I recently completed a 21-day Daniel Fast. I had been doing some online bible studies with True Identity Ministries and was challenged by founder Juseina Brownlee to join her and others on this fast. I’m telling you, I was so scared. I really didn’t believe I’d be able to make it for 21 days, with no coffee, no sugar, no processed foods, and yes I’ll be honest, no glass (or two) of wine, when feeling stressed out. But I did it! No, I take that back, GOD did it! It was so incredible, the strength God gave me during this time. He gave me desire to actually WANT to find recipes that were filling and delicious and ‘daniel fast’ friendly!
But the thing I want to testify to is the power of this fast! Before I began the fast I was asked to write down my primary motivation for fasting. I knew it was to intercede for people in my life who did not know Jesus. I have loved ones who aren’t saved. I also have a job where a day doesn’t go by that I pass the path of a teenager who is living in darkness. (I work as a drug and alcohol counselor and my primary workload is with incarcerated teens.) My heart has been so heavily burdened for these young people, not to mention my own loved ones. I was also motivated to fast for a specific person, who was struggling with an alcohol addiction and whose marriage was failing.
The day I completed the fast, I was asked by a co-worker to do her three-hour class with a group of 5 teenage girls who were receiving Intensive Outpatient treatment for drug, alcohol and other chemical abuse. My co-worker said she was scheduled to do some ‘packet work’ and I could find the material in her drawer. Guess what the lesson was? Step 3 of AA – “made a decision to turn my life and will over to God as I understood Him.” WOW! For the next three hours I was blessed to share not only my own story with these girls, but to help them process who God is for them. I shared a modern day clip of the prodigal son story from the bible. At the end of the class, one of the girls came up to me and said, “something happened today…. I don’t know what. But would you be able to get me a 12 step book from AA?” To further validate that God had worked in this girls heart, the next day, my co-worker asked me, “what happened with ________?!?!! …. Before today she had always been so angry and rebellious in class. Today she wrote me an letter, apologizing for her behavior. She said she wanted her life to change, and she wanted God to help her.” !!!!!!!! WOW
Then another miracle happened! This week I received a phone call from the person mentioned above, with the alcohol addiction and failing marriage. He said he needed to talk to me, NOW!!! He sounded desperate. When I arrived at his home, he was weeping. He said he felt horrible and he didn’t know what to do. He was overwhelmed with grief and guilt and shame. He said his eyes were ‘opened’ and he saw what he has done to his wife, his family and his life in general. He kept saying how sorry he was. We talked for quite awhile, and when I said, “…you don’t KNOW how many people have been praying for you!”, he answered, “How about if I pray now, and then you and ______(his wife) can pray for me?” I couldn’t believe my ears! I stammered out, “…what????” and then he repeated it! Then he prayed. It was the most beautiful prayer I think I’ve ever heard. He asked God to come into his life. He told God how desperately he wants to find Him and to have a relationship with Him. He told God he was sorry. WOW. wow,wow,wow. This was the very same person who had rejected having a relationship with God for so long!
So yes! I believe in the power of Biblical fasts!
I also learned about myself through this fast. I learned how I was turning to food, (and yes, to that glass or two of wine) for comfort, instead of turning to God. Fasting breaks my enslavement to food. I learned that by fasting I am not deprived, but instead am EMPOWERED! Empowered by the Holy Spirit!
Thank you Abba God, for your great love. BY YOUR MERCY, please continue to bring the lost ones into your fold. Because YOU deserve it God, you DESERVE trillions upon trillions upon trillions of your saved ones, in your presence, praising you for your unfailing love and mercy and kindness! All blessing and honor and glory and power, to You, Oh God! Blessing and Honor and Power and Glory