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PRAYER AND FASTING

Fasting has been an important part of the doctrine and practice of the Assemblies of God since its beginning. Fasting is a voluntary, private, and Spirit-led separation from one’s usual activities of life. Typically it is practiced individually by members in the church body by means of separating certain foods and liquids from one’s diet. Normally fasts are held in accompaniment with prayer, and are intended to heighten focus, intensify fervor, and gain control over one’s fleshly cravings and human will.

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Some Guidelines

Set reasonable goals for our 21 days of fasting. Consider the following options:

• Fast one meal a day.
• Fast one or two meals per day.
• Fast one or two entire days or more.

If you go completely without food for a full day or longer:

  • Drink plenty of water.

  • Drink some fruit juice for energy.

  • Remember that some medications should not be taken

    without food.

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Daniel fast food list

Fruits
Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cranberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Cherries, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Watermelon, Nectarines, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Tangerines.


Vegetables
Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Celery, Chili Peppers, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger Root, Leeks, Lettuce, Cabbage, Spinach, Mushrooms, Onions, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Radishes, Sprouts, Squashes, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Turnips, Yams.


Whole Grains
Whole Wheat, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Oats, Barley, Grits, Rice Cakes, Popcorn.


Nuts, Seeds, and Legumes
Sunflower Seeds, Cashews, Peanuts, Sesame, Nut Butter, Peanut Butter, Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed Peas, Kidney Beans, Black Beans, Cannellini Beans, White Beans.


Oils and Beverages
Olive, Canola, Grape Seed, Peanut, Sesame, Spring Water, Distilled Water, Other Pure Waters.

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Cautions

There are some cautions to consider as you contemplate a food fast. It is wise to consult your doctor before you begin your fast to make sure there are no medical reasons why it would be harmful to radically change your diet short-term or long-term.

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Types of Fasts

Complete Fast

In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

Selective Fast

This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, and bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.

Partial Fast

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 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.

Soul Fast

This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting 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.

Daniel Fast

(see Daniel fast food list below)

The Daniel Fast is a partial fast based on a story from the biblical Book of Daniel. It's a strict vegan diet that prohibits animal products, leavened bread, processed foods, caffeine, and alcohol for 10–21 days. Some folks follow the diet as an act of spiritual devotion. It is not intended as a weight-loss diet

If you can't fast foods

If it is not possible for you to fast meals, consider fasting other things such as time spent with TV, the Internet, sports, hobbies, or other interests that command a lot of your time and attention.

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