SO I TURNED TO THE LORD GOD
AND PLEADED WITH HIM IN PRAYER AND FASTING
Here at Oasis Church we are participating in 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting in an effort to draw closer to God. Here we will explain four different styles of fasting at varying levels of difficulty:
SELECTIVE FAST | Daniel Fast
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WHY DO WE FAST?
Fasting is a spiritual practice that enables the body of Christ to grow in their relationship with God.
The purpose of a fast is the set aside a specific span of time for restricting certain foods or practices as a physical commitment to seek God through deeper personal engagement and fervent prayer.
When we combine fasting with prayer and meditation, we can experience a more focused time of closeness with our Lord and seek His wisdom and help.
FOUR TYPES OF FASTING
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with optional light juices.
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00am to 3:00pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, a pseudo vegan fast, during which you remove meat, sweets and bread from your diet, consume water and juice for fluids, and fruits and vegetables for food.
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting from food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
THE DANIEL FAST
The Daniel Fast is a great Selective Fast based on the experiences of the Biblical prophet Daniel. Below is a basic guideline for this fast, but additional details can be found online at: UltimateDanielFast.com
FOODS TO ENJOY
Fruit - fresh, frozen, canned, juiced, dried
Vegetables -fresh, frozen, canned, juiced, dried
Whole Grains - amaranth barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, whole wheat
Nuts and Seeds - whole nuts, nut butters, almond milk
Legumes - all beans canned/dried, lentils, split peas
Quality Oils /Spices - vegetable, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame, salt, pepper, tofu, soy products
Beverages - water, juice, unsweetened coconut milk
FOODS TO AVOID
Meat & Animal Products - red meat, fish, poultry, pork
Dairy - milk/cream, butter, eggs, cheese
Sweeteners - sugar, honey, agave, stevia, molasses, syrups
Leavened Bread + Yeast - baked goods, Ezekiel bread
Refined /Processed Foods - white flour, white rice, artificial flavors, additives, preservatives
Deep Fried Foods - chips, fries
Solid Fats - lard, margarine, shortening
Beverages - alcohol, carbonated drinks, caffeine