But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
Daniel found himself in a strange new land with a culture and customs that were foreign to a Jewish boy. They were being thrust upon him in preparation to becoming King Nebuchadnezzar's servant. This brought concern over the possibility that he might sin against the Lord in the midst of a decadent lifestyle.It's hard to live by God's standards in a foreign land, so he made a request to the king's official that he might maintain his holy lifestyle while he lived in exile in Babylon.
This is the essence of my 21 days this year, not necessarily fast-worthy foods. I have focused on the food in other years, and there is merit in that as well. But I called this year's fast a pseudo-Daniel Fast for me (Day One) because this time, for me, it's not about the food.It's about denying myself the metaphorical decadence from the world's royal table, and regaining my holy lifestyle as a citizen of Heaven while I live on Earth.