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Daniel Fast – January 11 to January 31, 2021

A Message from Pastor Mike Prah

God’s Word teaches that many people throughout the Bible fasted regularly. The Book of Acts confirms that one of the keys to personal renewal, fruitful evangelism, and overall effectiveness in ministry is fasting with prayer. When they wanted to see souls saved and lives changed, the early church fasted.

When they wanted to minister to the needs of people with supernatural power and effectiveness, the first believers fasted.

When they needed miraculous provision, they fasted. In fact, whenever they faced personal or corporate challenges that required God’s intervention, they fasted … and God answered!

And today, almost 2,000 years later, fasting with prayer remains the key to divine breakthrough!
It’s for all these reasons that I’m inviting our church family to come together and seek the Lord with one heart, one voice and one intention through a special season of prayer and fasting.

The Daniel Fast—as described in the E-book below —is a 21-day fast modeled after the example of Daniel. I have followed the Daniel Fast over the years as our Church has embarked on this journey and I found these three weeks to be an incredible spiritual experience as the Holy Spirit have moved in new ways throughout my lives. I want you to be a part of this amazing journey for your personal uncommon breakthrough!

Will you join with me and many others as we join our hearts together for three weeks to seek breakthrough from God? As our congregation comes together in one passion and direction, Kingdom power and authority will be unleashed among us for God’s glory. Yes, God will do great things among us now and for generations to come as we diligently call out to Him. "God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect." (Hebrews 11:40 NIV).

See below for biblical resources to help your understanding, and participation.  

Nothing is impossible with God,

Mike Prah

Daniel Fast Resources

Daniel Fast - Food List

DANIEL FAST – FOOD LIST

FOODS TO HAVE:

FRUITS: (All Fruits -Canned, Fresh, Frozen or Dried)

For example: Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, berries, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, breadfruit, cantaloupe, cherries, coconuts, cranberries, dates, figs, grapefruit, grapes, grenadine, guava, honeydew melons, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, melons, mulberry, nectarines, oats, olives, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon, etc.

VEGETABLES: (All Vegetables -Canned, Fresh, Frozen or Dried)

For example: Artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussells, sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, gingerroot, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, any peppers, any potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, plantain, zucchini, etc. 

WHOLE GRAINS: (Canned, Fresh, Frozen or Dried)

Brown rice, oats, rolled oats, oatmeal, barley, corn, popcorn, wheat
Legumes: dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, green beans, green peas, peanuts, kidney beans, cannellini beans, black beans, etc. Grain legumes include beans, lentils, peas and peanuts.

SEEDS:

All nuts, natural peanut butter, natural almond butter, sprouts, ground flax, etc.

LIQUIDS:

Spring water, distilled water, filtered water, 100% all natural fruit or vegetable juices

OILS:

All quality oils including olive oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, grape seed oil, peanut oil, palm oil an sesame oil

OTHER:

Tofu, soy products, vinegar, natural seasonings, salt, herbs, and spices.

 

FOODS TO AVOID:

  • All Meat and Animal Products,
  • All Dairy Products
  • All sweeteners
  • All Leven bread (including Ezekiel Bread)
  • All refined and processed foods
  • All Deep Fried Foods
  • All Solid Fats
  • All Coffee, Tea, Herbal Teas, Carbonated Beverages, Energy Drinks, Etc. (some natural herbal teas are ok. Use your discretion).

Remember, READ THE LABELS so you know the ingredients included in any prepared food.

 

HEALTH CONCERNS

If you have any health concerns or are pregnant, please consult with your physician for advice before starting any fast.

Types of  Fast

Types of Fasts

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 personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

SELECTIVE FAST (For Example: Daniel Fast)

This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food. This is the fast that FavorLife Church recommends.

PARTIAL FAST

This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown. During our 21 Day Fast, individuals may select this fast due to personal reasons or choose to partake of Daniel Fast on certain days or weeks and Partial Fast on other times. 

SOUL FAST

This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience food fasting, have health issues that prevent you from food fasting, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fasting period.

COMPLETE FAST (Not recommended)

In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option. FavorLife Church DOES NOT RECEOMMEND this type of fast.

Fasting Guide - Why Fast?

FASTING GUIDE – WHY FAST?

By Mike Prah

 

“Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.” Joel 2:15

 

WHAT IS FASTING?

