21 DAYS of FASTING AND PRAYING

6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (SEE APPROVED FOODS BELOW)

6:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. – WATER ONLY

January 5th - 26th, 2020

The number one reason for the fast is to develop our faith and to draw closer to God. One’s purpose is focus of prayer, studying God’s Word and materials that will be used during the fast.

The purpose of spiritual fasting is to consecrate (set aside) a specific period of time to draw closer to God and to hear from Him.

In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast:

Daniel 1:12 “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.”

  • Only fruits, vegetables and smoothies

  • Only water for a beverage

Daniel 10:2-3 “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.”

In Daniel 10 we read that the Prophet ate no meat, nor any precious bread or foods and he drank no wine for 21 days. So from this scripture, we get a third guideline:

  • No sweeteners and no breads

Another important guideline is drawn from Jewish fasting principles, where no leaven is used during the fast. So that’s why yeast, baking powder and the like are not allowed on the Fast.

WHAT IF YOU HAVE HEALTH ISSUES?

Fasting should never bring harm to the body. And if you have concerns, be sure to consult your health professional before going on a FAST or making any major dietary changes.

The FAST is a very healthy way to eat! So health professionals will support this eating plan, but might suggest a few modifications if you have health issues that need special attention. For example, pregnant and nursing mothers might get instructions to add fish, chicken and cheese into the Fast, but otherwise stay the course.

Diabetics may need to add more carbohydrates or include chicken and fish.

Also, those who are especially active either through sports, bodybuilding or vocation may need to slightly alter the eating plan.

FOODS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR DIET DURING THE 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       dates                figs,                        grapefruit grapes                     guava               honeydew melon                     kiwi                 lemons

Lime                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 not limited to:

 

Artichokes      asparagus        beets                broccoli           brussels sprouts         cabbage carrots                        cauliflower      celery              chili peppers            collard greens,             corn cucumbers           eggplant           garlic                ginger root       green beans                  kale leeks                     lettuce             mushrooms     mustard greens                                    okra onions                 parsley                        peppers           potatoes          radishes            rutabagas scallions      soup(veggie)    spinach            sprouts                        squash             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.

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 AVOID ON A FAST ARE:

Iodized Salt                 Sweeteners      Breads             Pasta                           Flour

Crackers                      Cookies           Juices              Energy Drinks             Dairy

Gum                            Mints              Coffee             Candy                         Meat

 

 

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 foods 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.

Remember, anytime you make a significant change in your diet or exercise, consult your health professional. Also, if you have special health needs consider adjusting the eating plan to meet those requirements while maintaining the other restrictions for the fast.

Your Flesh Is Going To Want Foods That Are Not Allowed!

But put Your Flesh Under Control Of The Spirit!

 

NO SOCIAL MEDIA DURING THE FAST

 

NO TELEVISION AFTER 6:00 P.M. – 6:00 A.M.

 

2020 IS THE YEAR OF PROMISE AND PROMOTION