Join us for 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting! During this time, we will abstain from certain foods as a means of denying our flesh and drawing closer to God. As a ministry, we participate in the Daniel’s Fast (more info below) and while we remove specific foods and beverages from our diet, we feast on God’s Word!  Our desire is to know His perfect Will for our lives. 

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Like prayer and Bible reading, fasting is one of the spiritual disciplines of followers of Jesus. The information below may answer many of your questions about fasting.

What Is Prayer And Fasting?

Prayer is connecting with God; fasting is disconnecting ourselves from the world. 

Biblical fasting is simply denying one’s self for the sake of drawing closer to God. 

Why Should I Fast?

Over time, it’s very easy for our souls (mind, will and emotions) to become full of junk.  Fasting is a way to give our bodies and our souls a deep cleansing.  When we do, we find that not only do we feel better, but as we draw closer to God, we are more in tune with His voice. 

Here are just a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you desire a deeper, more intimate relationship with God?

  • Do you want to know God’s will for your life in this season?

  • Are you in need of breakthrough in a particular area of your life?

  • Is there a loved one or friend in need of God’s tender touch for their life?

  • Are you inspired to Go For It but need greater clarity from God?

 

How Do I Fast?

There are several different types of fasts. At the beginning of each year, TWC participates in the Daniel Fast for 21 days. The main thing to remember is don’t make this time all about what you give up. Most importantly, this time is about drawing closer to God and replacing common distractions with prayer, studying His Word, and seeking His face. 

What Should I Expect?

When you participate in the Daniel Fast, your body detoxifies, eliminating toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort, such as headaches and irritability, during withdrawals from caffeine and sugars. If you suffer these discomforts, STAY THE COURSE! 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 replacing common distractions such as TV and Social Media with praying often throughout the day, reading your Bible, listening to Praise & Worship and setting your heart and mind to seeking God’s face.

What Should I Eat?

NOTE: If you have health concerns, always check with your healthcare provider before changing any daily regimen. A variation of the Daniel Fast or a different sacrificial fast may be more appropriate.

If you are committing to the Daniel Fast, it’s smart to plan ahead. Make sure you have plenty of fruits and vegetables on hand. We have provided a list of nutritious foods that you can enjoy while on the Daniel Fast. 

 

The Daniel Fast Food List:

All fruit – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.

All vegetables – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.

All whole grains – amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, and whole wheat.

All nuts & seeds – almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds; unsweetened almond milk. Nut butters are also included.

All legumes – canned or dried; black beans, black eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and split peas.

All quality oils – avocado, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame, and walnut.

Beverages– distilled water, filtered water, and spring water.

Other – unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or soy milk; herbs, spices, salt, pepper, unsweetened coconut flakes, seasonings, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, soy products, and tofu.

Foods to Avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat & animal products – bacon, beef, buffalo, eggs, fish, lamb, poultry, and pork.

All dairy products – butter, cheese, cream, milk, and yogurt.

All sweeteners – agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, brown rice syrup, cane juice, honey, molasses, raw sugar, syrups, stevia, and sugar.

All leavened bread & yeast – baked goods and Ezekiel bread (if it contains yeast and honey).

All refined & processed food products – artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, and white rice.

All deep-fried foods – corn chips, French fries, and potato chips.

All solid fats – lard, margarine, and shortening.

Beverages – alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, energy drinks, and tea.

What Should I Do While Fasting?

Pray. Read your Bible. Listen to worship music. Journal. Tune in to God’s voice as never before.

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Scriptures About Prayer & Fasting

Fasting:

  • Matthew 6:16-18

  • Luke 18:9-14

  • Matthew 9:14-15 

Prayer & Reading the Word of God:

  • 1 Samuel 1:6-8; 17-18

  • Nehemiah 1:4

  • Daniel 9:3, 20

  • Joel 2:12

  • Luke 2:37

  • Acts 10:30, 13:2

Corporate Fasting:

  • 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

Suggested Reading

The Secret Place

by Van Moody

Chase the Lion

by Mark Batterson

The Godwink Effect:
7 Secrets to God’s Signs, Wonders, and Answered Prayers

by Louise DuArt and Squire D. Rushnell

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