The Daniel Fast
The fast will commence the morning of January 3, 2016 and be completed on
January 23, 2016 at 6 p.m.
The "Daniel Fast" is not a full fast, which consists of only drinking water. Daniel chapter 10, verses 1-3 reads:
"In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel ... The message was true, but the appointed time was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision. In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled." [New King James Version]
Based on these scriptures we will consecrate ourselves before the Lord for 3 weeks of the year 2016 --- January 3-23. This will be a season for refreshing in the awareness of the power of prayer and its wide reaching scope of effect in the overall plan of God.
During this time we will refrain from meats, sweets, coffee, tea, sodas or other soft drinks. It is a time when those who are married agree to refrain from their intimate marital relationships. Remain sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit, He may lead you to lay aside something that we have not listed.
Modified Daniel Fast:
Week 1: Abstain from eating sweets
Week 2: Abstain from eating sweets, breads and other starches
Week 3: Abstain from eating sweets, breads and other starches, and meats
Suggested Daily Prayer Times:
Early morning - between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., depending upon your work schedule, take at least 30 minutes daily to seek the face of God.
During your lunch hour - between the hours of 11:30 a.m and 2:00 p.m., take at least 30 minutes to approach the throne of grace for intercession.
Evenings - between 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., take at least 30 minutes in prayer.
During this entire season of prayer, we will be seeking the face of God for His mercy and favor, His input and His promises, His assurance and His wonder working power, as well as His Divine Confirmation on that which He has ordained for His people.
If you have any urgent prayer requests, please complete the prayer request form which can be found by clicking here.
I want to encourage you to do some reading on prayer as well. There are many powerful books on the subject available at Christian bookstores. One of the greatest little books on prayer, intercession and the war between the throne of God and the throne of darkness is “The Enthroned Christian” by F.J. Huegel, published by Christian Publications in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Here are a few others that may be a great blessing to you:
. Rees Howells, Intercessor by Norman Grubb
. Praying Hyde: A Man of Prayer by Basil Miller [May be out of print or hard to find]
. The Secret Life of Prayer by Andrew Murray
. Abiding in Christ by Andrew Murray
. The Secret of Intercession by Andrew Murray
. Listening Prayer by LeAnne Payne
. I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes by Glenn Clark
. Watchman Prayer by Dutch Sheets
The Fast Itself:
In the next few days, you will want to establish a “rhythm” for the fast. The first thing you will want to begin immediately is to drink at least 8, 8 ounce glasses of pure water (steam distilled, reverse osmosis, spring) spaced throughout the day.
Eliminate all caffeine and sugar from your diet. Eliminate from your diet all white flour and white flour products, which turn to sugar and fat in your system. If you are able, and have no major medical problems, begin to take brisk walks on a daily basis. You may want to get up earlier and take your Morning Prayer time as a prayer walk for your morning devotional. I find walking and praying is very stimulating to my time of intimacy with God.
The reason you need to wean yourself from caffeine is because it is toxic and remains in your system long after you have ingested coffee, Coke, Pepsi, Fresca, Mountain Dew, etc. It takes time for your liver and kidneys to detoxify from all that poison. Be kind to your temple and prepare it for the time of the “Daniel Fast”.
Beginning, January 6th, your time of eating should be consistent and focused. This will provide increased effectiveness in terms of concentration and awareness of the presence and Person of the Holy Spirit, the indwelling ever-living witness and observer of your life.
Your lunch ideally needs to be fresh greens and perhaps a piece of fruit. AVOID ICEBURG LETTUCE. It has little to no value in your body. Instead, have Romaine lettuce, green or red leaf lettuce, Hydroponic Bib Lettuce, Endives, Radicchio, red or green cabbage, sweet peppers, tomatoes, carrots, celery.
If you need to snack during the day, consider making carrot and celery sticks, soaking them in distilled water in your refrigerator every night. For your evening meal, have a large salad with at least 8 different vegetables in it. Season your salads with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, or lemon juice.
If you feel you are desperate for protein add some almonds or walnuts (in moderation).
Important Tips to Remember:
- Try not to eat after 8 p.m.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink lots of water.
- Keep a prayer journal.
- Keep a dream journal.
- Pray in the Spirit often. Stir up your prayer language.
- Choose a portion of scripture on a daily basis to be your meditation for the day and stay in that scripture. 'Chew' on it and digest it until you receive insight and application to your personal journey.
Ask God to help you identify those areas in your life he wants to work on. Ask Him to help you identify those obstacles that are impeding your progress in Him. Ask Him to help you identify what issues are yet unfinished at this season that need to be finished. Ask God to sensitize you to the things that distract you so that you can stay focused. Seek Him to keep you from temptation and the snares from the forces of darkness. Spend time singing in the Spirit and worshipping in song. Make a melody in your heart as a discipline towards a focused imagination.
Remember, God will keep you in perfect peace when your mind is stayed on Him.
Together in Him,
Pastor Gwendolyn G. Young
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SOME BENEFITS OF FASTING AND PRAYER
- Humble Ourselves
- Heal Our Land
- Loose Chains
- Undo Heavy Burdens
-Set the Oppressed Free
- Destroy Every Yoke
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?" (Isaiah 58:6)
“Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.” (Acts 14:23)
- Divine Guidance
“… She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.” (Luke 2:37)
The material contained on this website is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice and treatment from your personal physician. Readers should consult their physician for treatment of specific medical problems. The author in no way claims to be a medical doctor. Readers are advised to consult qualified health professionals regarding fasting. Anyone taking prescribed medication should consult his or her physician before considering a fast. Under no circumstances should anyone ever stop taking prescribed medications without first consulting his or her personal physician.