The Daniel Fast comes from the book of Daniel. We have two places in the book of Daniel, chapter 1 and 10 that give us the guidelines for this spiritual discipline. One is a 10 day fast, the other is 21 but both are limited to drinking only water, and eating pulse. What’s pulse? Pulse is an old term that references herbs, vegetables, fruits, and other foods that are or have grown from seed (ie, nuts, legumes, beans).
Yesterday I focused on the benefits that the Daniel Fast has on our body and the significant role that our bodies play in our lives and faith. There have been times when the church has become dualistic in its understanding of the body. Often following the Greek philosophers, particularly Plato, that view that all that the physical world or our bodies are simply shells that house the divine and can easily be corrupted. While the latter part may be true, our bodies are not simply shells that can and will be easily discarded.
Scripture speaks often about how our bodies are integrated parts of our being and that the union between heart, mind, body, and soul are integral in the way we worship God and relate to each other. Here are four of the texts we highlighted yesterday that give voice to that truth: 1 Corinthians 6.19, 1 Thessalonians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 6.5, and Romans 12.1-2. Our bodies matter in the way we worship, follow, think, meditate, and obey God. Our bodies and the care of them are an integral part of the stewardship of the gifts that God blesses us with.
Thus the Daniel Fast reveals in Daniel 1 that after 10 days, Daniel and the other Israelite advisers appeared healthier and more capable than their counterparts. The Daniel Fast provides benefits that are beneficial for our souls, spirits, minds, AND our bodies. The physical benefits of the Daniel Fast specifically are many. Here’s a list of some of the benefits.