Monday, June 10, 2013

Why You Need to Do the Daniel Fast ~ A Guest Post by Kristen Feola

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Why You Need to Do the Daniel Fast 

Kristen Feola 

When I participated in my first Daniel Fast in 2009, I had no idea how it would impact my life.  Now, nearly four years later, I’m in awe of how God has blessed that one step of obedience.  I never dreamed I’d develop a website about the fast, write a best-selling book, and have a ministry that reaches people all around the world.  God has certainly done more than I could have ever asked for or even imagined! I share this testimony to encourage you because God has great things in store for your life as well.

Fasting, when accompanied by fervent prayer, will help you develop intimacy with the Lord like nothing else can.  You’ll experience a greater sense of his presence in your life, along with the joy and blessings that come from obeying His Word.  However, even though fasting is a wonderful opportunity to draw near to God, many Christians are afraid of it.  The idea of going without food for a few days intimidates them.  If that is you, I have good news!  There is a type of fast which does allow you to eat – the Daniel Fast.

The Daniel Fast is a 21-day partial fast based upon the Prophet Daniel’s experiences in the Bible (see Daniel 10 or visit my website for more information).  The purpose of the fast is to restrict commonly enjoyed foods as an act of worship and consecration to God.  Foods that are allowed on the Daniel Fast are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and oils.  Restricted foods include dairy, meat, caffeine (ouch!), sugar (double ouch!), all forms of sweeteners, yeast, refined and processed foods, deep-fried foods, and solid fats.  One reason the Daniel Fast has been gaining popularity is because people who would never commit to a water or liquid fast are willing to give fasting a try.  Plus, individuals with low blood sugar issues or diabetes are able to participate.

Important Tips for Your Daniel Fast
  • Find a friend who will fast with you and be your accountability partner.
  • Challenge your small group to do the Daniel Fast together.
  • Read your Bible and pray first thing in the morning, before your day begins.
  • Bring Daniel Fast friendly snacks with you when you’re out and about.  That way you’re prepared when faced with a temptation to eat something that is restricted.
  • Record prayer requests and answers in a journal.
  • Use The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast to help you on your journey.

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More about Kristen:

Kristen Feola is the author of the best-selling book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast, an encouraging resource for individuals and groups who are participating in the Daniel Fast. She has worked as a personal trainer, nutritional consultant, First Place 4 Health leader, and fitness instructor. Kristen and her family attend James River Assembly in Ozark, Missouri. 

Connect with Kristen!

 If you have a deep hunger to grow closer to the Lord and see Him work in mighty ways, do the Daniel Fast.  You will not be disappointed.  When you do, be sure to email me and share your testimony!

Twitter: @KristenFeola
Facebook: Kristen Feola

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