Biblical fasting can be defined as abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. Simply going without food because it is not available or for medical reasons is not biblical fasting. There must be a spiritual motivation to qualify a fast as biblical. Fasting is disciplining your flesh by abstaining from natural pleasures for a selected period of time while focusing on a deeper relationship with God.

In his book “A Hunger for God,” John Piper writes, “Christian fasting, at its root, is the hunger of a homesickness for God to gain superior satisfaction in God. It is also a chosen weapon against every force in the world that would take that satisfaction away."

SOME BIBLICAL EXAMPLES AND PURPOSES OF FASTING

Jesus fasted to acknowledge His dependence and to gain spiritual strength through reliance on the Holy Spirit and God’s Word. He did this before He began His public ministry (Luke 4:1-2).

Nehemiah fasted for confession, repentance and favor in the sight of the king to get permission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 1:4).

David humbled himself, asking God to intervene because of injustice (Psalm 35:13). In 2 Samuel 12:17-23, he fasted for healing and miraculous intervention.

Mordecai and the Jews fasted upon hearing the news of Haman’s wicked plot for their extermination (Esther 4:3).

The early church fasted while worshiping and committing their ministry to the Lord. They also sought the Lord through fasting for guidance and confirmation during the appointment of elders (Acts 13:2, 14:23).

Jesus expected His disciples to fast, but He did not command it (Matthew 6:16).

 WHY FAST?

1. To get clear directions from God

2. For spiritual growth in your life

3. To break the curse of Satan and to defeat every opposition against your life and your generation

4. To obtain personal breakthroughs in your health, finances, emotions, job, relations and every area of your life

5. To see the supernatural hand of God released to experience uncommon miracles in your life and our church

6. To cover your children in the educational system & society

7. Marriage enrichment

8. To intercede for your family members & friends who need deliverance

9. For our Church leaders, work leaders and government leaders to be blessed by God and to do God’s will

The Book of Acts confirms that one of the keys to personal renewal, fruitful evangelism, and overall effectiveness in ministry is fasting with prayer. When they wanted to see souls saved and lives changed, the early church fasted. When they wanted to minister to the needs of people with supernatural power and effectiveness, they fasted. When they needed miraculous provision, they fasted. In fact, whenever they faced personal or corporate challenges that required God’s intervention, they fasted … and God answered! And today, almost 2,000 years later, fasting with prayer remains the key!

SCRIPTURAL BENEFITS OF FASTING

– Fasting enables us to humble ourselves before God so that God can use us in dynamic ways. (Psalm 38:13, Psalm 69:10, 2 Chronicles 7:14)

– Fasting is a means by which a believer brings his/her body into submission to God’s will. (1 Corinthians 9:27)

– Fasting changes a person, not God. God is omnipotent and unchanging. (Malachi 3:6)

– Fasting breaks down the barriers in man’s carnal nature that stand in the way of the Holy Spirit’s control over the believer’s life. (Ephesians 3:20)

– Fasting intensifies prayer and enables the believer to become more effective spiritually. (Daniel 9:2, 3; Daniel 10:1-14)

- Fasting unleashes spiritual strength against an enemy attack. (Mark 9:28-29 NKJV, Matthew 26:41 NIV)

– Fasting empowers the believer to obtain deliverance, spiritual breakthroughs, answered prayers and victory. (Isaiah 58:6, 2 Chronicles 7:14, 15, 2 Chronicles 20:1-30)

– Fasting prepares the believer to receive a fresh outpouring of the Spirit and the blessings of God. (Joel 2:12-29)

– Fasting has medical benefits and produces healing. (Isaiah 58:8)

– Fasting will bring peace to our land. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

WRONG REASONS FOR FASTING

- To be seen by others (Matthew 6:18). Piper writes, “The critical issue is not whether people know you are fasting but whether you want them to know so that you can bask in their admiration.”

- To be justified by God. In a parable to people “confident of their own righteousness” (New International Version), Jesus spoke of two men. One said, “I fast twice a week.” The other said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Only one “went home justified before God" (Luke 18:9-14 NIV)

- To be commended to God. Food will not commend us to God; we are neither worse if we do not eat nor the better if we do (1 Cor 8:8 NIV). Fasting does not cause us to “earn” something from God, but it helps us to be more receptive to what He wants to do in and through us to accomplish His awesome purposes for our life.

 PRAYER OF DEDICATION

Heavenly Father, today I consecrate myself to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I receive fresh oil from Your presence to empower me to be effective in these days of fasting and prayer.

