In an effort to prepare our hearts for what God has for our church in 2021 we will be dedicating the first 21 days of 2021 to prayer and fasting. The Daniel Fast is an opportunity for us to draw closer to God through fervent, focused prayer. It involves a 21-day commitment to a partial fast, which means you restrict commonly enjoyed foods as an act of worship and consecration to the Lord. We invite each of you to join us in this 21 days of focused and intentional prayer and fasting!
We understand that some may not be able to participate fully in The Daniel Fast and that is completely okay! Please consider adapting the fast to fit your dietary needs or fasting from something else such as television, talk radio, social media, sweets, fiction reading, etc… We would like to see 100% of the congregation participate in fasting in some way as we set aside the first 21 days to seek the Lord together as a church.
STEPS TO PREPARE
STEP 1 – Signup for the Daily Devotionals
Text @lbcfast to 81010 or click here to receive the corresponding Daily Devotionals each day.
Note: By clicking here you can also receive them via e-mail if you prefer.
STEP 2 – Commit to fasting.
You can choose to engage in The Daniel Fast or choose to fast from something else (television, social media, sweet treats, talk radio, etc…). We would like to see 100% of the congregation participate in fasting in some way as we set aside the first 21 days to seek the Lord together as a church.
STEP 3 – Prepare for the fast.
Spend time preparing your heart, but also spend time preparing a meal plan and go to the grocery story so that you are ready to begin on January 1.
Where did The Daniel Fast come from?
That’s a great question. The Daniel Fast was first observed by the prophet Daniel in the Bible. Scripture gives us some insight (such as in Dan. 10:3) into what Daniel ate and didn’t eat; however, we don’t know his complete menu. On one occasion, Daniel was greatly concerned for his people and sought the Lord’s wisdom during a time of prayer and fasting.
“At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips (Dan. 10:2-3).
Most commentaries believe “choice food” would have been bread and sweets.