The New Year Fast
Beginning at sundown on Sunday, January 5th*
- There is no hard rule for when to begin the New Year Fast. Most often, the fast begins at sunset on the first Sunday of the New Year. However, if you or your community choose another day, then that is 100 percent ok. Allow the Lord to lead you on when you can be most successful for your fast.
Now is the perfect time for you to begin preparing your spirit, soul, and body for the upcoming New Year Fast. You’ll join hundreds of thousands of followers of Jesus Christ as you dedicate the coming year to your Lord. Plus, you’ll enter into one of the most influential spiritual experiences as you commit yourself to the 21 days of extended prayer and fasting.
The Daniel Fast
Most people will use the Daniel Fast as their method of fasting for the New Year Fast. This partial fast allowed more people to start the New Year with fasting as they can continue to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities at the workplace and home.
Today – Plan to begin the New Year with extended prayer and fasting.
December 29 – Decide on the purpose of your fast. Do you have financial needs? Health concerns for you or someone you love? Perhaps a relationship needs healing. Or you want to learn more about prayer, your faith, and how to trust God more.
December 30 – Begin to prepare your body for your fast. Start now to wean your body off caffeine, sugar, and processed foods. The most critical issue is caffeine. To avoid headaches, extreme fatigue, leg cramps, and other withdrawal symptoms, but sure to begin cutting back now.
December 31 – Gather the supplies you will need for prayer, study, and meditation. Do you have a study book or a course that you’d like to use for your fast? How about a journal or worship music. Think about how to make your fasting time rich in growth. Also, consider our Daniel Fast – Only Believe Course.
January 1 – Plan and prepare a “secret place” where you will meet each day with your Father. Gather your Bible, journal, study books, and other supplies. Then select a place where you will “meet with the Lord” each day. It may be a kitchen table, a comfy chair, or a spot on your sofa. Plan when in the day you will meet and make plans to be consistent.
January 2 – Clear your calendar. Consider your schedule over the coming weeks and clear your calendar of as many activities as possible. Treat your fast as a personal spiritual retreat. Free up time. Reduce stress. Rest in the Lord.
January 3 – Drink plenty of water, reduce sweets and processed foods. Clear your body of the chemicals commonly consumed in the typical way of eating. Increase the amount of water you drink as you reduce your daily consumption of coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
January 4 – Plan and prepare meals that you can serve when you begin your fast. Plan easy meals, including soups and salads, casseroles, baked sweet potatoes, simple breakfasts. Use the recipes we provide. The key is to deny the flesh rather than trying to figure out ways to feed it (see Daniel Fast Mistakes You Want to Avoid).
January 5 – Final preparations and then enter into your Daniel Fast at sundown. I hope you are excited and feel confident that you are well prepared for a powerful and life-changing spiritual experience with your Lord. Begin your fast at sundown. Step into the experience. Allow your Father to lead you and develop your relationship with Him.
Jesus says, “I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Unlike how we operate in the world where we “believe it when we see it,” Jesus calls us to enter into a partnership, level of trust, and position of faith with Him to believe that He will fulfill the requests we have for our needs and desires.
Sadly, most Christians are told “to believe,” however rarely are we taught “how to believe.”
That’s the focus of our Daniel Fast course for 2020. A series of online teachings that you can access from your computer, tablet, phone or other digital devices, will lead you on a path where you will learn how to ask the Lord for your desires and needs. Then how to enter into a place of trust and assurance, so you do “only believe.” And then how to receive from the Lord as He fulfills your requests.
Check out the course using this link: Daniel Fast – Only Believe
Enter into a life-changing experience with your Father. Allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you as you learn how to increase your faith, deepen your trust in God, and discover how to “only believe.”
Your Next Steps
- Decide that you will not indulge the flesh during your Daniel Fast. Instead, begin thinking about your spiritual life and what you want for your faith.
- Consider your upcoming fast. Start thinking about when you will begin. Examine your heart and what the purpose of our fast will be. Think about how you can lighten your load during your fast so you can receive more from the loving Father.
- Start to collect recipes and meal plans for simple, nutritious, and easy meals, so you don’t spend so much time preparing meals, but instead focus on God.
What do you do to keep your meals simple so you can avoid stress, focus on God, and grow in your faith? Please, share your thoughts below.
We always value your thoughts and insights. Please leave your comments below and be blessed on your fast.