DANIEL FAST 2017

21 Day Daniel Fast

 Speak the Word of Faith now over your family, your Church & your business.  Declare & decree that God goes before us & prepares the way for us in ministry, business opportunities,, open doors of opportunity & utterance.

Prayer Guide Week 1: The Pursuit of His Presence

Day 1  Jan 8

A.W. Tozer wrote “Our pursuit of God is successful just because He is forever seeking to manifest Himself to us.   So when we sing, ‘Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,’ we are not thinking of the nearness of place, but of the nearness of relationship.”

Psalm 139

Day 2  Jan 9

We need to have a deliberation within ourselves, not dependent on what other people do, to pursue the presence of God.  A choice that we make as individuals to enter into the worship of an Almighty God.

Psalm 34:1-3

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.  Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”

Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you as you worship Him.

Day 3  Jan 10

As we seek Him passionately we know that all our shame has been washed away and just like David and Moses our faces radiate His glory and we are forever changed.

Ask the Lord for face to face encounters.

Psalm 34:4,5              Psalm 25:3                         Psalm 40:1

  Day 4   Jan 11

Psalm 89:14, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face.”

We praise Your Lord, that Your throne of government rules in our lives and in the earth.  We are secured upon the foundation of Your righteousness.  Let Your standard of righteousness be established in us on earth as it is in heaven.

Day 5  Jan 12

”   God must do everything for us.  Our part is to yield and trust.” – A.W. Tozer            I Chronicles 28:20 (The Message)

“Take charge!  Take heart!  Don’t be anxious or get discouraged.  God is with you in this; He won’t walk off and leave you in the lurch.  He is at your side until every last  detail is completed for conducting the worship of God.”

Just as David was addressing Solomon, the Lord encourages us with these words.  He isn’t waiting somewhere for us to “pursue Him and finally arrive”.  He is saying don’t be anxious about doing this on your own.  Even in this I am with you every step of the way. Just bring yourself and let us enjoy each other on this journey.

Isaiah 26:4                 2 Corinthians 1:9

 Day 6  Jan 13

Pursuing God and His presence is a life-long pursuit.  His manifest presence is what we long for, but even in that, may He always be desired by us through the truth of His Word.

Prayer: “Lord, I love You and I desire that now and forever there will never be another that I long to be with more than You.  May Your Word continually be in my mouth and be my guide to a life spent with You.”

Day 7  Jan 14     We need to remind ourselves in pursuit, that we are His temple and He is our Father.  As we pursue His presence let His love as  Father draw you close and may “sonship” bring us close.   2 Cor. 6:16-18

    Prayer Guide Week 2: The Pursuit of His Presence

To encourage you as we continue the pursuit of God’s Presence, use the following scriptures and prayer declarations in accompaniment with your worship of the One True Living God! Delight yourself in Him and all that He generously and lovingly gives us. Enjoy!

 

Day 8  Jan 15  REST – Hebrews 4: 3 – 9 (The Living Bible)

vs 3 – “For only we who believe God can enter into His place of rest”

vs 9 – “So there is a full complete rest still waiting for the people of God. Christ has already entered there. He is resting from his work, just as God did after the creation. Let us do our best to go into that place of rest, too, being careful not to disobey God as the children of Israel did, thus failing to get in.”  So, Lord you have said there is full and complete rest waiting for us your children. Christ has already entered in; and because we are in you and you are in us…we choose to enter into your rest…giving up fear and unbelief and believe your word for us today. You said that only we who believe God can enter into your place of rest. Jesus, we choose to believe ALL your promises today and everyday no matter our situations and circumstances around us.

Day 9  Jan 16  THANKS – I Chronicles 16:8

“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; Make known among the nations what he has done.” Lord with your help I will thank you in all circumstances and proclaim your greatness.  For you deserve to be highly praised and honored. With the help of the Holy Spirit I will surrender all to you and have a deeper and more intimate walk with the Lord.  That with your help I can make you famous in whatever territory you put me in to take.

Day 10  Jan 17  LOVE – Deuteronomy 6: 5, 1 Cor 13 Also Matt 22: 37-39

“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength…and love your neighbor as yourself.” We will love the Lord with all our heart, all our soul and with all our strength, and we will love our neighbor as ourselves. I Cor. 13 (what love is) Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Love never fails. I Cor.14 – Pursue God!

