Dear Destiny Family,

 

As it is our practice here at Destiny Church to begin the New Year with a time of praying together as a church family. We are excited to enter into the upcoming year 2022 with 21 Days of Prayer, it’s with a steadfast determination that we must walk in tune with the Spirit of God. We are looking forward to our gathering times together as we set out heart to seek the Lord to do what only He can do.

 

We acknowledge that we must seek God first, trust in His power alone to bring lasting transformation in our lives, our church and our world. So, with the measure of faith giving to you let’s believe God for the impossible! I encourage you to set your heart in alignment with God will for your life desiring to experience the full manifestation of God’s blessings in your life.

 

Many small things can go unnoticed and cause us to get distracted in life. This happens as well in our Christian walk. Small things in our spiritual journey can go unnoticed until they derail our love relationship with God. The Bible states, “that the small foxes spoils the vine.” The question for each of us is there anything thing we have allowed into our lives that is spoiling our love relationship with God. I encourage you to “get the junk out of your life” that is rig your life of anything that has taken from your intimate connection to God. For this reason we are hosting our Freedom Encounter Conference TBD you can register for this conference online.  

 

Our hope is that you participate in the 21 Days of Prayer and the Freedom Encounter Conference.

 

 

Pastors Cedric & Anna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022 21 Days Prayer Schedule

 

 

Sundays                  January 9, 16 & 23             5-6pm

 

 

Mondays                   January 10, 17 & 24           7-8pm

 

 

Monday - Friday      January 9 - 29                     6-7am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The church will be open and available for anyone wanting to come and pray Monday through Friday from 6:00am - 5:50pm and as indicate on above schedule. Everyone is invited to come out during these times there will time set aside for personal prayer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 Days of Prayer Focus

January 9 – 29, 2022

 

Daily Prayer Focus

·        Asking for forgiveness for our sins and sins of our land.

·        Seeking God. Declaring our dependence on God in every area of our lives.

·        His Kingdom Come. Praying for the completion of the Great Commission and for revival in our generation.

·        Hear from Heaven. Inviting the Presence of God in our church and our lives (soul saved, signs, wonders, miracles and transformed lives).

·        Next Steps. Praying for all people in their journey of faith to Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose and Make a Difference.

·        Believing God for answered prayer to our specific needs.

 

Prayer Focus

Day 1 – Church Service Prayer

Day 2 – Our Leaders – Nation, State, and City (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Day 3 – Our Pastors, church staff, elder team, school staff, daycare staff, dream team leaders, small group leaders

Day 4 – Our Community – Clute, Lake Jackson, Freeport, Richwood, Angleton, Brazoria, West Columbia, Damon, Oyster Creek, Danbury, Manvel, Pearland, Wharton, Mission (The Rio Grande Valley), local ministries, prisons

Day 5 – Our Nation – national ministries, revival in America

Day 6 – Our World – international missions, the Gospel in Israel

Day 7 - Worship

Day 8 – Church Service Prayer

Day 9 – The Lost – services, marketplace, family members

Day 10 – Small Groups – leaders, members, real life change

Day 11 – Growth Track and Dream Team – leadership development, covering over every leader, fresh Vision

Day 12 – Children and Students Ministries

Day 13 – School of Ministry, Kids Konnections Learning Academy, Kairos Christian         Academy, Destiny Bible College, Destiny Cares Christian Counseling

Day 14 – Worship

Day 15 – Church Service Prayer

Day 16 – Families and marriages

Day 17- Our Church’s Vision for Faith for the Future – campus development, campus locations identified, conferences, finances, leaders

Day 18 – Personal vision for 2022 –

Day 19 – Personal freedom and deliverance – freedom encounter seminars, breakthrough in every area.

Day 20 – Personal specific needs (finances, health, family members to be saved and     other personal needs) Prayer for the sick.

Day 21 – Our Church – heart to serve, spiritual gifts, the Glory of Jesus in our services.

 

 

 

Praying A Prayer for the Impossible

Destiny Church

 

Text ~ Luke 11:1-13 (NLT)

 

This story tells us that God wants us to ask Him freely and boldly for whatever we need.            

