I am writing these notes for this blog from my tent on the cliffs of Mooney Falls in Havasupai….so forgive me if I sound a little “out there”….The temps tonight are in the mid teens, the Supai river & Mooney falls are making such an amazing sound and there is a beautiful full moon tonight…..It’s a perfect blog writing moment.
As you may already know, we will be launching Discovery Church March of 2013. Before we start such a venture, I am asking friends of Discovery to join Brenda and I in a 21 day fast .
We are asking for direction, guidance and favor in this endeavor.
The 21 day Daniel fast will begin Sunday night @ mid-night January 6th and go through Sunday January 27th Breakfast at 9:00 AM.
Many friends have ask me for a “shopping” list or “menu” for a resource.
So I will do my best from here to update us on our informal shopping guidelines.
The concept of a Daniel fast comes from Daniel 1:8-14, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, ‘I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.’
Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, ‘Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.’ So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.”
Here are some informal menu helps for the 21 day Daniel fast.
GUIDELINES FOR DANIEL FAST
(Foods We May Eat)
Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley
Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed Peas
Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Oats, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon
Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Gingerroot, 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
Liquids: Spring Water, Distilled Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit Juices, 100% All Natural Vegetable Juices
(Foods to Avoid)
All “fast” food – hahahaha ( no really).
Caffeine (are you kidding me?) 😡
Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives
White Flour and All Products Using It
Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products
Please do not risk your health to go on this fast. Consult your doctor with specific question regarding an extended fast.
Brenda and I have been amazed to see what God has done in our lives over the years through fasting and prayer. We can only imagine what He has in store for us over the next few weeks and the year ahead, not only for our family, but for your family and our church.
I am really looking forward to this years 21 days of fasting for Discovery.
Let me know if you are joining us this year.
Fasting for Discovery’s launch