 Day 11  Jan 18  PEACE – Isaiah 26:3
Thank you God for the peace that is experienced when in your presence because our minds are focused on you. THE PRINCE OF PEACE. Also Isaiah 9:6

Day 12  Jan 19  JOY – Psalms 100
“Shout for joy to The Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; Come before him with joyful songs.  Know that The Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; We are His people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; Give thanks to him and praise his name. For The Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”  Thank- you Lord that the whole earth will shout for joy. We will worship you Lord with gladness. We come before you Father with Joyful songs. Knowing Lord that you are God, and you made us and we are your people. Father we enter into your gates with thanks giving and your courts with praise. Giving thanks to you Lord and praise your Holy name. Lord you are good and your love endures forever. You are faithful though ever generations. Thank you Father, for you are joy.   Also: Rev. 1, Thessalonians 5:16, Psalms 132: 9, 16, Romans 14:17, 1 Chronicles 15: 16

Day 13  Jan 20  PROTECTION – Psalm 61:3

“For You are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in Your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings.”  Also: Psalm 91.  Lord I am safe in Your Presence. The stress of this day cannot touch me here. I am so aware of Your Love for me and Your ability to take care of all that concerns me.

Day 14  Jan 21  PURPOSE – Eph. 1:11
“It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for, to live out his purpose for our life.”  Dear Lord, thank you that as we seek your presence you show us more of our true identity and what your purpose is for each of our lives. You give us the grace and strength to live that life!
Also: 1 John 8: 8 “For this purpose was the son of God manifest to destroy and undo the works of the evil one”

Romans 8: 28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

 

                                          Prayer Guide – 21 Day Daniel Fast – Week 3

 Day 15  Jan 22   Psalm 63:8

My soul follows hard after Thee: Thy right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:8

Adapted from The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

“Before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man. We pursue God because He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. “No man can come to me,” said our Lord, “except the Father which hath sent me draw him,” and it is by this very drawing that God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming. The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the out working of that impulse is our following hard after Him; and all the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: “Thy right hand upholds me.”

  Thank You Lord for Your pursuit and drawing!  Thank You for securely holding us in Your hand, even while we are still “on our way” to knowing You better! We rest assured and confident in Your unfailing love.

 Day 16  Jan23   Hebrews 10:19-23 (NKJ)

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

The Message Bible (Hebrews 10:19-24) says it like this: “So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body.”  “So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.”

Praise Jesus! Thank You Dear Saviour for Your Blood sacrifice that cleared the way into The Holy Place of God.

 Day 17  Jan 24   1 John 5: 11-13, vs. 20

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

Vs.20 “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

Thanks be to God for giving us His Son, Jesus Christ! We confidently approach You, Lord; the One who hears us and gives us understanding of the truth. We are so grateful to be in Christ Jesus, Who is truth and eternal life.

Day 18  Jan 25   Psalm 27:4

New King James Version (NKJV)

One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.

“Oh Lord, You’re BEAUTIFUL…Your face is all I seek”

 Day 19  Jan 26   Deuteronomy 6:5

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

Father God, to You we give whole hearted and simple devotion. We love You, Lord.

Day 20  Jan 27   Psalm 33:18-22

New International Version (NIV)

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in You.

Lord, thank You for Your unfailing love that rests upon us! We wait in hope and trust.

Day 21 Jan 28   Psalm 34:8  Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Lord, You are SO GOOD!

 

Daniel Fast Menu Planning

You will find the most successful fasting is when you plan ahead. We don’t want to focus so much on the food, although that’s important in this fast. I want to spend most of my time and energy focusing on my relationship with our Lord.

So,  try to plan about three days of menus at a time and make sure you have everything you need to prepare the simple meals

Here are just a few simple menus. They are all ideas for menus that you can use during your Fast:

DANIEL FAST – MENU PLANNER

Breakfast

 Sliced fruit

Hot whole-grain cereal with raisins and nuts

Juice on the cereal

 

Lunch

 Hearty Layered Salad and Greek Vegetable Stew

Dinner

Vegetarian Chili and a Green Salad with dressing

Lentil Soup and a Green Salad with dressing

Snacks

Sliced vegetables with hummus

Sliced vegetables with white bean dip

Raw almonds or other nuts

Sliced fruit and nuts

Please make sure to READ THE LABEL when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free. Keep this in mind as you review this list of acceptable foods.

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

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 popcorn.

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

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

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

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

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 sweetenersincluding but not limited to 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 including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Remember, READ THE LABELS!

21-Day Daniel Fast

We will start our 21-Day Fast on Sunday, January 8th, 2017 which is the first Sunday of the year. Still others will commit to a shorter period of spiritual fasting, but still give a “first fruits offering” of themselves to the Lord by beginning the New Year with prayer and fasting.

The 21-Day Fast is the most popular, primarily because that is the model set out by Daniel in Chapter 10:2, 3“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

Second, you might want to get rid of or at least put away foods that are tempting. Kind of like the biblical accounts of Jewish women as they prepared for the Passover by cleaning their houses from top to bottom and removed all yeast from their homes. Many Jews engage in this same practice today when they prepare for the Passover.

