Corporate Fast

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Why should I fast?

  1. Are you in need of healing or a miracle?
  2. Do you need the tender touch of God in your life?
  3. Is there a dream inside you that only He can make possible?
  4. Are you in need of a fresh encounter?
  5. Do you desire a deeper, more intimate and powerful relationship with the Lord?
  6. Are you ready to have heightened sensitivity to the desires of God?
  7. Do you need to break away from bondages that have been holding you hostage?
  8. Is there a friend or loved one that needs Salvation?
  9. Do you desire to know God’s will for your life?

BIBLICAL FASTING FOCUS


1 TIMOTHY 2:1-2

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

ROMANS 12:1

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.”

MATTHEW 6:33

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

ISAIAH 58:6

“[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

We want to encourage you to target your prayers during the fast. The Bible instructs us to continually pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2). When we lift up our leaders, both spiritual & in government; here in the United States and around the world, we can expect God’s peace in our lives and in our nation.

Another great promise, from the book of Isaiah, proclaims that the chosen fast will “undo the heavy burdens and let the oppressed go free.”   As we come together to fast and pray, we believe that your burdens will be lifted, every oppressive chain will be broken & you will experience His Spirit like never before and that financial blessings will be released into your life!

We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer. We believe that, as we pray and seek God and give Him our best at the first of the year, He will bless our ENTIRE year (Matthew 6:33)!

Prayer

As you prepare for the next several days, it can be tempting to start thinking of a laundry list of prayers you’d love to see answered. But we really want to encourage you to keep this simple.

Think about the top two or three things most pressing on your heart and zone in on those with God. Write these down in the space provided below, and be open to hearing what God wants to show you in those areas. The breakthroughs, miracles, and answers to your prayers will be byproducts of drawing closer to Jesus.

Make time to pray daily. Don’t overcomplicate this! Just talk to God. Have that place and time where you can seek Him every day. If you don’t plan to pray, you won’t. If you find it a challenge to disconnect from the busyness of your day, engaging in worship music is a great way to prepare your heart for prayer.

 

Fasting

*Important Note: Fasting requires reasonable precautions. If you have any health concerns, please consult your physician prior to beginning your fast, especially if you are taking any medication, have a chronic condition, or are pregnant or nursing a baby.

BIBLICAL FASTING FOCUS


1 TIMOTHY 2:1-2

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

ROMANS 12:1

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.”

MATTHEW 6:33

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

ISAIAH 58:6

“[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

We want to encourage you to target your prayers during the fast. The Bible instructs us to continually pray for our leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2). When we lift up our leaders, both spiritual & in government; here in the United States and around the world, we can expect God’s peace in our lives and in our nation.

Another great promise, from the book of Isaiah, proclaims that the chosen fast will “undo the heavy burdens and let the oppressed go free.”   As we come together to fast and pray, we believe that your burdens will be lifted, every oppressive chain will be broken & you will experience His Spirit like never before and that financial blessings will be released into your life!

We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer. We believe that, as we pray and seek God and give Him our best at the first of the year, He will bless our ENTIRE year (Matthew 6:33)!

DIFFERENT TYPES FAST

 

FULL FAST

Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).

 

3-DAY FAST

THIS IS WHAT THE LEADERS ARE DOING. IT WILL BE ONLY WATER. 
This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

 

PARTIAL FAST

A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 OR 6:00 pm or from SUN-UP TO SUN-DOWN. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

 

YOU MAY ALSO ADD THINGS LIKE TV, FACEBOOK…ETC….BUT IT SHOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL SACRIFICE.

The Daniel fast is a great model to follow and one that is extremely effective for spiritual focus, bodily discipline, and purification of the body and soul. It is probably one of the most commonly referred-to fasts; however, within the Daniel fast there is room for broad interpretation.

In the book of Daniel we find two different times where the prophet Daniel fasted. Daniel 1 states that he only ate vegetables and water, and in Daniel 10, while the passage does not give a specific list of foods that Daniel ate, it does state that he ate no rich (or choice) foods, as well as no meat or wine. So based on these two verses, we can see that either of these, or combinations of the two, constitute a Daniel fast.

Again, it is important to mention that there is nothing inherently spiritual about one type of fast as opposed to another. The foundation of the Daniel fast is fruits and vegetables. Some starchy vegetables and dairy could be included, but that depends on the individual. Your goal should be to seek God in prayer about this and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. Just remember: find your personal Fast Zone.

 

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast…

All fruits: These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned (watch for added sugar) 

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

 

All Vegetables: These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned (watch salt content)

Artichokes                       Asparagus

Beets                               Broccoli

Brussel sprouts              Cabbage

Carrots                           Cauliflower

Celery                             Chili peppers

Collard greens               Corn

Cucumbers                    Eggplant

Garlic                              Ginger root

Kale                                Leeks

Lettuce                           Mushrooms

Mustard greens             Okra

Onions                            Parsley

Peppers                          Potatoes

Radishes                        Rutabagas

Scallions                        Spinach

Sprouts                           Squashes

Sweet potatoes            Tomatoes

Turnips                           Watercress

Yams                               Zucchini

 

All Legumes

Dried beans                             Black beans

Cannellini                                 Pinto beans

Split peas                                 Lentils

Black eyed peas                     Green beans

Green peas                              Kidney beans

Peanuts (includes natural

peanut butter)                        Beans

Lentils                                      Lupines

White                                       Peas

 

Seeds

All nuts (raw, unsalted)        Sprouts

Ground flax                            Cashews

Walnuts                                 Sunflower

Sesame                                  Almonds

Natural Almond Butter

 

 

Whole Grains

Whole wheat                            Brown rice

Millet                                          Quinoa

Oats                                            Rolled Oats 5

Plain Oatmeal- not instant      Barley

Grits (no butter)                         Whole wheat pasta

Whole wheat tortillas               Plain Rice cakes

Popcorn (see recipe in

FAQ’s)

 

Liquids

Water (spring, distilled, filtered)

 

Other

Tofu                              Soy products

Herbs                           Small amounts of Honey if necessary

Small amounts of Sea Salt only if necessary

Small amounts of Ezekiel Bread

Small amounts of Olive Oil

Spices (read the label to be sure there are no

preservatives

 

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast…

All animal products including all meat, poultry, fish…

White rice

White bread

All deep fried foods

Caffeine

Coffee (including decaf b/c contains small amount of caffeine)

Carbonated beverages

Energy drinks

Foods containing preservatives, additives

Refined foods

Processed foods

Food additives

Refined sugar

Sugar substitutes

Raw sugar

Syrups

Molasses

Cane juice

White flour

Margarine

Shortening

High fat products

Butter

All leavened breads

Baked goods

All dairy

Milk

Cheese

Yogurt

Cream

Eggs

Alcohol

Mayonnaise