Saturday, January 1, 2011

Daniel Fast 2011

Happy New Year everyone!  I pray this will be your best year ever in 2011!

I AM TAKING THE TIME TO SEND YOU OUT A DETAILED LETTER SO PLEASE READ THIS! A New Year is always a great time for change and new vision.  As you reassess the last year was there anything left undone?  Anything you wished you would have changed?  Remember these three things:
1.     Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
2.     The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.
3.     You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.

Is there something you need God to do in your life that seems way beyond your ability to accomplish?  Do you need a breakthrough spiritually, financially, emotionally or physically?

I would like to invite you to fast with us this January!  “Entering into a time of prayer and fasting is like crossing a threshold into a new place. A 21-day fast positions you to experience the presence of God in your daily and hourly life. A fast means your worship isn't just in the Sunday morning pew, but in the living room of your home.”

Fast starts January 10th till January 31st 2011 

Our church will fast at the beginning of 2011 so we can give the first part of the year to God.  We like to do a 21 day Daniel Fast.   So, before you get scared and think you cannot do it, just read on.
Before I explain I would like to recommend a couple of books with their link to Amazon included on the subject first is:

1.     Fasting: Opening the door to a deeper, more intimate, more powerful relationship with God JENTEZEN FRANKLIN

2.     The Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough [Paperback] Elmer L. Towns
Jentzen Franklin has a Journal that goes with his book and most people after reading his book says it make you want to fast.

Daniel Fast Food List by Susan Gregory

She has provided books and cookbooks and all kind of great stuff to assist you in your fast.

“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

One of the great things about the Daniel Fast is that you are not limited to any specific amount of food, but rather to the kinds of food you can eat. The Daniel Fast is limited to vegetables (includes fruits) and water.

If you want a print out of this list in brochure form to use yourself or share with others, please visit

Special Note: if you have health issues, please be sure to contact your health professional for advice before committing to any fast including the Daniel Fast. If you would like a list of the foods included and excluded in the Daniel Fast to show your doctor, just copy the contents of this page. Also, if you are interested in a collection of recipes that will take you through an entire 21-day Daniel fast,

After answering hundreds of questions about the Daniel Fast, I am updating the food guidelines. My hope is that it will serve as a more complete list. The original list used by many people was issued in a book about fasting. I know the author tried to do the best he could, but that isn’t the same as getting hundreds of questions seeking clarification. So here is the new list that I hope helps.

Please make sure to READ THE LABEL when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free. Keep this in mind as you review this list of acceptable foods.
Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.
All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.
Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to {TRY 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 sweeteners including 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.



Some other readings Elmer L. Towns (Author) Daniel fast

Celebration of Discipline: Fasting By Richard Foster is a good read it has a chapter on fasting

Scripture Readings:

·        The example of Christ                   Luke 4:1-13
·        God’s Chosen Fast                         Isaiah 58:1-7
·        A Partial Fast                                   Daniel 10:1-14
·        A normal Fast                                  Nehemiah 1:4-11
·        An Absolute Fast                Esther            4:12-17
·        Commissioning Missions  Acts 13:1-3
·        Appointment of Elders                 Acts 14:19-23

1.     Remembers once you get past three days it is much better. After seven days it is much easier.

2.     I do mostly a liquid vegetable fruit fast. I am trying to have some protein shakes 2 maybe three a day.  This something I am just trying to see how it goes.

3.     PRAY, PRAY, PRAY. 

Suggestions to make your fast more spiritual!
1.     Stop Television, Video games and Media.  Perhaps you want to limit them to just essential emails and computer use.   Fating will quiet you spirit so you can hear from God. So, cut out the mental and emotional noise and chatter.
2.     Why you fasting and what are are you fasting for. What do you need to see accomplished?
3.     3. Make the promise to do and tell one or two people to hold you accountable

Fasting Check List

·        AIM:  for new people to be added to the church. For our church to be a blessing to our community! For the resources we need, a building, finances and talent to accomplish what God is wanting to do in New Jersey, PA, and New York

·        What will you withhold?  {What kind of fast}         Daniel fast

·        When does it begin          Sundown 9th or Sunrise 10th

·        When does it end Sundown 31st

·        When will I pray?  Every day at _______________

·        Biblical basis  { Isa 58:6-9}

·        Bible promises:  Isa 58:6-9….this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. "Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind. Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,' he will quickly reply., New Living Translation

·        Resources needed:           Real Estate, fiancés, open doors to help and meet the needs of our community. To discover our unique purpose as a church.

·        Prayer partner {s} church…i.e., Kim

·        Steps after fast:  look for people to help, buildings and opportunities that God presents.

I hope this helps!
 Small groups be ready for coming details on our next Topic:  One Month to live!

God bless you and I love you!
Pastor Mike

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  1. Just wanted to let you know about two resources that will be helpful for your church during your fast: 1) My book, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast,, and 2) My blog,

    May the Lord richly bless you as you hunger for Him!

    Kristen Feola
    Author, The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

  2. God is truly moving in His Body. He called me to begin a 40-day Daniel fast which I started yesterday and I know it is with great purpose! I am so excited. You can find me online at and my blog at Blessings to you!