Daniel 6:18 The Sort of Fasting

Daniel 6:18 (KJV)
Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.

It is important I think to remember that Darius was not a godly man. He was however a friend of Daniel and likely his practice of fasting would have been learned from Daniel. It is therefore instructive concerning the practice of fasting. 

First, this fast was not even a full day
I can imagine a whole night spent without food. Fasting isn’t as much about not eating (though that would certainly be an element) as it is about spirit and purpose.

Second there was no music
The king didn’t make time go by quickly through entertainment. The same drive that prevented eating prevented such entertainment. 

Thirdly there was no sleep
The burden of his soul was so powerful it kept him from eating, entertainment, and sleep 

My understanding of this fast then is that the primary element is not what was skipped but what it contained, a burden. There was fervency and heartfelt concern. 

That sort of fasting (and prayer) is effectual. 

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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