2018 First Things First Fast
The Daniel Fast is found in Daniel l0:2-3: "In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled." This is a three-week fast; a twenty-one-day fast. This is three sevens. Seven is the number of completion.
A Daniel Fast is a fast of only vegetables, fruit, and water. It includes no bread of any type, no pasta, and no meat. This will be one of the greatest, healthiest, things you will ever do. Your entire system will be healthier. But why do people do the twenty-one -day fast? What result did Daniel get? After the twenty-one day fast, Daniel said this:
“Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. And he said to me, ‘O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you ....Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.’"
Just as God had a vision for Daniel, God has a vision for your life, a dream for you. He has ordered your life from beginning to end -- whom you should marry, what you should do, and where you are supposed to go. He knows your every step -- all of it. God has the vision. But notice that the twenty-one-day fast is what caused understanding of the vision to Daniel. Another word for understanding would be focus or clarity. It brought about the know-how to make the vision happen.
Nothing positions you better for a breakthrough than a Fast. God is the God of the breakthrough. Through a twenty-one-day fast, God will give you understanding of the vision He has given to you.
Day 1: Private Prayer