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Welcome to your fasting guide! Below we share the biblical principles

of fasting, along with Daniel fast-friendly restaurants & recipes,
testimonials from church members, and more!

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting lasts January 7-27

'Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink, then compare

our appearance... at the end of the days they looked healthier and better

nourished than any of the others' - Dan. 1:12-15

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What is fasting?

Fasting is abstaining from something like food, drink or entertainment for a period of time to create some type of benefit in body, mind or spirit.

There are many types of fasts which include:

- Standard Fast (water only)

- Absolute Fast (no water or food)

- Partial Fast (restricted to certain food and drink categories)

- Intermittent Fast (only eat during small daily window)

Why should I fast?

We see from the biblical examples that fasting should be used as a means to humble ourselves before God and seek His forgiveness, comfort, help, guidance, strength and His will. Fasting allows us to draw closer to God!

What is the Daniel fast?

The Daniel Fast is a biblically based partial fast referenced in the Bible:

Daniel 1:12 - Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.

Daniel 10: 1-2 - In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

Daniel fasted for 21 days (3 weeks) from sugar, meat, dairy, and all drinks other than water.

What should I eat?

YES: fruits, vegetables, beans & legumes, nuts & seeds, whole grains. Beverages: water, almond milk, coconut water, vegetable juices.

NO: meat, eggs or other animal products, alcohol, coffee, energy drinks, soda, cheese, milk, yogurt or other diary products, fried foods, butter or other solid fats, preservatives, food additives, artificial flavorings or other ingredient not in its natural state, stevia, syrup, honey or other sugars.

fast-friendly restaurants

  • Tazikis

    Grilled Veggie Gyro, Mezedes Platter, Grilled Veggie Plate, Dolmades Plate, Greek Salad, Mediterranean Salad, Tazikis Caesar Salad without cheese.

  • CHipotle

    The Burritos, Bowls, Tacos & Salads can be ordered with sofritas instead of meat.

  • Red Robin

    Hold the bread on these veggie burgers! Red Robin will wrap any burger in lettuce. Some other fast-food restaurants will too.

  • Ruby Tuesdays

    The 'Create Your Own Garden Bar' has lots of potential! There is spring mix, fresh greens and lots of toppings such as tomatoes, edamame, olives, green peas and sunflower seeds. You can also make a Veggie Trio Combo where you choose three side dishes. Fresh sides can include grilled asparagus, baked potato, grilled zucchini, steamed broccoli, fresh green beans, and roasted spaghetti squash.


    Classic or Blueberry Oatmeal with optional dried fruit and nut medley. Also, the Hearty Veggie & Brown Rice Salad Bowl!


    Cantina Power Veggie Bowl, Cantina Power Veggie Burrito, Bean Burrito, Black Bean Burrito, Black Beans & Rice without cheese or sour cream


    Double up on free salad in lieu of the soup. Avocado roll, Carrot roll, Cucumber roll, Veggie Don, Vegetable Teriyaki


    All these with white rice: Fried Tofu Mixed Vegetables, Steamed Tofu Mixed Vegetables, Sautéed Broccoli, Broccoli with Garlic Sauce, Bean Curd Szechuan Style, Spring Rolls.

fast-friendly recipes


Fasting is something that was brand new to me when we first hear about the Daniel Fast at Saint James. Growing up, church had to be out by noon or else people started getting restless they were going to be at the end of the line at the S&S cafeteria and they may run out of fried chicken. As you can imagine, there was definitely no talk about fasting, you just didn't mess with a man's food. 


The very first time someone asked me about fasting I believe my exact words were "We don't do that." Yep, I was not really willing to push the boundaries of where I would let God in. I mean we were already giving money to the church and now He wants my food too? 


Since then, I have learn much more about fasting. Fasting is a spiritual discipline just like praying, studying the Word and tithing. All of those things are like spiritual "work-out plans" to whip our relationship with Jesus into shape. Things we decide to do when we truly desire a deeper relationship with Jesus. You don't just wake up one day and decide to do a triathlon that weekend. It takes months of training and practice for your body to be ready to compete. Fasting is one of the tools we have that helps us train and practice hearing from God. 


The first fast I seriously devoted myself to, Ann Pemberton gave me the advice to ask God for a word to be fasting for. I did pray for a word and prayed extra that I would actually be able to receive the word God wanted me to hear--that it wouldn't get lost on the way. 


It came quietly as we were traveling for Christmas. I was mulling over and talking to my husband about all the things I wanted for the next year. "Clarity" rang out in my head as we were cruising down the interstate. It was the perfect word for the several big things I was preparing for that year. One of which was deciding what school our daughter would be going to for Kindergarten. So I devoted myself to fasting and praying for clarity on several issues.  


It just so happened that all the schools open houses were in the three weeks of our fast. As we attended the first open house the headmaster used the word 'clarity'. I looked at my husband in shock. As the Lower School principal spoke she used the phrase "clear eyes." At that point my eyes started misting up and my heart started pounding. Lastly, when we were in the kindergarten classroom, the teacher talked about having clarity when we make our decision. Well, I could have about fallen out of that tiny school chair right there! It was apparent to me that God was using the word He gave me to show me where we should send our daughter. 


Being intentional in fasting has helped me to hear from God in new and deeper ways. It was more about me drawing closer to Jesus than it was about the food or about not eating something. Consider fasting as a way for you to begin your new year by deepening your connection and relationship with Christ. 

~ Stephanie Donovan ~


I can remember the first year I decided to do an extended Daniel Fast. I wanted to do it but was not sure I could. I was training for a sporting event and knew my body needed extra calories to get me through the training and then also to complete the event. After seeking wise counsel and reading through the book of Daniel, I knew God would sustain me. 


God's Word says that Daniel asked that the official in charge would test Daniel and his buddies for ten days: "Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the other young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see. At the end of ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food."


This year my child has been praying about participating in the Daniel Fast. With sports and a school lunch room, plus the added stress of peers watching, the enemy was playing with my child's mind as he did years ago with me. I was able to share with my child that God will provide. I shared that the year I was training and competing ended up being my personal best time, and I helped bring a struggling athlete across the finish line. 


One scripture I regularly cling to is found in Daniel 1:8. It says, "but Daniel resolved not to defile himself...". Daniel honored God. He made up his mind about who God is and what His word says, and he resolved to do it. 


When we give something to God, He gives back. He always gives back with "good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over". He always gives back!


To honor God is really receiving His honor. 

~ Saint James Member ~