21 Day Daniel Fast – January 2nd – January 22nd
God has laid it on the heart of the Pastor to begin a church corporate 21 Day Daniel Fast starting on the 2nd of January. After this it was announced by the General Overseer of RCCG that the church worldwide will embark on a 100 day fast.
As a church we will therefore incorporate the Daniel fast into the 100 day fast. This means that the first 21 days of the 100 days would be a Daniel fast and the other 79 days will be the usual day fast where you break with a normal meal in the evening. (There will be another post with details of the RCCG 100 day fast)
The reason for the Daniel fast is to have a time of consecration at the beginning of the year.What is a Daniel Fast?
A 21-day partial fast based upon Daniel’s own experiences as recorded in the Bible. The purpose is to restrict commonly enjoyed foods as an act of worship and consecration to God. Someone who chooses to undergo a Daniel Fast demonstrates a physical commitment that reflects a deep spiritual desire for a more intimate relationship with the Lord.
On one occasion, Daniel was greatly concerned for his people and sought the Lord’s wisdom during a 3-week time of prayer and fasting. Daniel 10:2-3 says, “At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips.” The meaning of “choice food” is not clear; however, most commentaries conclude that he ate no bread or sweets. The Message translation sums up Daniel’s eating habits during that time: “I ate only plain and simple food.”
The intention of today’s Daniel Fast is not to duplicate exactly what Daniel did but the spirit in which he did it. Daniel’s passion for the Lord caused him to hunger and thirst for spiritual food rather than physical food, which should be the desire for anyone doing the Daniel Fast.
To view a detailed list of foods, see Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid while on the Daniel Fast.
“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting.” – Daniel 9:3
Foods to Eat:
- All fruit – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.
- All vegetables – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.
- All whole grains – amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, and whole wheat.
- All nuts & seeds – almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds. Nut butters are also included.
- All legumes – canned or dried; black beans, black eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and split peas.
- All quality oils – canola, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, and sesame.
- Beverages – distilled water, filtered water, and spring water.
- Other – herbs, spices, salt, pepper, seasonings, soy products, and tofu.
Foods to Avoid on the Daniel Fast:
- All meat & animal products – beef, buffalo, fish, lamb, poultry, and pork.
- All dairy products – butter, cheese, cream, eggs, and milk.
- All sweeteners – agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, cane juice, honey, molasses, raw sugar, syrups, stevia, and sugar.
- All leavened bread & yeast – baked goods and Ezekiel bread (contains yeast and honey).
- All refined & processed food products – artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, and white rice.
- All deep-fried foods – corn chips, French fries, and potato chips.
- All solid fats – lard, margarine, and shortening.
- Beverages – alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, energy drinks, herbal tea, and tea.
Culled from: http://www.ultimatedanielfast.com
It is very important that prayer takes place alongside the fasting otherwise the purpose for the fast is not achieved. Please see the post on the 100 day fast for prayer points.
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