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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

Join us on Sundays for our series, Shine: The Book of Daniel, as we walk through scriptures and also join us throughout the week as we seek the Lord’s will to be done in our lives personally in 2024 through intentional prayer and fasting.

FASTING

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, and your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

THE DANIEL FAST

The Book of Daniel recounts the dietary restrictions of the Israelite youths chosen by the Babylonians for education that set them apart from the others and gained them not only good health but favor with Nebuchadnezzar. This fast is intended to strengthen the mind, body, and spirit as we take steps of self-control, discipline, and intentionality in our walk with God.

Allowed foods:

– Vegetables: all fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, and canned vegetables

– Fruit: all fresh, frozen, dried (with no added sugar), juiced and canned fruit 

– Whole grains: amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, millet. Freekeh, oats, purple rice, wild rice, whole wheat, spelt, forghum, rye, quinoa

– Beans and legumes: black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, pinto beans, split beans, black-eyed peas

– Oils: coconut, olive, sesame, etc., but not for deep-frying

– Nuts and seeds: almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, soy nuts, sesame seeds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, pistachios, poppy seeds

– Unleavened bread, herbs, spices, and seasonings

– Beverages: water, some fruit juice, unsweetened non-dairy milk

Not Allowed foods:

– Alcohol

– Added sugars: any foods with added sugar are prohibited, agave, artificial sweeteners, brown sugar, cane juice, corn syrup, honey, sugar, molasses, etc.

– Meat: beef, bison, chicken, goat, lamb, pork, turkey, fish

– Dairy: butter, cheese, cream, milk, yogurt

– Eggs are prohibited

– Yeast: this includes all leavened bread 

– Refined grains: white rice, white flour

– Processed food: any food with artificial flavorings, colorings, chemicals, additives, and preservatives are prohibited

– Fried food: corn chips, potato chips, French fries, fried vegetables (tempura) etc.

– Solid fats: butter, lard, margarine, shortening

– Chocolate: milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark, syrup, cacao

– Caffeinated drinks

Other Types of Fasts

Complete Fast

In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

Selective Fast

This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. Like removing alcohol, caffeine, or sugar.

Partial Fast

This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food from sun up to sundown.

Soul Fast

This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food or fasting things like social media or television.

Suggested Reading Schedule

Day 1 Daniel 1

Day 2 Daniel 2:1-23

Day 3 Daniel 2:24-49

Day 4 Daniel 3:1-18

Day 5 Daniel 3:19-29

Day 6 Daniel 4

Day 7 Daniel 5:1-12

Day 8 Daniel 5:13-30

Day 9 Daniel 6:1-15

Day 10 Daniel 6:16-28

Day 11 Daniel 7

Day 12 Daniel 8

Day 13 Daniel 9:1-19

Day 14 Daniel 9:20-27

Day 15 Daniel 10

Day 16 Daniel 11:1-28

Day 17 Daniel 11:29-45

Day 18 Daniel 12

Day 19 Psalm 25

Day 20 Psalm 91

Day 21 Psalm 23

We believe part of pursuing God is spending significant time in his word. The SOAP process is designed to give structure to your study. Open up to the suggested passage for this month and then spend equal time on each part of the SOAP process. It is best to have a pen and journal so you can keep a record of your time but it is not mandatory.

HOW TO S.O.A.P.

Scripture… Observation… Application… Prayer

S

Open your Bible to your reading for the day. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you and write it in your journal.

O

What do you think the scripture you read meant to the people it was written to in their context? What do you think the Lord is saying to you through this passage?

A

Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.

P

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say!