Grace Connection Church ‘FOCUS' Fast
January 9 - January 29, 2012
Types of Fasting
Fasting can be individualized. Below are some ideas for fasting, pray about it and choose the type of fast you believe God would have you do.
“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.” Daniel 10:2, 3
Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast: All fruits, all vegetables, all whole grains, all nuts and seeds, all legumes, all quality oils.
Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.
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
You can break up the fast anyway you want.
You can fast for 3 days each week; 2 days on and 2 days off; sun up to sun down; certain preferred foods; one meal a day—however you sense the Lord would lead you.
Do not make the make the fast so easy, however, that it provides you no challenge! The idea is to cause ourselves to focus and seek God with a higher urgency and intimacy.
(Psalms 86:11 GW) Teach me your way, O LORD, so that I may live in your truth. Focus my heart on fearing you.
(Colossians 3:1 GW) Since you were brought back to life with Christ, focus on the things that are above-where Christ holds the highest position.
(Hebrews 12:2 GW) We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of him, so he endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought him. Then he received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God.
What to Expect
When you fast your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. And naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately. Take time to rest. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus' example when you fast. Spend time listening to praise and worship. Pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God's face. One good way to do this is to get up an hour earlier than usual for the purpose of praise and prayer. This may mean you go to bed earlier during this time so you continue to get the proper rest.
Often it is after the third day that you will sense an easing of the symptoms and hunger. After the first week food will no longer be that important to you anymore. Often people regret breaking the fast because they do not want to lose or lessen the sense of Gods presence they found during the fast.
How to End the Fast
Don't overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid food gradually; eat small portions or snacks. Break your fast with fruits and vegetables and easily digestible foods. Meats and heavy dairy products are not recommended.
If you are a diabetic or have any medical condition that can be impacted by diet and/or fasting in particular, please get your Doctors permission before you take on the “FOCUS” fast.
Scripture References for Fasting:
Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word: