Fasting is a choice not to eat food or to abstain from some other activity that you enjoy for a set time. In denying the things that our body craves, we turn our mind towards spiritual matters. Fasting makes us more aware of God and what God is doing. Fasting unlocks the miraculous in your life.
What to Fast.
The type of fasting you choose is between you and God. You can go on a full fast in which you only drink liquids, or you may desire to join our church and fast for 21 days like Daniel, who abstained from sweets and meats. But remember to replace the time that you would otherwise spend eating with prayer, Bible study, and worship. If you have never fasted before, be reasonable in the fast you choose, and pick something that is manageable.
Start with a clear one. Why are you fasting? Do you need direction, healing, restoration of your family? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.
At Renaissance Road, we ask that you join us in praying for lives to change. Pray that God grant us the power, the wisdom, and the resources to build seven food distributing churches throughout the Triad.
Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal your areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you, and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended.
What to Expect.
When you fast, your body eliminates toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort such as headaches and irritability during withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. Naturally, you will have hunger pains. Limit your activity and exercise moderately because fasting is not easy.
How to End.
Please don’t overeat when the time comes to end your fast, and resume your normal diet cautiously.
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 Food,s Caffeine, Carbonated Beverage, Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives, Refined Sugar, Sugar Substitutes, White Flour and all products using it, Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products.