In Part 1 of this Fasting Series on How Do I Fast? we looked at various ways to fast such as giving up a meal a day, a water-only fast or a juice fast. Here we look at two more methods of fasting.
A Daniel fast, as described in Daniel 10:3, requires abstinence for three weeks from delicacies, meat and wine. This type of diet works well in corporate fasting. Joining with others to pray for a city or a church or a school or a nation has powerful results. Extended fasts seem to have long term effects—especially done corporately. My Aglow lighthouse does this in January every year for all who want to join. We are seeing very positive results from doing this over a 5 year period every January. Jantzen Franklin’s church does this every January to launch their church family year together.
40 day fasts are particularly good to breaking old habits or patterns or launching new ones. There is a lot of precedence to 40 day fats in the Bible for starting new ministries, which Jesus did before he started his ministry years. The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years before crossing over the Jordan into the Promised Land. There are 40 weeks to birthing a human baby. For this type of fast, it helps to fast for one meal and from certain foods. Suggestions of things to give up include coffee for 40 days, butter, alcohol, sugar, snack foods or junk foods. Some people take on a new thing like exercise or committed prayer time or reading the Bible consistently. The accompanying prayer is about the process of letting go of something (someone) and/or the process of adapting a new thing into one’s life.
See also Fasting Series Part 3 – How do I Fast? Alternative Fasts – Taking Something On