Starting the Daniel Fast (1-2-2011)

The start if a new year, setting goals, and starting the Daniel Fast.

I am very excited about starting the Daniel Fast. I know I’ve done this before. The last time i did this I didn’t really fast. It was just a diet. I have to say, during that time of dieting, I felt great. More energy, better blood pressure, lost weight. All good things. But this time, I am treating this as a true fast, focusing on the spiritual part of the fast. Yes, i am excited about the physical benefits, but more so about the spiritual. I know our Heavenly Father has plans for the youth ministry, but I also know it has been a bit stagnant, and that is a direct result of my lack of focus. Lack of focus on what God wants for this youth group as a whole and what He wants fo each youth who attends.

I told Mindy last night that this fast was about our church’s growth and clarified with “the right knd of growth.” For me specifically, at means focusing on the youth. But before i can focus on them and expect spiritual insight for the individuals and the group as a whole, that means a more focused, deliberate relationship with my Savior. Specifically, that will mean giving up some sleep in the morning, and what I tend to think of as “personal time”during the day. The “fast” part of the next 21 days will help me focus more on that relationship. I have grown complacent and (even worse) content with my relationship with Jesus — a sure sign that I am not where i need to be.

Jesus, be the focus of this life that you have given me. Grant me the wisdom and strength to give up those things which hold me back from a deeper relationship with you. Like Israel, so many times, turned from Your righteousness and statutes, I have turned from You and allowed other things to capture my attention, become idols in my life. Lord, help me turn from those things and run to You without looking back! In Jesus name.

About Todd Bowman

I am a child of God, a husband to Mindy, a father of seven beautiful children of God, a student of the grace of God in Christ, a worshiper, a teacher, a musician and singer, a writer, a nerd, a geek, and a general advocate of mercy and service.
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