This is to illustrate to His’ followers the need to be persistent, patient and persevering in our prayer life. This is best told I believe in The Gospel of Luke 11 that illustrate these points.

Jesus practiced persistent in His own prayer life and passed that on to His disciples. He demonstrated this by spending all night in prayer, having times alone praying and time He spend in the Garden of Gethsemane praying with great intensely.

Persistent praying never faints or grows weary. It is never discouraged. It never yields to cowardice, but is lifted up and sustained by a hope that knows no despair and a faith that will not let go. Persistent praying has patience to wait and strength to continue. It never prepares itself to quit praying, and it refuses to get up from its knees until an answer is received.” E. M. Bounds

 

Principles for Praying A Prayer for The Impossible

 

• You need to have the nerve to come God boldly.

 • The first barrier isn’t God – it’s your own hesitance to come boldly and ask freely.

•  Jesus’ tells us to “Ask…Seek…Knock” contain a combination which is intended to unlock the shackles of hopelessness.

Here are 4 truths from this parable:                                                                               

1.You have a friend in your Heavenly Father.                                                                

2.God is available anytime and in all circumstances you face.                                                                                                  

3. Boldness to bring your requests to God is your privilege.                                                                                        

4. The superior contrast between earthly fathers and Heavenly Father ability to meet the needs of their children. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Praying and Receiving …What’s Rightfully Yours

Destiny Church

 

Text ~ 2 Kings 8:1-6 (NKJV)

Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the Lord has called for a famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years.” So the woman arose and did according to the saying of the man of God, and she went with her household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years.

It came to pass, at the end of seven years, that the woman returned from the land of the Philistines; and she went to make an appeal to the king for her house and for her land. Then the king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me, please, all the great things Elisha has done.” Now it happened, as he was telling the king how he had restored the dead to life, that there was the woman whose son he had restored to life, appealing to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” And when the king asked the woman, she told him.

So the king appointed a certain officer for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, and all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the land until now.”

Meaning of restoration:The biblical meaning of the word "restoration" is to receive back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition.

Joel 2:25 So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you.

The common dictionary meaning of "restoration" is to return something back to its original condition. However the biblical definition of the word has greater connotations that go above and beyond that.

James 1:5-7 (ESV)

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, LET HIM ASK GOD, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But LET HIM ASK IN FAITH, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.

 

James begins this passage talking about receiving wisdom, but he ends the passage talking about receiving anything. Well, healing, or anything else the Word promises, is certainly included in “anything,” because “anything” includes all things!

 

Matthew 21:22 (ESV)

22 And whatever you ASK IN PRAYER, you WILL RECEIVE, if YOU HAVE FAITH.

 

Mark 9:23 (ESV)

23 And Jesus said to him, “‘IF YOU CAN’! All things ARE POSSIBLE for ONE WHO BELIEVES.”

 

Mark 11:23-24 (NLT)

23 I tell you the truth, YOU CAN SAY to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and IT WILL HAPPEN. But YOU MUST REALLY BELIEVE IT will happen and have NO DOUBT IN YOUR HEART. 24 I tell you, YOU CAN PRAY FOR ANYTHING, and IF you BELIEVE that you’ve RECEIVED it, it will be yours.

 

When the Bible talks about believing with our heart, it’s talking about believing with the inward man, or our spirit.

 

Faith is of the heart, the spirit, of man. In other words, you believe on the inside. And what you believe on the inside is manifested on the outside.

 

The believer has the legal right to request back…something lost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Devotional Mediation Thoughts

 

 

Spiritual renewal, transformation, repentance and humbleness

Scripture Reference: Psalms 51:1; Matthew 3:1-12; Isaiah 58:5; Psalms 35:13

 

 

Divine revelation, directions, protection from the Lord for family, church and community

Scripture Reference: Ezra 8:21-23; Jonah 3:5-10

 

 

Spiritual and physical breakthroughs, financial breakthrough, debt reduction

Scripture Reference: Isaiah 58:6, 8-9; Luke 4:18-19

 

 

