What is the Daniel Fast?

The Daniel Fast is based on the prophet Daniel’s fasting experiences as recorded in the Bible. The fast is a biblically based partial fast. According to Daniel 1, the results were: (v. 17) learning, skill, wisdom, spiritual understanding, favor, and better appearance! (v. 19) In Daniel 10, the fast resulted in answered prayer and spiritual insight. (vv. 11-12) One of the great things about the Daniel Fast is that you are not limited to any specific amount of food, but rather to the kinds of food you can eat.

Three key components to the Daniel Fast:
1. Only fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes & whole grains.
2. Only water or natural fruit juice for a beverage.
3. No sweeteners, breads, meat, eggs or dairy products.

 

The Daniel Fast Prayer List

1. Spiritual awakening across greater Springfield
2. The people of James River Church to be strong in the Lord
3. The strengthening of the James River Church ministry & staff
4. Back to back Designed for Life Women’s Conferences
5. Schools, Students, Teachers, & Administrators
6. Life Groups

The Daniel Fast Food List

All fruit // fresh, frozen, juiced, or canned

Apples, apricots, bananas, cherries, grapes, lemons, limes, peaches, pineapples, strawberries, watermelon, etc.

All vegetables // fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned

Asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, veggie burgers, etc.

All whole grains

Whole wheat, brown rice, millet, barley, oats, quinoa, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes, popcorn, etc.

All nuts & seeds

Sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame, nut butters (including peanut butter).

All legumes // canned or dried

Dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils

Olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages

Natural fruit juices, spring water, distilled water, other pure waters.

Others

Tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs, spices.

The Daniel Fast Food List

All fruit // fresh, frozen, juiced, or canned – apples, apricots, bananas, cherries, grapes, lemons, limes, peaches, pineapples, strawberries, watermelon, etc.

All vegetables // fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned – asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, veggie burgers, etc.

All whole grains – whole wheat, brown rice, millet, barley, oats, quinoa, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes, popcorn, etc.

All nuts & seeds – sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame, nut butters (including peanut butter)

All legumes // canned or dried – dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans

All quality oils – olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame

Beverages – natural fruit juices, spring water, distilled water, other pure waters

Others – tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs, spices

Foods to Avoid While Fasting

All meat and animal products

Beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, etc.

All dairy products

Milk, cheese, cream, butter, eggs, etc.

All sweeteners

Sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice, etc.

All leavened bread

Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods

All refined and processed food products

Artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods

Potato chips, French fries, corn chips, etc.

All solid fats

Shortening, margarine, lard, foods high in fat.

Some Beverages

Including but not limited to: coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Foods to Avoid While Fasting

All meat and animal products: beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, etc.

All dairy products: milk, cheese, cream, butter, eggs, etc.

All sweeteners: sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice, etc.

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

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

All deep fried foods: potato chips, French fries, corn chips

All solid fats: shortening, margarine, lard, foods high in fat

Beverages including but not limited to: coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol

Danie Fast Devotions

21-Day Daniel Fast Devotional

Check out James River Church’s own 21-Day Daniel Fast devotional reading plan on the Bible app. This reading plan is designed to strengthen and encourage you each and every day of the fast with daily devotions and scriptures. If you don’t have the Bible app already, download it from the app store, add this plan to your list, and join us as we fast and pray; calling on God to go before us!

Kristen Feola Book Cover

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola

A great resource for the Daniel Fast, written by James River Church’s very own, Kristen Feola, is The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. In the book, Kristen provides insight and a history on the Daniel Fast, 21 powerful devotionals for each day of the fast, and over 100 simple recipes that follow the fast’s guidelines. In the book, you will learn how to get the most out of the fast by spending time in God’s Word.

Daniel Fast Dining

Daniel Fast Dining Options

Multiple local restaurants are offering Daniel Fast friendly menu options. Click below for a list of all the restaurants, their Daniel Fast friendly meals, and directions to local locations.