Corporate Church Daniel Fast - Spring 2018

April  9-April 28

The Pentecostals of Alexandria is a church founded upon prayer and fasting. Several times throughout the year we set aside a special time of corporate fasting.  Why?  Jentezen Franklin, in his book, Fasting, states:  “Fasting is a constant means of renewing yourself spiritually.  The discipline of fasting breaks you out of the world’s routine.  It is a form of worship – offering your body to God as a living sacrifice is holy and pleasing to God.” (See Romans 12:1).  Fasting is so much more than just abstaining from certain foods or beverages.  Fasting is setting aside things – such as food or other lifestyle items – in order to position yourself to draw closer to God.  Fasting enables us to shift our focus from the physical to the spiritual.  It enables us to experience God on a different and deeper level, to hear His voice more clearly, and to more readily follow His direction.

 

Our spring corporate fast will begin April 9 and end April 28.

Pastor is requesting that all who are able, participate in a Daniel Fast during this time.

 

Before You Fast

Preparing for the Daniel Fast is important; you will want to plan ahead. Plan menus, gather recipes, and purchase food items.  Failure comes many times simply because of a lack of planning.  Having the foods you will need in advance will ensure a successful and less stressful fast.  Another important way to prepare for the fast is to prepare yourself physically.  Before you begin the Daniel Fast, gradually decreasing your caffeine and processed sugar intake a week or two before the fast will allow your body to adjust more easily to your change in diet.

 

Health Concerns

If you have health concerns, please consult your doctor prior to beginning any type of food fast. Explain to your doctor what you would like to do, and follow his/her instructions. This is especially important if you have a physical condition that is affected by your food intake, have any type of chronic illness, and/or are taking any kind of prescription medications. If you are physically unable to participate in the corporate Daniel Fast, please do not feel guilty. Instead, find something besides food to give up for 21 days. The main thing is that you participate in some way in this corporate fast along with your church family. The power of a corporate fast binds us together in unity.

 

Fasting Guidelines for Children

Infants and small children should NOT fast. Older children can participate in a fast by choosing a food they usually have each day (cookies, candy, favorite snack, etc.) and giving that up during the fast. The important thing is to explain to them that we are giving up something for the purpose of focusing on God.

 

Fasting is not the same thing as dieting.  And fasting is not the same thing as eliminating food for health. Fasting is a non-required discipline (you don’t have to do it) where you alter your diet (there are many kinds of fasts) for a spiritual reason (there are many reasons to fast) and accompany the experience with prayer.”

 

 (Elmer L. Towns)

THE DANIEL FAST

 

Daniel 1:8

  8But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile     himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the     wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

 

Daniel 10:2-3

2In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. 3I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my   mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole    weeks  were fulfilled.

 

 

In the first chapter of Daniel, we find King Nebuchadnezzar commissioning Ashpenaz to select some young men to be brought to the palace and trained, prior to being given positions in the king’s court.  Among those brought in were Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The order was given by the king that they should eat from the king’s table–be served the same as he was.  However, Daniel, purposing in his heart that he would not defile himself, followed a different diet. Later, in chapter 10, Daniel embarks on a three-week fast while in mourning in which he follows a similar diet.

 

The purpose of fasting is to grow your relationship with God. Daniel’s decision not to eat the king’s food was an outward symbol of an inward commitment he made to God.  Let your choices over the 21 days of our POA fast reflect your hunger for God’s presence in your life.

 

The fast is a spiritual discipline designed to better connect us with God.  As a church we are fasting to deepen our relationship with God, to discover as never before His plan and purpose for our lives, and to experience a spiritual breakthrough that will revolutionize our church family and our community.

 

In addition to the foods of the fast, The Daniel Fast also requires prayer and faith.  These three work together to form a foundation for the fast  Together, these three form a prescription of healing.

 

WHAT CAN  I EAT?

 

There is no definitive list of foods for Daniel’s fast.  The scriptures tell us he ate no flesh (meat) and drank no wine.  The designation of “pleasant bread” has often been interpreted to mean breads, or sweets, or the delicacies–”choice foods.”  In our fast, it is the spirit of Daniel’s decision that we are attempting to capture.  In general, the foods that are a part of The Daniel Fast are ones that promote health–foods that renew and cleanse the body.  Rich foods, decadent foods, and “party” foods would be avoided on the Daniel fast.  If there is something not specifically listed that you feel should qualify as “food of the king,” then ask God to reveal to you whether it should be part of your fast.  The details of your fast are between you and God.

 

 

 

SUGGESTED FOOD LIST FOR THE DANIEL FAST

 

Foods to Eat

All Whole Grains, including brown rice, oats, and barley

 

All Legumes, including dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, and black-eyed peas

 

All Fruits, including apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, and watermelon

 

All Vegetables, including artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, gingerroot, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, and zucchini

 

Seeds & Nuts

 

Liquids: water (as much as possible), unsweetened soy milk, caffeine-free all-herbal tea, natural fruit juice (no sugar added), natural vegetable juice (no sugar added)

 

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (small quantities)

Honey

 

Foods to Avoid

Meat (including poultry and fish)

White Rice

Breads

White Flour (and products using it)

Fried Foods

Caffeine & Caffeinated Beverages

Coffee & Tea (including decaf)

Carbonated Beverages

Foods Containing Additives or Preservatives

Refined Sugar or Sugar Substitutes

Margarine, Shortening, High-Fat Products

 

 

 

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