Third, plan time to prepare meals as they will likely take a little longer than when you are not fasting. Most of the meals you prepare will be from scratch since there are so few prepared products that don’t have chemicals in them. So you will want to set aside enough time to prepare your meals, not only for those you will have at home, but also those you will have at work or when you are traveling.

Of course, you also want to prepare your heart for the 21-Day Fast. Seek the Lord’s guidance as you get ready to start the fast. Are there issues in your life that you need to address? Are their needs in your family or ministry that can use special attention? Are you seeking healing? Do you feel oppressed by financial bandages? These last few days of the year are an excellent time to search your heart, open yourself to the Lord, and allow Him to lead you into your personal 21-Day Fast.

God bless you and we hope the very best for you as you set aside this time to give the first of yourself to Almighty God. Remember, He rewards those who diligently seek Him. So keep your mind on Christ and your focus on righteousness.

Daniel Fast Recipes

I know many of you are in the process of collecting recipes and making decisions about how you will prepare meals during the Daniel Fast. You will need to decide what is “okay” on the Daniel Fast and what isn’t. So here are a few keys to help you as you make your decisions.

  1. You will probably need to cook a vast majority of your meals “from scratch.” That’s because so many of the prepared foods include sugar and chemicals, which are both no-no’s on the Daniel Fast.
  2. READ THE LABELS. You will likely be amazed, and maybe even a bit discouraged, as you try to find prepared foods that are sugar-free and chemical-free. And this is why in point #1 I said you will likely prepare most of your meals from scratch. But make sure you read the labels.
  3. Use frozen vegetables. Obviously, you will increase your use of vegetables on the Daniel Fast. The good news is that the vegetables found in the frozen food cases are usually totally free from any chemicals and they are more nutritious than most vegetables found in the produce section (that’s because fruits and vegetables lose their vitamins and minerals the longer they are separated from their vine or branch – wow, there’s a spiritual truth in that statement – and when the foods are flash frozen within only a few hours from harvesting, they retain more of their food value). Frozen fruits and vegetables are also “ready to go.” They are washed, trimmed, sliced and diced and ready for you to do your creative work on them to make them even better!
  4. Generally, if a food is a fruit or vegetable and free from sugar or chemicals, it is okay for the Daniel Fast. Make sure you review the Daniel Fast Food List and then make a call.

Beans, rice and tofu are great sources of protein. The Daniel Fast is a great time to find new recipes that may become family favorites. There are millions of people in the world who eat foods consistent with the Daniel Fast as their core diet. Look for Asian, Latin, and East Indian recipes and you will find many are appropriate for the Daniel Fast with just a few variations

Daniel Fast – it’s so much more than the food!

The Daniel Fast is so much more than food! And when we keep our focus on the food, it seems it’s just another way to feed the flesh rather than denying it!

Don’t get me wrong, I know we need to have good recipes for the Daniel Fast. After all, this is a partial fast where some foods are restricted and other foods are allowed. But the Daniel Fast is not a plan to merely replace all the foods we enjoy eating all the time with a vegan variety!

With that said, we do believe God is using the Daniel Fast to bring more of His people into a healthy way of feeding the Temple of the Holy Spirit – a temple He has entrusted to our care. And with the health crisis in the United States and other countries in the world, it’s critical that we start eating good foods designed by the Creator for the bodies He created!

But we encourage all those who use the Daniel Fast as their method of fasting to examine your heart as you try to figure out ways to satisfy the flesh by going to great lengths to serve up some alternative.

Again, please don’t misunderstand. We know we need good recipes. I know it’s okay for us to enjoy the food the Lord created for us. But we also know that we need to keep things in balance and not get our eyes so much on the food that we miss the purpose of fasting. It’s a spiritual experience where we put our whole beings under the submission of the Lord. And I do believe there is a danger in going too far in satisfying the flesh by focusing too much on food and missing out on the vital element of submission that a period of prayer and fasting employs.

Daniel Fast – does it change God or change you?

One thing we’ve noticed is that many people have a serious misunderstanding as to why they fast. And the greatest misunderstanding is that God will think of them as “better Christians” or accept them more readily if they complete a successful Daniel Fast.

But here’s the truth . . . you will not change God’s mind about you through prayer and fasting. The only thing that changes God’s mind about you – or we should say the only thing that will change your position with God – is Jesus Christ.  Because you believe in Christ and abide in Him and His word . . . that’s what makes you acceptable to God. Jesus makes you righteous and able to enter into the presence of the Holiest of Holy. The sacrificial blood of the Jesus did all the work that you will ever need to be acceptable to God.

