk, Herbal (caffeine free) Tea, Natural Fruit Juice (no added sugar), Honey

Meat, Poultry, Fish White Rice, Fried Foods, Caffeine, Coffee, Tea (Decaf is up to you), Carbonated Beverages, Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives, Refined Sugar or Sugar Substitutes, White Flour, Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products, All Breads, Dairy (milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, etc.)
*Some people choose to drink coffee (coffee is a bean) during their Daniel fast. This is up to each individual, however decaffeinated coffee is recommended. You can get creative with your fast, too. Regardless of how much you cut out of your normal diet, we know God will honor your sacrifice.

If you are unable to participate in the diet of the Daniel Fast, here are some additional fasting ideas.
Juice Fast — Going without food and only doing juices or liquids.
Entertainment — Going without TV or entertainment.
Social Media — going without social media for a period of time.

We are partnering with Think Eternity in “Calling 1 million people to Fast and Pray in the Roaring Twenties.” This began in 2020 and will continue throughout the 2020’s (twenties). The Roaring
Twenties Fast is a 21 day fast.
Visit roaringtwentiesfast.com for complete details.

“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. — Isaiah 58:6 (NLT)

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