Prayer and Fasting

 The purpose of prayer with fasting is to consecrate (set aside) a specific period of time to draw closer to God to seek his face and hear from Him.
Over the last number of weeks we as a church have come to recognise that if the church is to see BREAKTHROUGH in the areas of William’s healing and the acquisition of the local Methodist Church we need to take PRAYER to a deeper level. We are now at the point where we feel it appropriate to also commit to a period of PRAYER with FASTING.

We know that PRAYER and FASTING are biblically powerful tools for achieving spiritual breakthrough. PRAYER for William’s healing has been fervent over a number of weeks, and we are immensely grateful for everyone’s passion and commitment.
However, it is clear that full manifestation of his healing still needs to appear, so we need to take our PRAYER to a new level.
Since we have already set aside 5th March as a day of PRAYER, it is our desire as a leadership team that people commit to FAST for the length of time God lays on their heart in the run-up to that date.

We can provide you with information about different types of FAST that can be attempted. It is very important that prayer and reading of God’s word are high on your agenda during the FAST. We all want to see BREAKTHROUGH in these situations! May we encourage you to commit to this important development in our pursuit of total healing for William and the acquisition of the Methodist Church site.
There are different kinds of fasts that can be undertaken.. But for those who are able, a full fast is recommended. This being a period of time without food and only water to drink.

If the above is not possible for you a partial fast may be more appropriate.

Please note: If you are considering fasting and have concerns regarding your physical condition or you are required to take medication, it is advisable to consult your physician before commencing a fast.

Below are details of The Daniel Fast which many have found helpful

In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast: 1. Only fruits and vegetables 2. Only water for a beverage. A powerful side benefit of the Daniel Fast is the improvement in health that most people experience. Daniel’s decision not to eat the king’s food was an outward symbol of an inward commitment he had made to God.

Let your choices over the days of your fast reflect the hunger your have for God’s presence in your life. Since there is no definitive list of foods for the Daniel Diet, it is truly the spirit of Daniel’s decision that we are imitating over these days. If there is something that is not specifically listed that you think still qualifies as a ‘food of the king,’ then ask God to reveal to you whether it should be part of your diet over these days. The details of the fast are between you and God — use this time to focus on Him.

The high fibre in the fruit, vegetables and whole grains used in the diet cleanses the body and improves digestion. It’s not uncommon for cholesterol levels to drop, for blood sugar levels to balance, for weight to be lost and for a general feeling of well-being to be experienced. Specimen recipes are available for guidelines

If you have any condition which would prohibit you from being a part of the Daniel Fast, there are other options. Choose something from your daily routine (i.e. specific foods or beverages, television, other technology, etc.) and fast in that manner for the three days. Remember, the details are not as important as the spirit in which you participate.

Prayer with Fasting is a powerful spiritual experience to help followers of Jesus Christ develop a more intimate relationship with their Lord, seek answers to prayer, and grow in the love and knowledge of the Saviour. Fasting, when coupled with prayer, serves as a powerful vehicle to draw closer to God. This is a God-designed discipline to enable the Creators people to enter into a focused time of seeking the Father and His wisdom, intervention and direction.

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Foods to Eat
WHOLE GRAINS: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley
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LEGUMES: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed Peas
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FRUITS: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon
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VEGETABLES: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chilli Peppers, 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, Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts
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LIQUIDS: Water (as much as possible), Unsweetened Soy Milk, Herbal (caffeine free) Tea, Natural Fruit Juice (no added sugar)Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (small quantities), Honey
Foods to Avoid
• Meat, Poultry, Fish• White Rice• Fried Foods• Caffeine, Coffee, Tea (including decaf) • Carbonated Beverages• Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives• Refined Sugar or Sugar Substitutes• White Flour• Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products• All Breads• Dairy (milk, butter, cheese, yogurt, etc.)

(For more information on The Daniel fast click here)