Releasing of spiritual and physical blessing; harvest of 100 souls

Scripture Reference: 1 Samuel 1:7; 2 Chronicles 7:12-14; 1 Chronicles 4:9-10; Matthew 9:35-38; Acts 8:4-8; Matthew 10:1-9

 

 

Presence of the Holy Spirit; revival for community; Jesus in our midst; miracles of healings, deliverance & transformation

Scripture Reference: Matthew 4:1-17; Luke 4:1-14; Luke 4:17-19; 2 Chronicles 20:3-11; Joshua 1:5

 

 

 

Prayer Commitment

 

I believe that God is calling us to experience in 2022 the kind of year that is only possible through prayer. We have the weapon of prayer that can be used to impact our world. We will see transformation happen through the power of prayer.

 

We ask that you covenant with the family of Destiny Church, by taking part in the 21 Days of Prayer from January 9 - January 29, 2022. Experience the power of transforming prayer as we call upon the Name of Lord Jesus.

 

Jeremiah 33:3; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Ezra 8:21-23; Acts 4:31

 

 

I ____________________________________________________________ covenant to:

 

·        Be involved in commit to 21 Days of Prayer to see and experience transformation in my family, church and community.

·        Allow myself to decrease so that Jesus can increase in my life.

·        Pray to see the plans and purposes of God manifested in my family, church and community.

·        Make choices to become the kind of praying person that God is calling me to be.

·        Deal with the things that have hindered growth in my life through prayer and fasting (this is as God personally lead you).

·        Make prayer my priority as a discipline in my life and in my response to life’s opportunities, uncertainties, and challenges.

·        Devote_______ minutes a day to personal prayer.

·        Establish an accountability relationship with someone who will regularly ask me about these commitments and my prayer life.

·        Prayerfully cultivate and maintain an expectation for God to do, in my own life and in Destiny Church, things that have never been done before.

·        Grow in my understanding of how God works through prayer.

·        Allow God to use me in my world and maintain a priority for prayer in my life.

·        Understand that prayer is a key part of our spiritual journey to draw closer to Jesus.

 

 

 

 

__________________________________________________ (Your Signature and Date)

 

Fasting Tips for Children or Ideas

 

Since our children are in school and not accustomed to fasting, you need to seek God for the type of fast for your child. Children need proper nourishment for learning, growth and development. A full fast is not suggested for young children. Below is a list of fasting tips for children:

God will bless you mightily if we teach our children to seek Him.

o   You should also set aside mystery books like Harry Potter replace them with the Chronicles of Narnia.

o   Set aside or replace regular video games with Christian video games.

o   Avoid movie theaters. Instead, spend time with your family and the Lord. The purpose is to focus on God and avoid distractions.

o   For younger children still watching TV substitute their regular shows with Christian based cartoons or shows.

o   Give up Fast foods or set limits (once a week or as a reward for Bible memory verses)

o   Encourage eating more veggies and fruit instead off fatty, sugary snacks.

o   Cut out Soft Drinks, sugary juices and substitute with 100% fruit juice.

o   Cut sugary snack foods (No candy, cookies, cakes.)

o   Limit the time spent on the electronic devices.

o   You can also fast from or limit your time spent on playing your favorite sport or activity.

o   Substitute or set aside any trading card games such as with replace them with Christian trading cards 

o   Instead of listening to your hip hop station substitute with Christian music or radio station.


Fast for Children

·        Daniel’s Fast

·        No Candy Fast

·        No Video Games

·        Christian Entertainment fast –substituting all children secular activities with Christ-based activities (this can be done along with the Family’s Daniel’s Fast).

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting & Prayer

By Bill Bright New Life Publications

 

How to Begin Your Fast

 

How you begin and conduct your fast will largely determine your success. By following these seven basic steps to fasting, you will make your time with the Lord more meaningful and spiritually rewarding.

 

STEP 1: Set Your Objective

Why are you fasting? Is it for spiritual renewal, for guidance, for healing, for the resolution of problems, for special grace to handle a difficult situation? Ask the Holy Spirit to clarify His leading and objectives for your prayer fast. This will enable you to pray more specifically and strategically.

Through fasting and prayer we humble ourselves before God so the Holy Spirit will stir our souls, awaken our churches, and heal our land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14. Make this a priority in your fasting.

