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Daniel Scriptures & Guidelines 

When we deny our bodies of natural food for spiritual purposes it is important to fill up on the Word of God and prayer.  Use this calendar as a guide for daily Scripture meditation and prayer to maintain discipline while fasting.

Day 1: Tuesday, January 2nd | Daniel 1:11-17

            Ask God for the discipline to complete the fast and to receive the benefits of it.

Day 2: Wednesday, January 3rd | Matthew 6:16-18

            Pray to have the biblical posture and perspective while fasting.

Day 3: Thursday, January 4th | 2 Corinthians 5:17

            Thank you God that we are new creations in Christ Jesus!

Day 4: Friday, January 5th | Ezekiel 36:26/Psalm 51:10

            Ask the Lord for a renewed attitude and heart.

Day 5: Saturday, January 6th | Numbers 6:24-26 

            Pray this blessing for family and friends.

Day 6: Sunday, January 7th | Isaiah 43:18-19

            Petition God for spiritual vision to perceive “a new thing”.

Day 7: Monday, January 8th | Ephesians 1:17-18

            Let’s ask God for wisdom and revelation to know Him and the power available to all believers.

Day 8: Tuesday, January 9th | Romans 15:13

            Say a prayer for fresh joy and peace.

Day 9: Wednesday, January 10th | Philippians 2:5

            May we have the mind and humility of Jesus Christ.

Day 10: Thursday, January 11th | Colossians 3:1-3

            Ask God to set our affections on things above.

Day 11: Friday, January 12th | Romans 12:1-2

            Pray for renewed mind that does not conform to the world.

Day 12: Saturday, January 13th | Philippians 4:6-6

            Talk to God about keeping our emotions and thoughts in peace.

Day 13: Sunday, January 14th | 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

            Pray to demolish emotional and mental strongholds.

Day 14: Monday, January 15th | Ephesians 3:16-19

            Let’s ask God to experience the depth of the love of Christ.


Day 15: Tuesday, January 16th | 1 Corinthians 13

            Let’s ask God to teach us how to love.

Day 16: Wednesday, January 17th | Galatians 6:10/Matthew 25:35-40

            Seek God about being a blessing to others.

Day 17: Thursday, January 18th | Ephesians 4:25-32

            Talk to God about changing unhealthy relationship dynamics.

Day 18: Friday, January 19th | Matthew 25:25-40

            Pray about how to care for those in need.

Day 19: Saturday, January 20th | Colossians 3:13

            Say a prayer about forgiving others and yourself.

Day 20: Sunday, January 21st | Romans 12:9-21

            Talk to God about putting love into action to live in peace with everyone.

Day 21: Monday, January 22nd | Philippians 1:3

            Thank God for people that blessed you.  



Whole Grains

Amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, freekeh, millet, oats, purple rice, quinoa, rye, sorghum, spelt, teff, whole grain pasta, whole wheat, and wild rice.

Beans and legumes

Black beans, black-eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts pinto beans, and split peas.

Nuts and Seeds

Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, nut butters, peanuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, pistachios, poppy seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, soy nuts, sunflower seeds.


All vegetables are allowed (fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, and canned).


All fruit is allowed (fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, and canned).  However, any dried fruits shouldn't contain added sugar (check ingredients to be sure).


Oils (such as coconut, olive, and sesame, for example) are allowed but should be used minimally.  Avoid deep-frying them.


Unleavened bread (whole grain made without the yeast, sugars, or preservatives).  All herbs, spices, and seasonings are allowed, including salt and pepper.


Water should be the main beverage on your Daniel Fast.  Distilled, filtered, sparkling, spring, and mineral water are allowed as well.  However, you may have 100% fruit juice on occasion (just don't overdo it).


Animal products

Meat (bacon, beef, bison, chicken, lamb, pork, and turkey), dairy, (butter, cheese, cream, milk, and yogart), fish/seafood, eggs.

Added Sugar

Agave nectar, artificial sweeter, brown rice syrup, brown sugar, cane juice, corn syrup, honey, malt syrup, molasses, and raw sugar.


Yeast (and, therefore, leavened bread) isn't part of the Daniel Fast.  For an explanation of why it's excluded, see #1 under "Food" on my FAQs page.)

Refined grains

White flour and white rice.  Only whole grains are allowed on the Daniel Fast.  A whole-grain product contains the entire grain kernel - the bran, germ, and endosperm.

Processed food

Foods that contain artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, and preservatives.

Deep-fried food

Examples are corn chips, French fries, and potato chips.  (Baked chips are acceptable if they don't contain restricted ingredients.  Check the label for "baked" to be sure.)

Solid fats

Butter, lard, margarine, and shortening.


Milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, and cacao.

Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages

Alcohol, coffee, caffeinated tea, and energy drinks.

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