Types of Fasts

Romans 16:20

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

 The type of Fast you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.

Types of Fasts

Full Fast – Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).

The Daniel Fast – Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables. (To learn more see notes at end.)

3-Day Fast – This fast can be a full fast, Daniel fast, or give up at least one item of food.

Partial Fast – A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. This fast can be a full fast, Daniel fast, or give up at least one item of food.

Scripture References for Fasting:

Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14.

Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word:

1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3, 20, Joel 2:12, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30, Acts 13:2

Corporate Fasting:

1 Samuel 7:5-6, Ezra 8:21-23, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Joel 2:15-16, Jonah 3:5-10, Acts 27:33-37

Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing (Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 14:12, 1 Corinthians 8:8).

May God greatly bless you as you fast!

Daniel Fast

Step 1: Be Specific Daniel was not vague in his objection to the Babylonian diet. He defined the problem immediately.

  1. The king’s food was against dietary laws.
  2. Daniel and his friends had vowed against wine.
  3. The king’s food had been offered up to idols/demons.

Step 2: Fast as a Spiritual Commitment

The Daniel Fast involves a spiritual commitment to God. “Daniel proposed in his heart that he would not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8).

Step 3: Reflect Inner Desire by Outer Discipline

Many people have an inner desire for better health, but they can’t discipline themselves to avoid junk food, and other foods that are not good for their health. The physical health you seek from God may be more than an answer to prayer. Your physical health can be linked to any of the following factors:

  1. Your food choices.
  2. The level of your spiritual commitment as reflected in constant prayer during the fast.
  3. Your time commitment. If you determine to fast for a certain time, keep it. For example, if you determine to fast 10 days, don’t stop on Day 9.
  4. Your testimony commitment. Your fast is a statement of faith to God that you want Him to heal your body, and faith is foundational to the Daniel Fast.

Step 4: Pray to Perceive Sin’s Role in Poor Health Notice James 5:13-16:

  • Sin is often related to the cause of sickness.
  • Lack of health/healing may be the result of spiritual rebellion.
  • Lack of health/healing may be due to sin of wrong intake, i.e. drugs, pornography.
  • Repentance is linked to health according to James.
  • Elders have a role in healing both spiritual and physical health.
  • Sick people must desire to be well
  • The anointing oil could mean
  1. Medicine for healing,
  2. Symbolic of the Holy Spirit
  • Prayer alone may not gain healing, faith is the major factor.
  • In Greek there are several words for “sick”. James uses “Kanino”, which not only includes disease, but also means weak or weary.
  • Attitude is important. James said, “are there any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.”

Step 5: Fast as a Statement of Faith to Others

Daniel was making a statement of faith when he asked for only vegetables to eat and water to drink, then dared the overseer to compare the appearance of the four sons of Israel with the young men who ate the king’s food.

Step 6: Learn the Effects of the Food You Eat

Why are some foods good for us, and other foods not? What does certain food do to your body? If we really knew, there would likely be some things we would never eat again.

Step 7: Yield All Results to God

Daniel said, “as you see fit, deal with your servants” (Dan. 1:13).

Food Guidelines for a Daniel Fast

Foods You May Eat:

  • Whole Grains:
    brown rice, oats, barley
  • Legumes:
    dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas
  • Fruits:
    apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, oats, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon
  • Vegetables:
    artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, gingerroot, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you not allergic to soy.
  • Liquids:
    spring water, distilled water, 100% all-natural fruit juices, 100% all natural vegetable juices. You may also drink protein drinks.
  • Others:
    seeds, nuts, sprouts

Foods to Avoid:

  • Meat
  • White rice
  • Fried foods
  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Foods containing preservatives or additives
  • Refined sugar
  • Sugar substitutes
  • White flour and all products containing white flour
  • Margarine, shortening, high fat products


  • The Daniel Fast will lead to spiritual insight. “to those four young men God gave knowledge”.
  • The Daniel Fast is longer than one day. These young men fasted for ten days.
  • The Daniel Fast is a partial fast. They ate, but only vegetables and water.
  • The Daniel Fast requires abstinence from party or junk foods.
  • There is no indication that they ever began to eat the king’s food.

partial source: http://www.jentezenfranklin.org/fasting/


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