Fasting

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Fasting Defined

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.

The Goal

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.

Preparation

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 to 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

Caffeine

Carbonated Beverage

Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives

Refined Sugar

Sugar Substitutes

White Flour and all products using it

Margarine

Shortening

High Fat Products.