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Fasting Guide

Fasting Guide by Minister Wendy Butts

I. WHAT IS FASTING?

It is the voluntary and deliberate self-denial of food for the purpose of concentrated prayer.

II. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER AND FASTING?

A. The Need to Crucify the Flesh

Read Hebrews 12:11. If you can get your flesh out of the way, you will have more clarity and a greater sensitivity in the spirit what to ask for and you will receive answers.

B. The Need to Hear the Voice of God

Read Acts 13:2-3. Prayer and fasting give directions. It makes you sensitive to God’s voice above the other voices around you. What could be more important? See Matthew 7:7, Matthew. 6:33.

C. The Need for Power

The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is being called back to the basics, to apply itself and the power of God that enables us to stand against the enemy. Read Luke 4:1-2; Matthew 14:14, 15:32, 20: 34.

D. The Need for More Faith

When the Word of God is not combined with faith, there can be no results. God’s blessings are not automatic. Read Romans 1:17; Matthew 21:22.

E. The Need for Preparation

Read Matthew 7:24-27. To prepare means the process of making something ready beforehand for use. When we are unprepared, our life is in danger. Let’s get prepared.

III. HOW TO PRAY & FAST MORE EFFECTIVELY?

Prepare Yourself for Prayer and Fasting. I Corinthians 9:27 – You have to prepare mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually for a fast. Tell your body what to expect. Say this confession: I will bring my spirit, my

body, my emotions and my mind all under subjection to the Word of God by giving myself to prayer and fasting.

IV. WHAT SHOULD YOU PRAY DURING THE FAST?

Corporate prayer is when everyone prays the same thing on one accord as a sign of unity and to increase the power to bring a successful outcome from the prayer. This January, we are all praying for “That One Individual Thing That We Are Believing God For”

V. THE DANIEL FAST

There are several types of fasts. The “Daniel Fast” (also known as “Partial” fast or “No Pleasant Bread” fast) requires you to abstain from pleasant foods and allows for partaking in only clear soup, fruit juice, cereals or grain, or giving up one meal a day for a time of prayer. (See Daniel 1:8-16; 10: 2,3.)

VI. WHAT CAN YOU EAT?

All fruits: Fruit can be fresh, frozen, dried or canned.

All vegetables: Vegetables can be fresh, frozen, dried or canned. Veggie burgers are a soy option.

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 unbuttered popcorn.

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

All legumes/Beans: These can be either canned or dried.

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

Beverages: spring water, distilled water, 100% all-natural fruit juices, 100% all-natural vegetable juices. You may drink protein drinks and smoothies if they are sugar-free, dairy-free/chemical-free.

Other: tofu, olives, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices. Soy and rice milk are okay for cooking and with cereal. However, they should NOT be used as a beverage.

VI. FOODS TO AVOID!

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 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: Please remember that the Daniel Fast is a “water only” beverage fast. The exception is 100% juice since it is merely pulp with water. No coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, or alcohol.

VII. TIPS

* Lots of prayer...we need God's strength and guidance (in order to get through the fast successfully).

* If for any reason you eat something you shouldn't have eaten during the fast, it is better to continue with the fast than to stop altogether.

* If you are experiencing weakness or headaches, drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. However, be careful not to drink too much water; too much liquid can be as bad as not enough.

* You may want to supplement your diet with a multi-vitamin.

* If you have or suspect a medical condition consult your doctor before starting a fast.

* When coming off a fast, start introducing restricted foods & liquids back into your diet in moderation.

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