Daniel 9:1-3 (NKJV)
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans—
2 in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood…
3 Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.
As I wrote back on January 1, Sonja and I have been doing this 40-day fast thing for almost twenty years. As you can imagine, I’ve studied a lot of material on fasting during that time.
One frequent motivation you will often hear given for fasting is to get a breakthrough in some area or other. However, one motivation you never hear about is fasting after you get a breakthrough.
But that is exactly what Daniel did. He got a major breakthrough in his understanding of the plan of God and was faced with the staggering question–“What am I going to do about what I have just learned?”
His solution was to fast and from that fast came some of the most important teachings in the Bible about what is referred to as the “Last days.”
Jesus is another example of this idea.
Immediately after his major breakthrough–His baptism and his Father’s blessing and the Holy Spirit’s descending upon him he went straight to the desert and went on a forty day fast!
This principle is counter-intuitive.
The tendency after getting a major breakthrough is to go on a speaking tour, to run a victory lap, to jump right in and go to work on something big.
But you must understand, receiving a major revelation doesn’t mean you are ready to act on that revelation. Most often you need to cool your jets and take time to prepare yourself and orientate yourself for the new place your breakthrough has taken you too.
And one of the best ways to do this is by quieting yourself through a season of fasting.
I am living this principle out myself. Those of you who have followed this blog for awhile know Sonja and I have gone through a major transition in our lives. Matter of fact, our lives, personally and professionally, have been turned upside down. While we both know in our heart that we are exactly where God wants us, the question we’ve struggled with is, “Why?” “What do we do with this breakthrough?”
This season of fasting could not have come at a better time.
So technically, the real “Daniel fast” is not about observing a few dietary regulations but rather turning our face to God and saying, “What do I do now?
- Prayer: Father God, I look to you today. I will be still, I will wait, I will be patient. Knowledge is not wisdom. It is not enough for me to just know something, I must know what You want me to do about it. Please dear God, guide me into the path of righteousness.
Proverbs 2:5 (NKJV)
Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.