This was my first religious fast. I fasted with a church I went to years ago, but at the time I didn’t really understand fasting and I was doing it from a weight loss perspective more than anything else. I hated that fast and in the end I didn’t feel like I got anything out of it.
This time around I prayed about it beforehand. It was something that was just on my heart. I wanted to do it and my intention for the fast was to deepen my relationship with God. I had prayer requests that I prayed throughout the fast as well.
The Daniel Fast plan that I followed was basically a vegan diet, plus no sweeteners (natural or artificial) and only water to drink. Despite it being a really strict diet, I wasn’t really tempted to cheat. It was really hard for me to give up caffeine and I craved coffee and tea the entire time, though.
I have to say, all of the meals I had were really delicious and I will definitely be making them all again. I really enjoyed the food I ate and because I wasn’t eating anything processed or sugary or fake, the flavors came alive. I’ll link to all the meals I made at the bottom of this post.
Spiritually, I definitely felt more connected to God throughout my fast. It sort of felt like I could drown out secular “noise” with greater ease. My focus was sharpened while I was reading my bible and I noticed myself seeking out spiritually uplifting things more often. I’m horrible at sticking to diets as well, but fasting was much easier to maintain than a diet for me. I think that’s because it wasn’t for vanity’s sake or even for physical health. It was for my spiritual health and there was no way I could justify cheating myself out of that.
I did decide to break fast sooner than I had originally planned just because I was struggling to recover from a nasty cold, wasn’t sleeping well and had a really demanding schedule that were all draining me of energy. I decided revisit this fast later in the year when I’ve given my body a chance to heal.
I’m so glad I did this fast! It was a great way to start the new year and I definitely see myself using this again as a way to reset, refocus and deepen my connection with God. I totally recommend it, if you’ve been thinking about fasting. Even something as small as a one or three day fast is beneficial because it requires intentionality and discipline.
I hope the new year brings you joy, peace and purpose.
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