Another misunderstanding about fasting is that we can change God’s mind by praying harder or more diligently when we fast – as if we need to counsel God so He can make the right decision about a matter.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, God greatly desires His will be to “on earth as it is in heaven.” He wants the very best for you and everyone in your family. He wants you healed. He wants you free of worry and stress over money matters. He wants you to have loving and healthy relationships. His Word is full of what He wants – His will for you and for me and for all of humankind.

We don’t need to convince God or inform Him or guide Him. Instead, it’s the other way around. God is eager to shower you with love, healing, peace and goodness. He is good! He is love.

So what are the spiritual laws that God designed so that His will can be done on earth as it is in heaven?

It’s prayer. Prayers from God’s people serve as a conduit to release His will from the spiritual realm into the earth realm. Prayer is the essential element.

One of my favorite Bible teachers likens this spiritual law to a power plant. The power plant is there and eager to release its power to whatever needs it. So let’s say you have a light bulb that you want to use to manifest light. The power plant is where it is ready to release electrical power. The light bulb is with you ready to receive the electricity. But there is a missing part . . . the conduit – the wires. Once the right wires are in place the power plant can release the power – and the light bulb can receive it.

The same is with our amazing Father. He is in heaven full of power, love, mercy and grace. His will is to have His power released in the earth to relieve burdens, bring order to chaos, heal the brokenhearted, remove disease and so much more. But before His power can be released there needs to be the conduit – men and women declaring His will through their prayers. Intercessors are required to stand in the gap for those who can’t pray for themselves. Prayer warriors must voice the will of God for the needs in our world.

Prayer taps into the power plant – the almighty God in heaven – and allows Him to release His power and His ways into the earth realm – His will on earth as it is in heaven.

So prayer and fasting is a period of time where God’s children can separate themselves from their typical activities and focus on God and pray that His will be released in the earth. Jesus says in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Notice all the elements? Prayers to heaven – the need on earth – the release of God’s power.

Enter a time of prayer and fasting using the Daniel Fast as your method of fasting . . . study God’s Word to learn His will for a situation . . . and then use your consecrated period of time to pray His will into the circumstances! He already knows everything you need. He’s the almighty God. He doesn’t need us to inform Him or convince Him or move Him.

Instead, God needs you! He needs you to pray . . . and sometimes prayer needs to be intense and focused . . . and that’s when it’s time for a fast! Fasting was designed by God to help us change what we’re doing in our typical days so we can pray that His will be done – on earth as it is in heaven. Be blessed on your fast.

DANIEL FAST – CORPORATE

It’s hard to know how many men, women and teens around the world start the New Year with an extended period of prayer and fasting. Estimates range from hundreds of thousands to millions. One thing we know for sure is that the trend is gaining. Very likely, more people than ever will begin 2017 with a New Year fast.  It seems that the preferred method of fasting is the Daniel Fast, which is a partial fast where some foods are consumed and others are restricted.

A corporate fast is when as few as three and as many as thousands of Christians join together for a period of prayer and fasting. Many church leaders call their congregations to a period of corporate prayer and fasting. Likewise, many leaders of Christian causes will ask those called to provoking change in the world through intercession to join in a corporate fast. During this time, those fasting will pray for God’s will to be accomplished in the matter for which they are praying.

But you don’t need to fast with other people. Many individuals choose to start the New Year with a period of prayer and fasting for personal needs or to pray for the needs of those who God has placed in their care. Many husbands and wives choose to start the New Year with prayer and fasting and if they have children who are old enough to be introduced to the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting, it might be a family practice.

Personally, I think it’s wise to start the New Year with prayer and fasting. The purpose of fasting is to draw closer to God, to pray that His will be done, and to study the Word and the ways of the Lord. In these shaky times you and I can either be controlled by circumstances and the tough times – or we can partner with the Lord and through our prayer release His will into our lives and our situations.

DANIEL FAST INSTRUCTIONS

The Daniel Fast is a totally plant-based way of eating. It’s based on the fasting practices of the prophet’s fasting experiences as recorded in Daniel 1 and Daniel 10, along with typical Jewish fasting principles. So the fast is centered on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds and good quality oils (i.e. olive and canola).  You can also use herbs and seasonings.

The only beverage on the fast is water, but you can use juice and unsweetened soy milk (also rice, almonds, etc) on cereal or in recipes.

Most people do the Daniel Fast for 21 days, however it is not a required length. Many fast for as few as seven days or for as many as 50.

There are no restrictions as to the amount of food you can eat on the Daniel Fast or when you can eat. However, we do want to keep in mind that this is a fast. So we encourage people to eat no more than three moderate meals and two small snacks.