Dear Destiny Family,

As it is our practice here at Destiny Church twice a year have a corporate time of prayer.

These two corporate prayer time are held in January and August. We are excited to

enter into the upcoming year 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.

Our hope is that you participate in the 21 Days of Prayer!


Pastors Cedric & Anna


21 Days Prayer Schedule


Sundays August 7, 14 & 21 5-6pm


Mondays August 8, 15 & 22 7-8pm


Monday - Friday August 8 - 26 * 6am-6pm


*sanctuary open for prayer.


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

August 7-27, 2022


“LIVE BY FAITH”

I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no

longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by

adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and

gave Himself up for me.  Galatians 2:20 Amplified Bible

Daily Prayer Thoughts

Praying for forgiveness for your sins and sins of the land.

Declare your dependence on God in every area of your life.

Pray for the completion of the Great Commission and revival in our generation.

Invite the Presence of God into our church and your life (soul saved, signs, wonders, miracles, and

transformed lives).

Pray for people's journey of faith. (Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose, and Make a Difference)

Believe God for answered prayers to your specific needs.

WEEK 1: FAITH THAT TRANSFORMS 

Sunday: Church Service – Matthew 18:19-20

Monday: Faith for Salvation – Ephesians 2:8-9

Tuesday: Faith that is Built on Jesus – Colossians 1:23, 2:6-7; 1 Corinthians 3:11 

Wednesday: Faith that is Sound in the Word – Titus 1:3, 2:1

Thursday: Faith that Believes and Does – James 2:21-22

Friday: Faith that is Tenacious – Matthew 15:21-28; Luke 18:1-6

Saturday: Faith for 2022 – Matthew 21:22; Hebrews 11:1

WEEK 2: FAITH FOR LIFE TODAY

Sunday: Church Service – Psalm 40:9-10

Monday: Faith for My Life – 2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Romans 1:8

Tuesday: Faith for My Relationships – Joshua 24:15

Wednesday: Faith for My Calling/Purpose – 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Thursday: Faith for My Healing – Galatians 5:1; 1 Peter 2:24

Friday: Faith for My Future – 1 Peter 1:3-9

Saturday: Faith for the Impossible – Mark 11:22-24

WEEK 3: FAITH FOR OUR WORLD

Sunday: Church Service – Psalm 84:4

Monday: Faith for Revival – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Tuesday: Faith for World Evangelism – Matthew 24:14; 2 Peter 3:9 

Wednesday: Faith for the Church – Matthew 16:18

Thursday: Faith for a Generation – Psalm 127:3

Friday: Faith for Miracles – Matthew 8:5-10

Saturday: Faith for Local / National Leaders - 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Proverbs 28:2


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.” 2 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.

3 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. 4 Then the king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell

me, please, all the great things Elisha has done.” 5 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.” 6 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 2020 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 3 - January 23, 2020. 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.

You should also set aside mystery books like Harry Potter replace them with the

Chronicles of Narnia.

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

Avoid movie theaters. Instead, spend time with your family and the Lord. The purpose is

to focus on God and avoid distractions.

For younger children still watching TV substitute their regular shows with Christian

based cartoons or shows.

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

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

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

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

Limit the time spent on the electronic devices.

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

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

trading cards

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.