Why Fast?

Fasting has the potential for significant impact in our lives. Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life personally and God can speak to you in new and dynamic ways. 


Fasting and prayer can also work on a much grander scale. According to Scripture, personal experience and observation, we are convinced that when God’s people fast with a proper Biblical motive – seeking God’s face not His hand – with a broken, repentant, and contrite spirit, God will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation and world. Fasting and prayer can bring about revival – a change in the direction of our nation, the nations of earth and the fulfillment of the Great Commission. 


Biblical fasting is, very simply, denying oneself something for the sake of seeking and honoring God.  In many ways, prayer is connecting with God and fasting is disconnecting ourselves from the worldIn addition to food, you can also fast from other things that keep you connected to the world. These may include television, social media, video games and more. 

YOU SHOULD FAST BECAUSE...

  • Fasting was an expected discipline in both the Old and New Testament eras. For example, Moses fasted at least two recorded 40-day periods. Jesus fasted 40 days and reminded His followers to fast, “when you fast,” not if you fast. 
  • Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of the “first love” for your Lord and result in a more intimate relationship with Christ.
  •  Fasting is a Biblical way to truly humble yourself in the sight of God (Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21). King David said, “I humble myself through fasting.” 
  • Fasting enables the Holy Spirit to reveal your true spiritual condition, resulting in brokenness, repentance and a transformed life. 
  • The Holy Spirit will quicken the Word of God in your heart and His truth will become more meaningful to you! 
  • Fasting can transform your prayer life into a richer and more personal experience.
  • Fasting can result in a dynamic personal revival in your own life – and make you a channel of revival to others. 


21 Day Scripture Plan

DANIEL FAST

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast:

 

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

 

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

 

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

 

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

 

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

 

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

 

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

 

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

 

 

Foods to avoidon the Daniel Fast

 

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

 

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

 

All sweeteners  including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

 

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

 

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

 

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

 

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

 

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.