FASTING | 21 DAYS OF FASTING AND PRAYER

7 – 28 JANUARY

The goal of fasting is to be able to approach God. Biblical fasting always has to do with the elimination of distractions for a spiritual purpose; It re-adjusts our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also allows us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things that God wants to bring into our lives. Remember that your personal fast must present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options and, most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. God wants to interact with us.

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THE CHURCH WILL ENCOURAGE A DANIEL FAST

This 21-day fast is based on the facts of Daniel 10. Here you can learn about the inspiration behind this fast and how to practice it.
The story behind Daniel’s fast:
Daniel had to live through one of the most terrible events in the history of Israel. In chapter 1, we see that King Nebuchadnezzar took possession of Israel and the people began their exile in Babylon.
During this process, he ordered young, healthy and intelligent men to be sent to his palace as servants. Daniel was one of these men. During his service, Daniel took to fasting because he did not want to offend God by contaminating himself with the customs of that pagan land.
In chapter 10 we see that Daniel is fasting, seeking revelation from God about visions he had had. According to verses 2 and 3, Daniel says he did not eat delicate food, meat or wine, or anoint himself with perfume. For three weeks he resisted the things that were pleasing to his body. At the end of these 21 days of fasting, an angel arrived to answer the request that Daniel had before God.
Who can do Daniel’s fast?
The person who wants to grow spiritually and seek to get closer to God should fast often. This fast, done strictly or in moderation, can be practiced by anyone.
During the fast
All fasting consists of sacrificing something physical in exchange for something spiritual. It is extremely important that fasting has a purpose, whether it is as general as pleasing God or a more specific request such as spiritual growth. Set aside time each day to read the Bible, meditate on it and pray constantly.
As in all partial fasting, in this one eats to survive, not for pleasure. If you usually serve twice during the day’s meals, be prepared to only serve a single serving or half a serving.

All meat, seafood, and all food derived from an animal must be eliminated. This means that you will not eat eggs or dairy products of any kind, such as milk, cheese, butter, butter and so on.

Eliminate all food that is highly processed or high in fat and opt for organic or whole-grain options when possible. Under this rule, sweets, sugar, fried foods, white bread, cookies, jams, and all other similar foods are eliminated.

Drink only water. This is because many juices have a high amount of sugar and artificial ingredients. It would be better to eat the orange instead of having a glass of orange juice. Alcohol, coffee, and tea are excluded.

Food List

The following list of meals for Daniel’s fast serves as a guide to what food is allowed to eat. It is not a complete list. If you want to eat something that is not listed, remember the rules detailed above.
All kinds of fruits: Apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, melons, strawberries, cranberries, cherries, lemons, carambola, guava, peach, watermelon, raspberries, pineapple, plums, raisins, kiwi, grapefruit, figs, mangoes, etc.
All kinds of vegetables and provisions: Tomatoes, asparagus, beet, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chilli pepper, cabbage leaves, corn, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, ginger, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, onion, parsley, potatoes, bananas, cassava, spinach, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, avocado, etc.
All kinds of legumes: beans, beans, peas, pigeon peas, lentils, etc.
All nuts and seeds: Peanuts, including peanut butter, sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, etc.
Whole grains: Whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grains, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice crackers, and popcorn.
To cook, continue using the oils, vinegar, salt and other herbs and spices to your liking.
Warnings and suggestions
This fast is quite demanding and it is important that people who suffer from any disease or have a medical condition, consult your doctor before beginning this fast. It is recommended that you bring a copy of this article to a consultation with your doctor so that together you can adapt the list. Do not use fasting to avoid medical treatment if you need it.
If Daniel’s fast is done as a family, adapt the list for minors. They can eliminate juices and sweets, for example, and thus participate in this experience with their parents.

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OTHER TYPES OF FASTING

Your personal fast must present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options and most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
FULL FAST
In this type of fast, you only drink liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.SELECTIVE FAST
This type of fasting involves the elimination of certain elements of your diet. An example of a selective fast is Daniel’s fast, during which he removes meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consumes water and juice for liquids and fruits and vegetables for food.
PARTIAL FAST
This fast is sometimes called a “Jewish fast” and implies refraining from eating any kind of food in the morning and in the afternoon. This can be correlated with specific hours of the day, such as from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., or from sunrise to sunset.
FASTING OF THE SOUL
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food, you have health problems that prevent you from fasting food, or if you want to re-orient certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you can choose to stop using social media or watch television for the duration of the fast, and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the end of the fast.

TIME TO FAST

At Gateway Fellowship, we encourage fasting for 21 days in the month of January (January 7 to January 28, 2019). This is part of 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, a season of prayer focused as a church family. You can also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It is very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The time when you fast is not as important as the strength of your concentration on God while you fast.

REFERENCES IN THE SCRIPTURE

Matthew 6: 16-18

Matthew 9: 14-15

Luke 18: 9-14

Acts 27: 33-37

Nehemiah 9: 1-3