I declare that I shall not be distracted by any device of the enemy but I shall come to a place of deliverance, breakthroughs and victory in every dimension of my life.

I receive supernatural strength from the Holy Spirit to rise above the cravings of my carnal nature. I declare that in the midst of this fast I would receive power and divine directions from the presence of God that would positively affect my destiny.

This is my season of breakthroughs and Double Portion anointing. I shall not be denied of any blessing or miracle that You have ordained for me, in Jesus mighty name, Amen.

 FASTING HELPFUL HINTS

1. Focus on the Word of God and increase prayer devotions during a fast. Select from a list of several Daily Bible Reading and Devotional Plans from our Church Website (see section below) to guide your reading of God’s Word. Daily Prayers are also available from the sections below.

2. Fasting will increase your faith and your relationship with God.

3. During a fast, prayers must be specific. It is wise to keep a journal of your prayers and how God answers them.

4. Avoid eating a large meal before you begin to fast. This will make you even hungrier when you start your fast. Continue to eat fruit and vegetables before for at least three days before you begin to fast.

5. Drink lots of water and fluids: bottled, distilled, or purified preferably at room temperature. Do not drink tap water.

6. The first few beginning few days will be the hardest days of the fast, afterwards each day actually gets easier as you pray and press your way into God.

7. Fasting strengthens your inner will. You will not starve to death by fasting. Fast until God has dealt with you or you feel a release.

8. Fasting will not impair your health; however, consult with your physician if you have any concerns. It is not recommended that a pregnant woman should fast.

9. Limit (or perhaps eliminate) your indulgence in one or more of your usual pleasure practices (i.e. TV, a favorite hobby or sport, etc.) during the 40 fasting period.

10. The victory often comes after the fast is over.

11. Wisdom should be used when breaking a fast. Do not eat food like meats that are hard to digest when breaking a fast. Eat fruits or vegetables and drink plenty of water before, during and after fasting.

 PRAY FOR FAVORLIFE CHURCH DURING YOUR FAST AS FOLLOWS:

1. Pray that the church would be built after God’s pattern. (Exodus 25:8-9, Mathew 16: 17-19, Ephesians 2:18-22)

2. Pray that the church would grow in all dimensions

  • Stronger through Worship
  • Deeper through Discipleship
  • Larger through Evangelism
  • Broader through Service
  • Warmer through Fellowship
    (Ephesians 4: 7-16, Acts 2:41-47, Acts 4: 31-35)

3. Pray that God would destroy every satanic attack and calculation designed to hinder the growth, progress, advancement and establishment of the church. (Acts 12:1-10, 2 Corinthians 2:11)

4. Pray that God would destroy and arrest the operations of the spirits of strife, contentions, envy, jealousy, backbiting, criticism, undermining, sabotage and every form of carnality that hinders the work of God. (Galatians 5:13-26, James 3:10-18)

5. Pray that God release a spirit of unity and team work, in the lives of the people of God. (Nehemiah 4:15-21, Ephesians 4:16)

6. Pray that all members of church would discover their divine call and ministries and would be supernaturally set in the church according to the counsel of God and they would be fruitful in their ministries. (Romans 12:3-8, 1Corinthians 12: 4-31)

7. Pray and release every human, financial and material resource that heaven has ordained for the advancement of the Church. (Psalm 118:25)

8. Pray that God would supernaturally empower His church financially so that the church can meet all its financial obligations without struggle. (Psalm 34;10, 2 Corinthians 12:9)

9. Pray that every department of the church would be functional, efficient and effective and that all the needs of the people of God would be met. ( 2 Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 4:19)

10. Pray for revival and the activation of every spiritual gift in the lives of the people of God. Pray that this revival would cause a massive in gathering of souls into the kingdom of God. (2 Timothy 1:6)

11. Pray that God would bless His church tremendously in all dimensions and that other churches would be established as a result of it.

 HEALTH CONCERNS

If you have any health concerns or are pregnant, please consult with your physician for advice before starting any fast.

Daily Devotions & Daily Bible Reading Plans

DAILY DEVOTIONALS

 Our Daily Bread

Grace To You Daily Devotions & Bible Reading Plan

My Utmost For His Highest

Max Lucado Devotions

Billy Graham Devotions  

BIBLE READING PLANS

You can read or listen to the Bible readings for each day. Look for the speaker icon under the scripture listing.

 New Testament in a Year

Read the New Testament from start to finish, from Matthew to Revelation.

