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As we enter this new year, our nation and the rest of the world is in dire need of divine intervention to push back the forces of evil. As a local church, we are believing God to use us to make a significant impact in our city and the various mission stations that we support around the world. There is a groundswell of anticipation and belief that revival is at hand and the Church is entering into a great time of renewal. The mandate of our church “to seek, save and disciple the lost” is at the forefront of our desire to fulfill our purpose and destiny to advance the kingdom of God.
The following are benefits that will be received by those who choose to embrace this discipline.
- Fasting tenderizes our hearts and makes them more sensitive to receive more from God.
- Fasting enlarges our capacity to embrace a more focused and dedicated lifestyle of kingdom values.
- Fasting opens our minds and spirits to the reception of spiritual things.
- Fasting will reveal to us our true spiritual identity.
- Fasting equips our bodies and enhances our physical health and spiritual intimacy.
- Fasting tears down the stronghold of physical addictions and appetites.
- Fasting wages warfare against besetting sins through prayer and consecration.
- Fasting breaks spiritual bondage to various foods.
- Fasting will increase the desire to serve in ministry to the body of Christ.
- Fasting reveals and silences the flesh.
We invite you to take the journey with us as we seek a personal encounter with God and witness His power released with signs and wonders following. The breakthrough that we long for will not happen until we abandon all efforts of performance and acknowledge our weaknesses in pursuit of His strength. Set aside a time and place to meet with God for prayer, Bible reading, and waiting on the Lord.
Theme of the fast — Prayer and Intimacy with God: Your goal in fasting should be to pursue intimacy with God by focusing on the things of the Spirit. Designating more time for prayer and reading of the word will be a natural result of yielding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Meditating on the word will draw you into a deeper relationship and understanding of the will of God for your life.
When the fast is over, you should have a new spiritual strength from overcoming the cravings that usually control your life and from dedicating yourself to God.
Accountability and support groups: You will probably be most successful with this fast if you make yourself accountable to at least one other person during this fast. If you are a part of a rooted group, consider reaching out to some of the other members and be an encouragement to one another. If someone struggles with some of the dietary restrictions, do not condemn them but rather help them start again. Walk in love and mercy.
Restricting television and entertainment: It will be difficult for you to consecrate yourself if you continue with television and other media distractions. Replacing time that was once spent with these things with bible study and intentional connection with other believers will reap a harvest of mutual blessings.
Important exceptions: Anyone who has a medical condition related to eating or is under the treatment of a physician must consult their doctor to find some sacrifices of food that can be made without endangering your health. Also, if you have extreme difficulty with the fast, such as impairment of your ability to work at your job, you will need to make some adjustments.
The Daniel Fast – Application
If you have never participated in a Daniel Fast before, you’ll find that it is very simple and easy to follow. Let your hunger and cravings remind you of your desperate need for God’s presence, power, and breakthrough in your life and the world around you. During the Fast, set aside time to be alone with God to develop a greater sensitivity to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Begin and end each day with prayer. You will be quite amazed at the amount of extra time you will have by simplifying your diet and eliminating recreational eating. The reward of God’s presence and spiritual growth far outweighs the sacrifices made by fasting.
Please refer to the Daniel Fast Food List for further instructions and information about fasting.
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