Fasting sounds so simple, and yet the world, our flesh, and the devil conspire to introduce all sorts of complications that keep it from happening. In view of helping you start down the path to fasting, here are six simple steps.
STEP 1: BE SPECIFIC
Daniel was not vague in his objection to the Babylonian diet. He defined the problem immediately. The king’s food was against dietary laws. Daniel and his friends had vowed against wine. The king’s food had been offered up to idols/demons.
STEP 2: FAST AS A SPIRITUAL COMMITMENT
The Daniel Fast is a spiritual commitment to God first. “Daniel proposed in his heart that he would not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8).
STEP 3: REFLECT INNER DESIRE BY OUTER DISCIPLINE
Many people have an inner desire for better health, but they can’t discipline themselves to avoid junk food and other foods that are not good for their health. The physical health you seek from God may be more than an answer to prayer. Your physical health can be linked to any of the following factors:
- Your food choices.
- The level of your spiritual commitment during the fast.
- Your time commitment
- Your testimony commitment. Your fast is a statement of faith in God that you want Him to heal your body, and faith is foundational to the Daniel Fast.
STEP 4: PRAY TO PERCEIVE SIN’S ROLE IN POOR HEALTH
Notice James 5:13-16:
- Sin is sometimes the cause of sickness.
- Lack of health/healing may be the result of disobedience to God.
- When people battle sickness and disease, they must desire to be well.
- Faith plays a major role in receiving our healing.
- Attitude is important too. James said, “Are there any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.”
STEP 5: LEARN THE EFFECTS OF THE FOOD YOU EAT
Why are some foods good for us, and other foods are not? What effects do certain food have on your body? If we really knew, there would likely be some things we would never eat again.
STEP 6: YIELD ALL RESULTS TO GOD
Daniel said, “as you see fit, deal with your servants” (Daniel 1:13).