Last month I completed the Daniel fast. If you are not familiar with this fast, please flip to the Chapter of Daniel in your Bible. Daniel, Hananiah “Shadach”, Mishael “Meshach”, and Azariah “Abednego” were part of the group chosen to serve King Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom.
Daniel 1:5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat and of the wine which he drank, so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king (KJV)
Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank. Therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. (KJV)
Daniel 1:15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the portion of the king’s meat. (KJV)
The four men were found to be the best out of the men and they had greater knowledge.
Now, you may be wondering “Why do people fast for 21 days if Daniel only fasted for 10?”
Daniel fasted again in chapter 10.
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. And the thing was true, but the time appointed was long; and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. 3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
Shortly after the three weeks, Daniel received a message from an Angel.
At the end of the fast I realized that the fast had nothing to do with food. It was about submission, obedience, and dependence on the Lord. The fast was an illustration of what we should be doing every day, multiple times a day.
Dying to self
Anytime I had a craving for anything other than fruits, vegetables, or beans, I had to back away. I had to remember that the Lord was greater than my cravings. Even though I still had cravings, mood swings, and complained more than I want to admit, the food that I was putting in my body and in my spirit seemed so much greater.
The Word of the Lord was so beautiful to me. I found The Word to be amazing prior to the fast but the Bible moved me to tears. I literally cried through 90% of a Bible study for no reason!
After the fast, I have indulged in everything I was missing in the 21 days. I went right back to what I was doing (I still need to have portion control). I have a greater understanding about why I eat and how horrible most of the food I was eating was.
I say all this to say… I feel like I had some spiritual growth and I really just need submit, obey, and depend on the Lord and remember to die to self (without having an edible reminder)