 

STEP 2: Make Your Commitment

Pray about the kind of fast you should undertake. Jesus implied that all of His followers should fast (Matthew 6:16-18; 9:14,15) For Him it was a matter of when believers would fast, not if they would do it. Before you fast, decide the following up front:

·        How long you will fast - one meal, one day, a week, several weeks, forty days (Beginners should start slowly, building up to longer fasts.)

·        The type of fast God wants you to undertake (such as water only, or water and juices; what kinds of juices you will drink and how often)

·        What physical or social activities you will restrict how much time each day you will devote to prayer and God’s Word (Making these commitments ahead of time will help you sustain your fast when physical temptations and life’s pressure tempt you to abandon it.)

 

 

STEP 3: Prepare Yourself Spiritually

The very foundation of fasting and prayer is repentance. Un-confessed sin will hinder your prayers. Here are several things you can do to prepare your heart:

·        Ask God to help you make a comprehensive list of your sins.

·        Confess every sin that the Holy Spirit calls to your remembrance and accept God's forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

·        Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3,4).

·        Make restitution as the Holy Spirit leads you.

 

·        Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit according to His command in Ephesians 5:18 and His promise in 1 John 5:14,15.

·        Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Master; refuse to obey your worldly nature (Romans 12:1,2).

·        Meditate on the attributes of God, His love, sovereignty, power, wisdom, faithfulness, grace, compassion, and others (Psalm 48:9,10; 103:1-8, 11-13).

·        Begin your time of fasting and prayer with an expectant heart (Hebrews 11:6).

·        Do not underestimate spiritual opposition. Satan sometimes intensifies the natural battle between body and spirit (Galatians 5:16,17).

 

 

STEP 4: Prepare Yourself Physically

Fasting requires reasonable precautions. Consult your physician first, especially if you take prescription medication or have a chronic ailment. Some persons should never fast without professional supervision.

 

Physical preparation makes the drastic change in your eating routine a little easier so that you can turn your full attention to the Lord in prayer.

·        Do not rush into your fast.

·        Prepare your body. Eat smaller meals before starting a fast. Avoid high-fat and sugary foods.

·        Eat raw fruit and vegetables for two days before starting a fast.

 

While You Fast

Your time of fasting and prayer has come. You are abstaining from all solid foods and have begun to seek the Lord. Here are some helpful suggestions to consider:

 

·        Avoid drugs, even natural herbal drugs and homeopathic remedies. Medication should be withdrawn only with your physician's supervision.

·        Limit your activity.

·        Exercise only moderately. Walk one to three miles each day if convenient and comfortable.

·        Rest as much as your schedule will permit.

·        Prepare yourself for temporary mental discomforts, such as impatience, crankiness, and anxiety.

·        Expect some physical discomforts, especially on the second day. You may have fleeting hunger pains, dizziness, or the "blahs." Withdrawal from caffeine and sugar may cause headaches. Physical annoyances may also include weakness, tiredness, or sleeplessness.

 

The first two or three days are usually the hardest. As you continue to fast, you will likely experience a sense of well-being both physically and spiritually. However, should you feel hunger pains, increase your liquid intake.

 

STEP 5: Put Yourself on a Schedule

For maximum spiritual benefit, set aside ample time to be alone with the Lord. Listen for His leading. The more time you spend with Him, the more meaningful your fast will be.

 

Morning

·        Begin your day in praise and worship.

·        Read and meditate on God's Word, preferably on your knees.

·        Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you to will and to do His good pleasure according to Philippians 2:13.

·        Invite God to use you. Ask Him to show you how to influence your world, your family, your church, your community, your country, and beyond.

·        Pray for His vision for your life and empowerment to do His will.

 

Noon

·        Return to prayer and God's Word.

·        Take a short prayer walk.

·        Spend time in intercessory prayer for your community's and nation's leaders, for the world's un-reached millions, for your family or special needs.

 

Evening

·        Get alone for an unhurried time of "seeking His face."

·        If others are fasting with you, meet together for prayer.

·        Avoid television or any other distraction that may dampen your spiritual focus.

