Ten Times Greater
Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank. Daniel 1:8 KJV
Daniel makes a request (Ch. 1) to his overseer that he and his three friends would not defile himself with the king’s food, and specifically mentions meat and wine. His request is: “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink” (v12). And at the end of ten days, Daniel and the three men “looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king” (v15).
This is the scriptural basis for what many call “the Daniel fast,” in which a person limits their food choices to whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds. From a health standpoint, this diet also excludes processed foods, additives, preservatives, flavorings, sweeteners, caffeine, alcohol, oils, and products made with white flours.
This visible change and outcome was most likely a mix of two things: (1) God’s favor was on their lives in a spiritual sense to show all of the world that they were being honored for their faith, and (2) there is a better way to eat and our physiology responds well to a healthy way of clean eating.
But we also see some huge spiritual implications to this way of life as well. When we live a “fasting lifestyle,” we see and hear from God in a greater way!! Verse 17 says, “As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.”
Their practical learning was enhanced when their brains were cleared of any and all “junk,” but their spiritual senses were also heightened and Daniel gained revelation and insight from God IN ALL visions and dreams. What a powerful outcome from fasting!
In addition to the prophetic insight that they gained, God also poured out His favor on their lives during this fast. “The king spoke with (the four), and among all of (his men) none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king” (v19).
God caused these four men to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the culture and they stood in the highest place of honor. Receive this: Favor and Honor are also coming upon your life as you fast and pray in this season!
And as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah stepped into their season of great opportunity, God blessed them and multiplied their effectiveness in every part of their lives. “In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom” (v20).
In every matter, they were ten times better than their peers. Every matter. Let that sink in. In this season of prayer and fasting, God wants to pour His multiplication power into your relationships, your finances, your physical health, your emotions, your leadership, your work life, your schooling, your children, your marriage, your church, your ministry, your home environment, and so on. Get ready for God to do this in your life. Let your faith arise, in Jesus Name!
PRAY THIS OUT LOUD
Father, I receive fresh revelation and insight from You. Pour out Your favor, honor, and ten-times multiplication power in my life!
What verse or phrase from today’s Scripture reading was the most meaningful to me? What key truths or observations stand out to me in today’s story of fasting? How does the Holy Spirit want to apply this to my life today?
This is reproduced from Griffin, Chris. Fasting For Breakthrough: A 21-Day Biblical Roadmap for Fasting and Prayer (p. 105). BookBaby. Kindle Edition.