What is the Daniel Fast?

The Daniel Fast is based on the scripture found in Daniel 10:3, “I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel set apart these 21 days to deny himself of “pleasant food” in order to seek God’s face and His direction.

Fasting is to abstain from food and drink: either entirely, or from choice or special foods. It is done for a specified time for the purpose of seeking God’s direction and will for us and our families.

In Ezra 8:21 it reads, “And there by the Ahava Canal, I gave orders for all to fast and humble ourselves before God. We prayed that he would give us a safe journey and protect us, our children, and our goods as we traveled.” We see that it is through fasting that chains are broken, breakthroughs occur, and His rewards are poured out to His people.

As you begin this journey, prepare your hearts by repenting before the Lord for any offense you may be holding on to. Prepare your minds by listening to worship and reading His word, and prepare your souls by abstaining from any desirable foods.

During this time, determine in your hearts to hear from God. The purpose of the fast is not to concentrate on what to eat or not to eat, rather to spend time with God and have a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him.

“Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord” (Joel 1:14).

Suggested Food List


  •  Fruits

  •  Vegetables

  • Whole Grains

  • Seeds and Nuts

  •  Legumes

  • Oils

  • Water

  •  Seasoning


  •  All processed foods
  •  All refined foods

  •  All sweeteners

  •  All dairy

  •  All caffeinated and carbonated drinks

  •  All meat and animal products

  •  All solid fats

  • All leavened bread

  •  All deep-fried foods

Note: Fruits & Vegetables: anything fresh, canned, jarred, dried or frozen. Whole Grains: oats, rice cakes, brown rice, barley, grits, wheat tortillas, quinoa, corn, plain popcorn. Seeds and Nuts: all seeds and nuts including their butters (such as almond or peanut butter). Legumes: dried, canned or frozen, such as beans and lentils. Oils: coconut or olive oil. Seasonings: to flavor foods such as herbs, vinegar and salt. Water is the only suggested beverage during your fast.

*Adjust your menu for the fast according to your dietary and medical needs.