Daniel fasted from desirable foods

By 536 BC, the exiles had returned to Israel. God revealed to Daniel that a great war was coming. Daniel fasted three weeks, waiting on God in prayer.



Here is the key Bible verse:

Daniel 10:2-3. In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three whole weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came meat nor wine into my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, until three whole weeks were fulfilled.

three whole weeks. Daniel had a period of dietary restraint for three weeks. This was not a fast, per se. Rather, it was a period of abstaining from desirable foods.

I ate no pleasant bread. As a member of the cabinet of the most powerful ruler on earth, Daniel was entitled to eat the very best of foods. However, for this specific period of time, he abstained from those choice foods.

neither came meat .. into my mouth. Most people seem to need to eat at least some animal products in order to maintain health. For this three-week period, though, Daniel abstained from meat. For most meat-eaters, this would be a very great sacrifice. They would probably feel awful.

neither came … wine into my mouth. Daniel also abstained from alcohol for this three-week period.

neither did I anoint myself at all. Daniel used used no lotions at all. He abstained from skin creams and the like.

How about you? Have you tried fasting from choice foods



Fasting is only for those who are medically capable. Check with your health care provider. Experts say you need to be under the supervision of a doctor during the time of a fast.


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