This is one of the most exciting times of the year. It is this season that will set the tone for the NEW YEAR and the NEW DECADE that is before you. No matter how great or disappointing this past year has been, the fact is YOU ARE STILL STANDING and that means God still has great things before you.
Recently Pastor Isaac preached a sermon titled, “Get it Back,” and for all of us the most important things we need to get back are our connection to God and our passion to do His will. This is a thread through the Bible. So how can we do that? Well the Bible teaches us two powerful practices: PRAYER and FASTING. Starting on January 6th we are inviting you take part in our 21 day Daniel fast. We believe that these 21 days will help you not only draw closer to God, but will help you discover what God is calling you to do in this new year. We believe this will be a time of breakthrough in many areas of your life as you get your life re-centered and refocused.
We encourage you to join our Daniel Fast Facebook group. This page is a place where we can share in our experiences during the fast, including prayer requests, praise reports, and recipes!
Below are some websites with great Daniel Fast recipe ideas:
Below are more Details on what a Daniel Fast is:
The Daniel Fast is based on verses from the Bible found in Daniel 10:2-3. “At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” These three weeks refer to the observance of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which take place during the first month of the year (Exodus 12:1-20).
Some also may cite the example in Daniel 1:8. However, in this verse Daniel did not want to eat the king’s delicacies because it would have included food that was forbidden by the Mosaic Law (Leviticus 11); to eat it would be defiling his body. Another reason would have been because the king’s meats had probably been dedicated to the false Babylonian idols as was their practice. Daniel believed to do so would have been to acknowledge their idols as deities, against God’s commandments.
While the Daniel Fast is cleansing your body by omitting certain foods for a limited time, the deeper and true basis of intent is for spiritual connection. The purpose of Christian fasting is to seek a more intimate relationship with God while ridding your physical body of unnatural, self-gratifying food and drink. Your focus is to be on God, not on the fleshly things of the world. Too often, the focus of fasting is on the lack of food. Instead, the purpose of fasting should be to take your eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God.
During the Daniel Fast you will want to concentrate on prayer, Bible study, and reflection. The Daniel Fast is a great way to enter into preparation for growing in the Lord. We believe this is a special year for your personally, our nation, and our church. Each week we will be sending you some faced prayers that we can all be in agreement with as we fast together.
If you have a medical condition or are undergoing any medical treatments it is advisable to first consult your physician. You have any questions or concerns please email us and we will have someone from our leadership team help you.
The basic guidelines for the Daniel Fast include eating:
fruits, nuts, vegetables, water only to drink (to flush out toxins) Some say natural fruit juices may be included if they contain no preservatives, sugars, etc., but even those juices should be very limited. Coffee and tea are not permitted.
The Daniel Fast should eliminate all meats, pastries, chips, breads, and fried food. Breads contain yeast, baking powder and so on; those are leavening agents and should be avoided.
With these things listed, it is concluded that any food having artificial additives, chemicals, or that is processed should be totally avoided during the fast. Fruits and vegetables are the mainstay of the Daniel Fast and can be acceptably prepared in a variety of ways. Many fasting recipes and several cookbooks are designed for the Daniel Fast.
*If you don’t feel physically you can participate fulling in this fast, please pray about other area’s in your life that you can fast from during this time such as social media, television, or other types of behaviors that may have become an idol in your life above God.
We hope this information will help guide you!