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Daniel Fast Consecration
January 3 - 23, 2022

Welcome to our 2022 time of consecration.  This is a time for us to come together corporately for prayer and fasting.  Each year we do a 21-Day fast adhering to the principles of the prophet Daniel who declined to eat the delicacies of the King's table (Daniel 1:8). Instead, he asked to be fed fruits, vegetables, grains and water for 21 days.  At the end of the 21 days, Daniel and his companions' countenances were fairer than those who had been fed meat from the king's table.

Even though there is much discussion about food on the Daniel Fast, the foods we eat are not our primary focus.  During this time of separation, we seek to have a meaningful encounter with God and to draw nearer to Him. Let this time of consecration be a renewed submission to God's will and purpose for our lives.  Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart, and He will draw near to us.

Five Tips to Keep Your Focus Off the Food

One: Have a little meeting with yourself. Think about the importance of satisfying your appetite during your fast. Are you willing to deny the flesh? Are you willing to learn how to crucify the flesh so you can draw nearer to God? Eating more simply will help you in this part of your spiritual journey. 

Two: Plan simple and easy-to-prepare meals. Download the food list (see link below) and the Meal Planning Worksheet. Free up time and thought by preparing meals in advance. 

Three: Find simple recipes for your Daniel Fast. Over the next 21 days, what are 3 breakfasts that you can consume? What are 5-6 dinner meals? What are 3 snacks you can prepare and have available? How can you use leftovers for lunches? Or what are 3-4 simple lunch menus you can plan?

Four: If you prepare meals for others that are not on the fast, consider making the foods you consume during your fast part of the meal you serve to others. If you have soup with salad, then serve that to your family and then add an entree or another side dish for them. Be an example to those around you. Remain in joy and love. 

Five: Notice the changes going on in you as you change the way you eat during your fast. Discover how cravings disappear. Notice the increased energy you experience and the healing that your body may undergo.

Before You Begin

Start preparing your heart and mind now. Your Invitation for Deep Diving Fasting is a discipline that you certainly get out of it what you put into it. If you want a deeply fulfilling fasting experience, then make that decision and organize your fasting time so you can focus completely on the Lord, the Bible, and your study. Take a few minutes and think about the areas of your life that are “out of order,” causing you stress, and/or not aligned with the ways of God. List some of them below: ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________

Do you have “invisible crutches” in your life? If so, identify those support systems that you might depend on rather than trusting in God:

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What areas of your life need a “shift” so you can have the hope, peace, and security available to you as a child of the Most High God?

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Recipes

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DANIEL FAST FOOD LIST

Please make sure to READ THE LABEL when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free. Keep this in mind as you review this list of acceptable foods. Look for the list of ingredients on the label (not the nutritional value) to make sure all the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast Guidelines

Foods to include in your eating plan during the Daniel Fast
All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned
. Vegetables include but are artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, 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, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn. All nuts and seeds, including sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters, including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.


Note: Unsweetened plant-based milks and juices can be used in recipes or on cereal, but the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat, animal, fish and seafood products including beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish and shellfish.

All dairy products including milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweeteners including sugar, raw sugar, date sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, cane juice, date honey, and stevia.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All leavening agents including yeast, baking soda and baking powder.

All refined and processed foods products including artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep-fried foods including potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Remember, READ THE LABELS so you are aware of the ingredients in the package.

Source: The Daniel Fast Food List (daniel-fast.com)