At The Father’s House we love to start each year with a special time of seeking God in prayer and fasting.
Over the years we have heard countless testimonies – salvations, healing, financial provision, freedom from addiction, business turnarounds, job promotions, clear direction and restored relationships – that resulted from answered prayers during this time of Prayer and Fasting. I know this year will be no different because God still hears and answers prayer.
So from January 14-23 we are doing a Corporate Ten Day Daniel Fast. The guidelines of the modern-day Daniel Fast are based on the fasting experiences of the prophet Daniel.
In the book of Daniel 1:12 we discover how Daniel’s passion for God caused him to long for spiritual food more than compromising for physical food, which is the ultimate desire of anyone choosing to participate in a fast. The Daniel Fast involves a spiritual commitment to God. “Daniel proposed in his heart that he would not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8).
As we take a closer look at what he did, it’s important to remember that we’re not trying to duplicate Daniel’s menu, but we do want to imitate the spirit in which he fasted.
Was Daniel tempted by the tasty food placed in front of him? Probably. The Bible doesn’t say, so we can’t know for sure. What we do know, however, is that if the king’s food was a temptation for Daniel, he resisted it.
Just as Daniel faced trials in following the Lord, you undoubtedly will encounter challenges as well. The devil is outraged that you will commit to this fast, and he will find ways to place temptation in your path. 1 Corinthians 16:13 advises, “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong” (NLT).
At the end of the ten-day test (fast), Daniel and his friends look healthier and better nourished than the other young men who dined on royal food. The Bible says that to those four men who courageously stood up for their beliefs, God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. The Lord also gave to Daniel special insight and the ability to understand dreams and visions (v. 17).
I want to encourage you to make time to be with the Lord over the next 10 days. I know, there are many people and things vying for your time, and sometimes it seems you can’t fit them all in. Remember, though, that this is a fast, and fasting involves sacrifice.
Do all that you can to immerse yourself in the Word during your fast, and cling to God’s promises. As you do, you will experience the transforming power of God.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NLT)
You are invited to join us in this special season. Thank you for believing with us for God to transform our homes, community and world. Together we faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to help us Love God, Help People, and Build His Kingdom.
HOW DO I GET INVOVLED?
- Prayer Time
You are welcome to join us M-Th @ noon or on Saturdays in the Sanctuary for a special time of prayer.
Fasting, simply stated, is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.
Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).
The Daniel Fast
Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.
This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
Scripture References for Fasting:
Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14
Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word:
1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3, 20, Joel 2:12, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30,Acts 13:2
1 Samuel 7:5-6, Ezra 8:21-23, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Joel 2:15-16, Jonah 3:5-10, Acts 27:33-37
Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing (Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 14:12, 1 Corinthians 8:8). May God greatly bless you as you fast!
We encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and let your decisions about your biblical fasting come from Him. Ask the Lord to show you areas to target during your time of fasting and prayer.