21 Days of “Fast Praise” – February 1-21

Beginning February 1, 2020 , David Chapel will be fasting and praying as a congregation — seeking God’s direction and growing closer to Him. Instead of requiring a specific fast, Pastor Parker asks that our members decide how they will fast individually or as a family.

Biblical fasting is a normal part of a person’s relationship with God. When you sacrificially eliminate food from your diet for a number of days, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and amazingly sensitive to the things of God.

Pastor Parker has prepared three resources to guide your fast: 

Fasting Information Packet

Biblical fasting is not merely going without food for a period of time, but refraining or sacrificing from food for a spiritual reason.

Bill Bright’s 7 Basic Steps To Successful Fasting & Prayer

  1. Set Your Objective
  2. Make Your Commitment
  3. Prepare Yourself Spiritually
  4. Prepare Yourself Physically
  5. Put Yourself on a Schedule
  6. End Your Fast Gradually
  7. Expect Results

Put Yourself on a Schedule

For maximum spiritual benefit, set aside ample time to be alone with the Lord. Listen for His leading. The more time you spend with Him, the more meaningful your fast will be.

Identify, confess, and repent of all revealed sin before and during your fast. Continue to ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and reveal any concealed area where you feel separated from God. Unconfessed sin and disobedience will hinder your prayer and fasting. 

Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting in all areas of your life, since God will often require you to seek reconciliation or restoration in broken relationships. 

  • Pray for God to give you a hunger for the deeper things of God.
  • Pray for God to speak to you about your relationship with Him.
  • Pray for God to speak about your life as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for God to speak about your faithfulness to him.
  • Pray for God to speak for how he wants you to serve him.
  • Pray for God to reveal to you what is the specific assignment.
  • Pray for God to reveal what he wants you to learn.
  • Pray for God to release the supernatural in your life.
  • Pray for God about what you what him to do in your life.
  • Pray for spiritual revival and awakening in your own personal life. 
  • Pray for your commitment to the Lord through David Chapel. 
  • Pray for spiritual revival and awakening in David Chapel. 
  • Pray for God to release the supernatural in David Chapel.
  • Pray for God to bring the lost to him through David Chapel.

Morning

  • Begin your day in praise and worship. 
  • Read and meditate on God’s Word. The Psalms are good to use.
  • Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you to will and to do His good pleasure according to Philippians 2:13.
  • Invite God to use you. Ask Him to show you how to influence your world, your family, your church, your community, your country, and beyond.
  • Pray for His vision for your life and empowerment to do His will.

Noon

  • Return to prayer and God’s Word.
  • Take a short prayer walk.
  • Spend time in intercessory prayer for your pastor and pastor’s family, community’s and nation’s leaders, for the world’s unreached millions, for your family or special needs.

Evening

  • Get alone for an unhurried time of “seeking His face.”
  • If others are fasting with you, meet together for prayer.
  • Avoid any other distraction that may dampen your spiritual focus.

When possible, begin and end each day with a brief time of praise and thanksgiving to God. Longer periods of time with our Lord in prayer and study of His Word are often better spent alone.

Information on Juice Fasting

A dietary routine is vital as well. Dr. Julio C. Ruibal – a nutritionist, pastor, and specialist in fasting and prayer – suggests a daily schedule and list of juices you may find useful and satisfying. Modify this schedule and the drinks you take to suit your circumstances and tastes.

5 a.m. – 8 a.m.

  • Fruit juices, preferably freshly squeezed or blended and diluted in 50 percent distilled water if the fruit is acid. Tomato and orange juices are hard on the stomach, unless greatly diluted. Apple, pear, grapefruit, papaya, watermelon, or other fruit juices are generally preferred. If you cannot do your own juicing, buy juices without sugar or additives. 

10:30 a.m. – noon

  • Fresh vegetable juice made from lettuce, celery, and carrots in three equal parts.

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Herb tea with a drop of honey. Avoid black tea or any tea with caffeine.

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • Broth made from boiling potatoes, celery, and carrots with no salt. After boiling about half an hour, pour the water into a container and drink it.

Information on the Daniel Fast

One fasting plan that many people adopt, is called the Daniel Fast. The Daniel Fast or Daniel Diet is based upon the prophet Daniel’s dietary and spiritual experiences as recorded in the Book of Daniel in the Bible. It’s a partial fast that focuses very heavily on vegetables and other healthy whole foods, but leaves out any animal sources of protein.

If you’re interested in learning more about this, here’s a detailed explanation – https://draxe.com/daniel-fast/.

A Few Fasting Recipes

This document contains a few recipes that you might find helpful, depending on what type of Fast you choose.