HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, fasting and prayer is a wonderful way to draw closer to God and experience breakthrough. I just can’t say enough positive things about it. Fasting helps to focus your body, mind and spirit on God and not your own desires. It is common throughout the Bible (and life!) for a sacrifice to be made, in order to achieve a breakthrough. We are asked to give our tithes first to God, in representation that we are putting Him first in our lives. In sports, we are required to train and sacrifice muscular fatigue and soreness in order to achieve our team goals. In our careers, we might be asked to sacrifice long work hours in order to reach our company goals.
When you experience hunger or cravings, use this time to lean in and depend on God. Ask for strength and perseverance. This is why I recommend spending extra quiet time with God (through prayer and bible study) during the fast. This is just as important as the actual dietary restrictions. If you are simply restricting your diet without seeking God, then you may still experience the physical/emotional benefits of a fast, without experiencing the spiritual benefits. But again, don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day of bible study or forget to pray. This is not about performance, but about drawing closer to God.
Before doing the Daniel Fast, I recommend writing down any goals or prayer requests you hope to gain during the fast. I also recommend that you journal during the Daniel Fast. It is common for people to hear God more clearly so that is why it is important to write down everything as you experience it so you won’t forget.
The easiest way to do this is to have a Daniel Fast devotional. A great one (that’s super affordable!) is conveniently called The Daniel Fast Devotional. I find this is the perfect way to create some sort of structure to your quiet time with God during the fast.