My spiritual commitment for the New Year.

I just had my last piece of meat for awhile. Along with many members of my church, Evangel Temple, I will be participating in a “Daniel Fast”, which consists of a vegetable and water only diet, as Daniel did.

Daniel and his three friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah had been “deported” to Babylon when Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians had conquered Judah (2 Kings 24:13-14). Daniel and his three friends were put into the Babylonian court servant “training program”. Part of the program was learning Babylonian customs, beliefs, laws, and practises. The eating habits of the Babylonians were not in complete agreement with the Mosaic law. As a result, Daniel asked if he and his three friends to be excused from eating the meat (which was likely sacrificed to Babylonian false gods and idols).

Daniel 1:8-14, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favour and sympathy to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.” Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.”

So, a Daniel fast is eating only fruits and vegetables for a certain amount of time, abstaining from meat products. The Bible nowhere commands believers to observe a Daniel fast. It is a matter of Christian freedom.

Please keep us in your prayers as we begin this spiritual commitment!

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