Many years ago during my time of attending Faithful Central in Los Angeles California, we were challenged as a congregation by Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer to fast and not just any fast but a corporate Daniel Fast. I remembered thinking “oh God why please no,” I was at the time afraid of fasting because I had no clue what it required of me and I love food so much I was afraid of failing.
I loved Bishop Ulmer and still do so along with God and myself I didn’t want to disappoint him as well. But to my surprise it wasn’t the fasting I thought it to be. Most often times prior to this particular Sunday when Ulmer challenged us I only knew of fasting as not eating and drinking of anything even water. The Daniel Fast involved food and water! I was then shamefully excited and curious I was in!
The scriptures we were to focus on were from the book of Daniel in the Holy Bible, Daniel 10:1-3 the scripture reads:
While excited I had no clear understanding of what we were to do concerning food and drink, the scripture was broken down for us to its most simplistic which I needed. We were to have no meat, no sweets and no alcohol for 21 days. That didn’t seem challenging at all, well lets just say fried chicken became my worst nightmare.
In the years to come I would continue the tradition of Daniel Fast and researching for myself why this was such an important start to the year, and each year I would influence at least one person to do it along with me. Lets get into the why and benefits of the Daniel Fast.
The reason we as a church were committed to the corporate Daniel Fasting was because we were dedicating the start of the new year unto God. We were showing our faith through offering our bodies as a living sacrifice in the sense of depriving ourselves of meat, alcohol and sweets. Instead of spending our days filled with indulging in our favorite foods, drinks like coffee or a desert we were to indulge in prayer and meditation. Seeking God’s face seeking to be in his presence so that we could then hear his word and confide in him what our goals were and are for the new year.
The benefits I receive for these past 15+ years of beginning each and every year with the exception of 2013 (the year my father passed), are too many to number and mention it has actually become a way of life for me and each year I am challenged by various things that aren’t always food. A few benefits are the obvious weight loss, control over my eating habits, living coffee free at least for a few months, focus on the year ahead, prayer consistency and much much more.
This year coming 2019 I challenge you to join me, I will warn you that I may do 40 days not just 21 I’m still on the fence about it. But each day I will post and give tips and what I’m eating so you can get an idea of how non depriving this experience is food wise. I look forward to showing you through my post and I will be honored if you’d join me. If you are please email me I would love to her from you!