Week Two – Day 1
TODAY’S FAST – Daniel Fast (Fruits, vegetable, nuts and water only)
“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” (Daniel 1:8 NIV). The key to Daniel’s success in life is revealed in this verse. “Daniel resolved not to defile himself.” He made a decision before the situation escalated. He knew the Word of God and that to partake of the food offered at the king’s table would defile him in the eyes of God. He knew he had to make a choice. He could either obey God or obey the king. Daniel resolved to obey God no matter the consequences. Because of his resolve, Daniel faced trials and triumphs as we read the book of Daniel. Because he made up his mind before the situations, the emotions, or the fears had time to divert him, he was able to stand strong for his faith.
As we fast this week, it will be difficult. There will be temptations to break the fast. There will be challenges that must be overcome. But if we resolve to stand strong, if we resolve to resist temptation before we start, we will succeed. If we make excuses, if we plan on failure, then we will fail. It is the same with our life in Christ. If we resolve to walk in obedience to God’s Word, if we resolve to listen and respond to God when He speaks to us, we will live godly lives. If we look for shortcuts, if we make excuses, if we do not make up our mind before we are put in situations of temptation, then we are likely to fall.
Daniel resolved not to defile himself before he was brought to the king’s table. He resolved to obey God no matter the cost. What about you?
Pray that God will use this week and the Daniel Fast as an opportunity to make you more aware of His voice.
“Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.” -Daniel 1:12 NIV