Fasting has the potential for significant impact in our lives. Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life and God can speak directly to you in new and powerful ways.

Fasting and prayer can also work on a much larger scale. According to Scripture, we are convinced that when God’s people fast with a proper Biblical motive – seeking God’s face not His hand – with a broken, repentant, and contrite spirit, God will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation and world. Fasting and prayer can bring about a change in the direction of our nation, the nations of earth and the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

If you do not already know of the power and importance of fasting, here are some very important facts:

  • Fasting was an expected discipline in both the Old and New Testament eras. For example, Moses fasted at least two recorded 40-day periods. Jesus fasted 40 days and reminded His followers to fast, “when you fast,” not if you fast.
  • Fasting is a Biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God (Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21). King David said, “I humble myself through fasting.”
  • The Holy Spirit will quicken the Word of God in your heart and His truth will become more meaningful to you!
  • Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience.
  • Fasting can result in a dynamic personal revival in your own life – and make you a channel of revival to others.

Types of Fasts

Biblical fasting is, very simply, denying oneself something for the sake of seeking and honoring God. Fasting is a way of eliminating distractions and focusing directly on God. In addition to food, you can also fast from other things that keep you connected to the world. These may include television, social media, video games and more. Listed below are a few common type of fasts.

Liquid Fast

This type of fast is not determined by cutting certain foods out of your diet but by restricting your diet to liquids only. Juicing is very common on these fasts. Even when fasting it is still very important to make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs. Juicing fruits and vetgetables, whole fruit smoothies, and staying hydrated with pure water are all good ways to do this.

Daniel Fast

This type of fast is based out of Daniel 10:2-3. 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.

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

  • All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, and watermelon.
  • All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.
  • All whole grains. Whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.
  • All nuts and seeds. Sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.
  • All legumes. These can be 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: spring water, distilled water, or other pure waters.
  • Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

  • All meat and animal products including, but not limited to, beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
  • All dairy products including, but not limited to, milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
  • All sweeteners including, but not limited to, sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
  • All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
  • All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
  • All deep fried foods including, but not limited to, potato chips, French fries and corn chips.
  • All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
  • Beverages including, but not limited to, coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Meats and Sweets Fast

This type of fast is where you eliminate all meats and sweets from your diet.

Foods to avoid on the Meats and Sweets Fast

  • All meat and animal products including, but not limited to, beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
  • All sweeteners including, but not limited to, sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

Water only Fast

This type of fast is where, for the duration of the fast you do not eat or drink anything except pure water.

TV fast

This type of fast is where you eliminate the watching of TV for the duration of your fast.

Social Media Fast

This type of fast is where you eliminate the use of any social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Periscope, Snapchat, ect.

Fasting Safely:

As you begin your fast, you may hear from concerned loved ones and friends who urge you to protect your health. They are right, you should protect your health. But we want to encourage you that if done properly, fasting will not only prove to be a spiritual blessing, but a physical blessing as well.

You may, however, have a physical condition that would make fasting unwise or dangerous. If that is the case, include your doctor in your decision on how to fast. Also, if you are on any type of medication, you may want to talk with your doctor before changing your regime.