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21 Day Church Fast
“Clear Vision”

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” 
Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV)

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." 
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 
2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)


On January 8, 2018 our Living Word Church Ministries family will start our twenty-one (21) day Daniel Fast. This time of fasting and prayer will begin on Monday, January 8, 2018 and will end Sunday, January 28, 2018. Our focus for this fast is to seek to be in the presence of God. During this time we are also petitioning God for matters concerning our personal lives, our families, our church family, the church at large, our community, state, nation and the world.

Why fast? The purpose of a fast is to turn your focus to God. By not indulging in food or areas you desire, you can turn your focus to God by reading God’s Word and praying. This echoes the words of Job 23:12: "I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food." This strengthens your faith.  

What should I read during the fast? During your fast you should increase your time in prayer and in the Word. You should search the bible for scriptures that deal with your specific area(s) of need. You may use sources such as a Bible Concordance or www.biblegateway.com to identify applicable scriptures.

Will we have scriptures for daily devotional? Corporately we will use the Our Daily Bread resource. You may obtain a free copy at the church or you may find the resource online at www.odb.org. You may also obtain an app for Our Daily Bread via your smart phone market or app store.  

Spiritual Suggestions for the Fast:

1. Determine in advance the purpose of your fast and write them down. Examples - renewal in marriage, salvation for family members, spiritual revival in church, personal life, etc.

 2. Identify, confess, and repent of all revealed sin before and during the fast. Unconfessed sin and disobedience can hinder our effectiveness in prayer and fasting.  

3. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting in all areas of your life, since God will often require you to seek reconciliation or restoration in broken relationships.  

4. Keep a journal during your fast. This should contain specific prayer requests, written prayers, devotional thoughts, and spiritual insights you are gaining during your fast. 

What to Eat and Avoid During the Daniel Fast?

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are under a physician’s care, follow his/her instructions. With all nutritional and exercise programs, it is recommended that you consult your physician prior to beginning

 What Can I Eat During the Fast?

·         All fruits & vegetables

·         All nuts, grains, beans, legumes, that have not been bleached stripped or processed.

·         All whole grains - including brown rice, whole wheat, whole wheat pasta (no eggs or white flour), whole wheat tortillas, oats, grits, rice cakes and popcorn. 

·         Herbs and spices  

·         Bragg Liquid Aminos – natural alternative to soy sauce

·         Water, natural decaffeinated tea, fruit and vegetable juices (with no added sugar)

·         All cold pressed-oils such as olive oil, unprocessed coconut, peanut, sesame, walnut, almond and mustard seed oil

·         Soy Milk (read nutritional labels)

·         Tofu (whole soy beans and water)

 

 Foods to Avoid:

·         All meat products *(should you choose to eat meats choose only fish or poultry)

·         Imitation meat products

·         Dairy (milk, cheese, cream cheese, etc.)

·         Egg by-products

·         White flour products & bread products

·         White rice

·         All sweeteners - including white cane sugar, artifical sweeteners such as Splenda and NutraSweet *(should you choose to use natural sweeteners consider agave nectar and honey)

·         Carbonated beverages

·         Foods with additives, chemicals or dyes

·         Soy sauce (fermented)

·         Hydrogenated oils (margarine, shortening, etc.)

·         Deep fried foods

·         Corn Syrup

·         Junk foods (cookies, cakes, candy etc) 

·         Caffeine

 For more suggestions and meal planning ideas you may visit www.daniel-fast.com

 *Deviation from the Daniel Fast – If for medical or other reasons you should have to deviate from Daniel Fast guidelines, there is no need for guilt: Simply make a commitment that you can keep. 

     

 


     

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