Today is Day 1 of the Daniel Fast, 21 days of whole foods and wholesome talk. For the next 21 days, I will eat only natural foods that come from the ground and speak wholesome words that lift up and encourage those around me. For additional details about the Daniel Fast, click here. I have decided to make a few modifications but the intent of the fast remains the same…Natural foods, no meat, no sugar, and NO COFFEE. Yes, I will be relying heavily on the Holy Spirit for strength on that last one.
Each morning I will spend time going through the book of Daniel to maintain the focus of the fast. You can find the devotional here. The primary reason I have chosen to take part in this fast is to start the year fully focused on the Lord. Those of you that know me know that I absolutely LOVE food, so this time of denying the flesh will remind me that God is my source and must maintain the number one place in my life. I hope to draw closer to the Lord and simply enjoy spending time with my creator!
Just in case you are wondering, I will not forsake the OTN90 challenge during this time. Take a look at my previous post, here, for details. I will read the Daniel Devotional in the mornings when I wake and then spend the rest of my day listening to and reading the OTN90 passage for the day.
Each day I will have a prayer focus for the day. So if I start to crave a food that I’m fasting from, I will immediately begin to pray. My prayer focus for today is: a submissive spirit and loving words.
Prayer:Thank you for leading me to a church that has a heart for you and consistently challenges me to find ways to draw closer to you. I pray, Lord, that you would keep my mind fully focused on you in the next 21 days and throughout this year! I pray Lord that the elimination of certain foods would draw me closer to you and not in any way serve as a distraction to me. ~ Amen