2024 Daniel Fast
A Twenty-One Day Journey Filled with Fasting, Praying and Visioning
Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2023 is behind us and we stand at the beginning of another year. We are grateful to God for all that He has done, and we look forward to what the Lord has in store for us. One of the ways we can prepare to move forward into what God is in store is through the spiritual discipline of fasting.
This is our sixth year of the Daniel Fast, and I believe with each fasting season, we are growing and developing into becoming what God desires, both individually and collectively. There are several things for which I am seeking God for Bethel, including the purchase of property, as well as the growth of several ministries within our congregation. What are you seeking from God in this season?
This year’s Daniel Fast Guide provides three biblical passages that illustrate believers overcoming obstacles in order to do God’s will. The daily readings and weekly reflections provide an opportunity to learn how we too can overcome obstacles. I pray that this year’s Daniel Fast will bring each of us closer to God, and align us to God’s will for our lives.
Mashod A. Evans, Sr.
Rev. Mashod A. Evans, Sr..
Servant of God
Download the 2024 Daniel Fast Guide.
What is The Daniel Fast?
The Daniel Fast is a Biblically—based fast inspired by the Old Testament prophet, Daniel. According to the scriptures, Daniel abstained from meat, wine, and other delicacies while praying for God’s favor, which came after twenty-days of fasting and praying. (Daniel 1:8- 16, 10: 2-3) He only ate fruits, vegetables and whole foods and drank water.
As twenty-first century disciples, we can apply this same spiritual discipline as we seek God’s favor, vision, protection, power and much more. During the Daniel Fast, faster abstain from the consumption of all meats, animal by-products (including eggs and dairy), fried foods, refined sugars, alcohol, and caffeine. The fasting is accompanied by a commitment to prayer, mediation, and study of God’s word for the twenty-one days. The purpose of the fast is to be strengthened spiritually, mentally and physically while seeking discernment and direction from God.
Essentials for The Daniel Fast
(adapted from The Daniel Plan www.thedanielplan.com)
FAITH God is the power and energy behind all positive transformations including lifestyle changes necessary for you to become healthy. As you complete The Daniel Fast, you will discover that you have a part to play in improving your spiritual, mental, and physical health, but God will energize your efforts and that you can rely on God’s strength to do it (Philippians 4:13).
FOOD The Daniel Fast is about abundance, not deprivation. You will be invited to eat delicious whole foods that bring vitality and energy to your body and mind. It’s all about learning that even your food choices can honor God and his purposes for your life (1 Corinthians 10:31).
FOCUS In a world where so many distractions compete for your attention, it is more important than ever to renew your mind with truth (Romans 12:2) and break negative thought patterns. Focus your thoughts on God’s plan and priorities for your life. Express your gratitude to God and make the choice to dwell in God’s goodness.
FRIENDS/FAMILY/COMMUNITY The Bible says God created the universe in such a way that we need each other. We pray that as we complete this spiritual journey together, that the bonds and connections of our church family will be strengthened. We also pray that during this fast you will make an initiative to connect with your individual families as well as your members of your community to uplift, encourage and inspire others.