 

 

When possible, begin and end each day on your knees with your spouse for a brief time of praise and thanksgiving to God. Longer periods of time with our Lord in prayer and study of His Word are often better spent alone.

 

A dietary routine is vital as well. Dr. Julio C. Ruibal - a nutritionist, pastor, and specialist in fasting and prayer - suggests a daily schedule and list of juices you may find useful and satisfying. Modify this schedule and the drinks you take to suit your circumstances and tastes.

 

5 a.m. - 8 a.m.

Fruit juices, preferably freshly squeezed or blended and diluted in 50 percent distilled water if the fruit is acid. Apple, pear, grapefruit, papaya, watermelon, or other fruit juices are generally preferred. If you cannot do your own juicing, buy juices without sugar or additives.

 

10:30 a.m. - noon

Fresh vegetable juice made from lettuce, celery, and carrots in three equal parts.

 

2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Herb tea with a drop of honey. Avoid black tea or any tea with caffeine.

 

6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Broth made from boiling potatoes, celery, and carrots with no salt. After boiling about half an hour, pour the water into a container and drink it.

 

Tips on Juice Fasting

·        Drinking fruit juice will decrease your hunger pains and give you some natural sugar energy. The taste and lift will motivate and strengthen you to continue.

·        The best juices are made from fresh watermelon, lemons, grapes, apples, cabbage, beets, carrots, celery, or leafy green vegetables. In cold weather, you may enjoy a warm vegetable broth.

·        Mix acidic juices (orange and tomato) with water for your stomach's sake.

·        Avoid caffeinated drinks. And avoid chewing gum or mints, even if your breath is bad. They stimulate digestive action in your stomach.

 

 

Breaking Your Fast

When your designated time for fasting is finished, you will begin to eat again. But how you break your fast is extremely important for your physical and spiritual well-being.

 

STEP 6: End Your Fast Gradually

Begin eating gradually. Do not eat solid foods immediately after your fast. Suddenly reintroducing solid food to your stomach and digestive tract will likely have negative, even dangerous, consequences.

 

Try several smaller meals or snacks each day. If you end your fast gradually, the beneficial physical and spiritual effects will result in continued good health.

 

Here are some suggestions to help you end your fast properly:

·        Break an extended water fast with fruit such as watermelon.

·        While continuing to drink fruit or vegetable juices, add the following:

First day: Add a raw salad.

Second day: Add baked or boiled potato, no butter or seasoning.

Third day: Add a steamed vegetable.

Thereafter: Begin to reintroduce your normal diet.

·        Gradually return to regular eating with several small snacks during the first few days. Start with a little soup and fresh fruit such as watermelon and cantaloupe. Advance to a few tablespoons of solid foods such as raw fruits and vegetables or a raw salad and baked potato.

 

STEP 7: Expect Results

If you sincerely humble yourself before the Lord, repent, pray, and seek God's face; if you consistently meditate on His Word, you will experience a heightened awareness of His presence (John 14:21). The Lord will give you fresh, new spiritual insights. Your confidence and faith in God will be strengthened. You will feel mentally, spiritually, and physically refreshed. You will see answers to your prayers.

 

A single fast, however, is not a spiritual cure-all. Just as we need fresh infillings of the Holy Spirit daily, we also need new times of fasting before God. A 24-hour fast each week has been greatly rewarding too many Christians.

 

It takes time to build your spiritual fasting muscles. If you fail to make it through your first fast, do not be discouraged. You may have tried to fast too long the first time out, or your may need to strengthen your understanding and resolve. As soon as possible, undertake another fast until you do succeed. God will honor you for your faithfulness.

 

I encourage you to join me in fasting and prayer again and again until we truly experience revival in our homes, our churches, our beloved nation, and throughout the world.

 

The Purpose of Fasting

 

Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. (NIV)

 

To seek means to crave, and strongly desire something from someone. This is what God desires for us to do with Him. God wants people who will seek after Him (Luke 12:31). Fasting helps us to seek God.

 

Our body (flesh) is our greatest hindrance to seeking God. Our flesh is very demanding. It craves for food and attention all the time. This can hinder us from focusing on God.

