Q. The pastor of my church asked the congregation to enter into a 21-day “Daniel fast” as in Daniel 10:2-3. We were to consecrate ourselves, seek the Lord’s will and then His guidance to fulfill that will. The end result was to be an action plan for the coming year regarding our family, finances, whatever we wished. Knowing our God knows better than I, I left the door open to His direction from the get-go. I asked for nothing in particular … only that he would lead me in paths of righteousness.
A. I think you’ve taken the correct approach to your church’s 21 day Daniel Fast. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us not to lean on our own understanding but to trust in the Lord, acknowledge Him, and He will make our path straight. And Proverbs 16:9 says that we may plot a course in our heart, but the Lord determines our steps. Paul advised us to offer our whole selves as living sacrifices, and not conform to the patterns of this world. (Romans 12:1-2) My personal favorite is Psalm 37:4, Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.