Old/New Testament

Each day includes a passage from both the Old Testament and New Testament to enable you read through the Bible in a year.

M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan

The classic M'Cheyne plan--read the Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms or Gospels every day to enable you read through the Bible in a year. This plan is Recommended by FavorLife Church

Proverbs Monthly

Read through the book of Proverbs every month of the year.

Verse of the Day

A daily inspirational and encouraging Bible verse.

Daily Reading for Personal Growth, 40 Days with God

40 daily Scripture readings that illustrate the character of God and the nature of faith.

21 Day Daniel Fast Plan

Bible Reading Plan suitable for 21 Day consecration

Readings for Celebrating Advent and Christmas

Scripture passages that focus on the meaning of Advent and Christmas.

Readings for Lent and Easter

Short readings from throughout the Bible that focus on the meaning and events of Easter.

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT  OF YOUR  BIBLE READING DEVOTIONS

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Bible App from YouVersion loaded to your Smart Phone or Tablet. This is preferable since it’s convenient to carry with you everywhere, anytime. (Download the free YouVersion Bible App from the link below, if you don't have it*).
  • Our Favorlife Church website homepage provides resources to several Daily Bible Reading plans with the ability to read or listen to Scriptures. 
  • A modern English translation such as New International Version (NIV), New King James Version (NKJV), New Living Translation (NLT), English Standard Version (ESV), and New American Standard Bible (NASB) is easy to understand.

HOW TO DO IT

  • Read your selected passage. Perhaps reread it to get a better feel for it. Make sure you have a good grasp of the situation and context and the basic ideas in it.
  • Begin walking through the questions below, asking them to yourself as you reread the passage.

Use the S.P.A.C.E.P.E.T.S. Method of Bible Study

In this Bible passage, look for …

  • Sin to confess?

Do I need to ask forgiveness of anyone or make any restitution?

  • Promise to claim?

Is it a universal promise? Have I met the condition(s)?

  • Attitude to change?

Am I willing to work on a negative attitude and begin building toward a positive one?

  • Command to obey?

Am I willing to do it no matter how I feel?

  • Example to follow?

Is it a positive example for me to copy or a negative one to avoid?

  • Prayer to pray?

 Is there anything I need to pray back to God?

  • Error to avoid?

Is there any problem that I should be alert to, or beware of?

  • Truth to believe?

What new things can I learn about God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, or the other biblical teachings?

  • Something to praise God for? Is there something here I can be thankful for?

Pray the Bible verse or passage back to God.  

Put the Bible verse or passage into the first person singular, turn it into prayer, and pray it back to God

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Getting The Most Out of Your Bible Reading Devotions

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR  BIBLE READING DEVOTIONS

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Bible App from YouVersion loaded to your Smart Phone or Tablet. This is preferable since it’s convenient to carry with you everywhere, anytime. Download the free YouVersion Bible App from the link below, if you don't have it.*
  • Our Favorlife Church website homepage provides resources to several Daily Bible Reading plans with the ability to read or listen to Scriptures. 
  • A modern English translation such as New International Version (NIV), New King James Version (NKJV), New Living Translation (NLT), English Standard Version (ESV), and New American Standard Bible (NASB) is easy to understand.

HOW TO DO IT

  • Read your selected passage. Perhaps reread it to get a better feel for it. Make sure you have a good grasp of the situation and context and the basic ideas in it.
  • Begin walking through the questions below, asking them to yourself as you reread the passage.

Use the S.P.A.C.E.P.E.T.S. Method of Bible Study

In this Bible passage, look for …

  • Sin to confess?

Do I need to ask forgiveness of anyone or make any restitution?

  • Promise to claim?

Is it a universal promise? Have I met the condition(s)?

  • Attitude to change?

Am I willing to work on a negative attitude and begin building toward a positive one?

  • Command to obey?

Am I willing to do it no matter how I feel?

  • Example to follow?

Is it a positive example for me to copy or a negative one to avoid?

  • Prayer to pray?

 Is there anything I need to pray back to God?

  • Error to avoid?

Is there any problem that I should be alert to, or beware of?

  • Truth to believe?

What new things can I learn about God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, or the other biblical teachings?

  • Something to praise God for? Is there something here I can be thankful for?

Pray the Bible verse or passage back to God.  

Put the Bible verse or passage into the first person singular, turn it into prayer, and pray it back to God.

* Get the free Bible App here: (Apple Devices   Android Devices)

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