 

Fasting helps us to bring our bodies under control and focus on God. If you desire to hear God speak to you, or you have a particular prayer request that you strongly desire God to answer then fasting is a good way to approach it.

 

Ezra is a good example of a person who sought God’s face with prayer and fasting. He called a fast when he needed to get something from God.

 

Ezra 8:21-23 “There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horseman to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.” So we fasted and petitioned our God about this and he answered our prayer.” (NIV)

 

When we get close to God the devil flees (James 4:7-8). Since fasting helps us to draw close to God it means we can break the oppression of Satan, sin and sickness over our lives as we pray and fast.

 

Isaiah 58:6 “[is] this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?” (NKJV)

 

Different Fasts

The type of fast you choose is between you and God, depending on our physical ability. He will honor your best. You may want to include a combination of fasts.

 

·        Full Fast-Drink only liquids. Consult your doctor.

 

·        Daniel Fast-Eat no meat, sweets, or bread. Eat fruits and veggies. Drink only 100% fruit juice and water.

 

·        Partial Fast-Fast from sun up to sum down. This can be any type.

 

·        Fast of Sacrifice-Giving up anything that will be a sacrifice for you personally (TV, Internet, Games, Hobbies, Etc.)

 

1. Daniel’s Fast

Abstaining from customary and choice nourishment for a fixed period of time.

 

Daniel 10:2-3 “at that time, I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” (NIV)

 

You could have what is commonly called a Daniel’s Fast. This means deciding not to eat certain customary foods such as bread, meat etc. The advantage of this type of fast is that it is not so difficult on the body. It is a good way to introduce yourself to fasting.

 

A Daniel’s fast can also be sustained for much longer than a total fast since you will still be eating certain foods.

 

Abstaining from certain customary foods will also help you to focus your attention on God.

 

GUIDELINES FOR DANIEL FAST

(Foods We May Eat)

Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley

Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed Peas

Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Oats, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon

Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels 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, Zucchini

Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts

Liquids: Spring Water, Distilled Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit Juices, 100% All Natural Vegetable Juices

(Foods to Avoid)

Meat

White Rice

Fried Foods

Caffeine

Carbonated Beverages

Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives

Refined Sugar

Sugar Substitutes

White Flour and All Products Using It

Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products

 

2. Total Fast

 

Abstaining entirely from food for a fixed period of time.

 

Abstaining entirely from food for a fixed period of time is an effective way of fasting. If you have never done this before then you should start gradually. You could start by missing your morning meal.

 

After doing this several times you could progress on to missing your food for the whole day. It is a healthy habit to drink water while you fast. Since this helps keep your body working properly. Remember that the point of fasting is to keep your focus on God.

 

After a while you should be able to fast for two or three days in a row. You could either break the fast every evening or fast right through.

 

You have to be very determined when going on a total fast for the first time. Initially your stomach will protest vehemently. Ignore it. You will not die.

 

3. Living a fasted life

 

Philippians 4:5-6 “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (NIV)

 

The Bible encourages us to pray and petition (or seek) God continuously. To do this we will need to love a fasted life. This means abstaining permanently from things which hinder our walk with God (Hebrews 12:1). Hindrances are not necessary sin. They could be normal activities of life which tend to take our focus away from God. We all need to look at our lives and ask the Holy Spirit to show us those things which hinder our walk with Him. We should then fast these things.

 

Is fasting necessary?

 

Matthew 6:6-17 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,” (NIV)

 

Notice that Jesus said “when you fast” and not “if you fast”. Fasting is necessary if we are to get closer to God. If we are to hold on to the power of God and do His work; casting out demons etc. we will need to put time aside to pray and fast.

 

Mark 9:27-29 “But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So He said to them. “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (NKJV)

 

It is only by seeking God’s face that we will receive the anointing and power to do His work. In the Acts of the Apostles we see the Apostles pray and fast as they went about God’s work.

 

Acts 14:23 “So when they have appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.” (NKJV)

 

It is during times of fasting and seeking God that the Holy Spirit can speak to us and guide us. Not that He cannot speak to us at other time, rather it is because fasting helps us to be more sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

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