Day 18 of the Daniel Fast
Yes – I’m on the Daniel Fast. I haven’t mentioned it until now. I’m not sure why. Fasts seem personal, private. Today I think I have a few things I can share.
Just in case you haven’t heard of this fast – here’s the skinny – –
The Daniel Fast is a powerful spiritual experience to help followers of Jesus Christ develop a more intimate relationship with their Lord, seek answers to prayer, and grow in the love and knowledge of the Savior.
It’s a vegan diet with even more restrictions. For details, read more here.
I made the decision to fast before Christmas. Why? I feel like there are fewer reasons not to fast. I’m desperate for God’s will to be done in so many situations (remember those trials I mentioned in Sunday’s post?) Besides those, my work is taxing. The mission of our company is to change the eternal destiny of people with the power of the printed page (and digital). Many of our books are written to proven the authority and authenticity of the Bible. In today’s culture, that’s not extremely popular. But it’s necessary. But it’s a struggle – a spiritual struggle to defend God’s word while the enemy of our souls wants to remove it from every area of our lives. I need to hear God’s voice, be able to follow Him, instead of my own will. I need His power working through me. So, a fasting I will go.
As of Day 18 of the fast, I can happily report that…
1. I’m feeling so much better physically.
2. Life feels simpler. Maybe because there are fewer decisions to make about food. Maybe because I’ve decluttered the meal menu significantly. I cook once or twice a week. I’ve saved a lot of grocery and eating out money. Friends are on the same fast and we share the food we cook which makes life even simpler.
3. I am praying more confidently using the authority of the name of Jesus.
4. Difficult topics are pushing closer to the top of my heart and mind. Yeah – this is not so fun, but there is GREAT JOY knowing I could move forward in these areas and be more complete – more of the Jennifer God is gently molding me to be.
5. I don’t plan to stop at 21 days.
6. I need God. I try to do things in my own strength WAY too much. One of my struggles is consistency. It’s a hurdle I want to clear. I made it my One Word for 2012. I want to be consistent so I can accomplish for God what He created me to accomplish. But I’m a knucklehead. I keep trying to do it by myself to prove to Him that I can. To get the atta girl from God. Today I’m back on my knees with a cry for help. I need you Jesus. This is one is definitely going to be all You.
Have you denied yourself food or other things in order to hear from God? Did you come out a different person? I would love to hear what you learned during your fast.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.