The JRC Daniel Fast

Posted on 07/27/16 by John Lindell in Prayer Meeting

In this message, Pastor John Lindell discusses the James River Church Daniel Fast and its significance in the life of the church. Join us as we study Daniel 10 and learn more about the amazing things God is doing in the church and how we can persevere and thrive during the fast. Our prayer is that this message encourages you to pursue the Lord in a greater way and look forward to how God is going to move in result.

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The JRC Daniel Fast


3 Types of fasts:

  1. Absolute: no food or water
  2. Normal: abstaining from food
  3. Partial: Daniel’s fast, abstain from meat, sweets, bread; or you only eat bread

Hebrews 12:16
16Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite.

1. Fasting Helps Secure Favor in Situations

Nehemiah 1:4
4As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

Nehemiah 1:11
11O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Now I was cupbearer to the king.

2. Fasting Can Bring Healing

Isaiah 58:8a
8 Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily

3. Fasting Prepares Us for New Seasons of Ministry

4. Fasting Gives Us Greater Awareness of God’s Presence

5. Fasting Helps Us Discern God’s Will and Break Satan’s Grip

Daniel 10:1-4a
1In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a revelation was given to Daniel (who was called Belteshazzar). Its message was true and it concerned a great war. The understanding of the message came to him in a vision. 2At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. 3I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over. 4On the twenty-fourth day of the first month…

Daniel 10:4
4On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris,

Daniel 10:5-9
5I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude. 7I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; those who were with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. 8So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. 9Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground.

Daniel 10:10-11a
10A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed…

Daniel 10:13-14
13But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”