Pastor Charles E. Brumfield, Jr. 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting March 11, 2013 â€“ March 31, 2013
Remembering Yesterday, Embracing Today, Preparing For Tomorrow
Table of Contents Preparing Yourself For The Fast
What To Expect During A Fast
How To Properly Break A Fast
The Reason For The Declared Fast
Structure For The Fast
Daily Fast Schedule
Remembering Yesterday, Embracing Today, Preparing For Tomorrow
Preparing Yourself For The Fast Introduction Properly preparing your body for a fast not only makes the fast itself easier, but also improves the results. Step One Educate yourself as much as you can about the fasting technique you are going to use. Step Two Write down all the instructions for your fast and organize a plan and schedule on paper before you begin. This is important because once the fast begins, you might try to convince yourself to quit. The schedule can then act as a contract your have made with the fast that you must keep. Remind yourself why you are doing the fast and remember that it is important. Step Three Taper off your addictions in the days prior to the fast. Cut down on caffeine, salt, sugar etc. If you cut them off all of a sudden, expect to experience headaches, stomachaches and a general feeling of discomfort. Step Four Begin eating smaller meals prior to the fast. Resist the temptation to eat a big “last supper” the night before the fast. Cutting down your meals a few days before signals your mind, stomach, and appetite for the fast. Step Five Gather everything you need for your fast before you begin. Tips & Warnings * Plan activities during your fast. Time passes more quickly when you are busy. * Avoid heavy exercising while fasting. Walking and gardening are excellent ways to stimulate your metabolism without straining your body. * Pregnant women and children should not fast. * Consult your doctor before you begin your fast; especially if you have diabetes, heart disease, ulcerative colitis, or epilepsy; if you are under 18 or underwieight; if you are on medications. Understand that many traditional doctors might be hesitant to recommend a fast.
How To Know What To Expect During a Fast
Fasting is not necessarily easy. You’ll need physical and psychological discipline to achieve results. A successful fast will give you clarity of mind, soundness of body, and a greater quality of life. Step One Expect to feel anxiety in the days prior to the fast. Your mind will try to talk you out of fasting with all sorts of excuses. Avoid the temptation to eat a big “last supper” before you fast. Instead, eat lightly on the days before the fast to help prepare your body. Step Two Realize that fasting will teach you a lot about your relationship with food and meals. In the first days of your fast you will feel out of place at meal times. People around you will be eating, going to restaurants and having food-‐related fun. You may feel left out. Take not of these thigs and realize the huge role food plays in the daily routines of people. Step Three Counter your feelings of being left out by becoming involved in your fast. There are lots of things to do” make teas, take baths, skin brush, stretch, meditate, pray, take internal baths. Realize that this is time you have set aside to clean and repair your body. Take it seriously. Step Four Expect to feel impatient and irritable in the first two or three days of your fast. This is your body adjusting from using the food in your digestive tract (which remains for about three days) to consuming stored fats. Just imagine how rarely your body has a chance to eliminate these stored fats with you dumping three meals a day down your throat. Step Five Realize that by the third day your mind and body will be conspiring against the fast to get you to stop. You will smell food cooking five blocks away. Enjoy the smell, but do not eat.
Step Six Expect to stop feeling hungry after three days. By This time your digestive tract is empty and your body has adjusted. If you are fasting properly, you should not feel any physical hunger for many days to come. Step Seven Understand that you may experience aches in certain parts of your body. This usually means that elimination of fatty tissue is taking place in that area of your body, which is not harmful. Lower back pain can be a symptom of dehydration, so make sure to keep hydrated. Any extensive or severe pain should be examined immediately. Step Eight Anticipate headaches, stomachaches and discomfort as a result of salt, sugar, and caffeine withdrawal. Avoid these discomforts by tapering off these addictions in the days prior to your fast. Step Nine Expect changes in your bowel functions. You will have to aid your bowels to keep moving. Step Ten Expect to lose weight, but also expect to put it back on after the fast.
How To Properly Break A Fast Introduction Fasting involves the restriction or elimination of food intake for a period of time. Properly breaking a fast means resuming normal eating patterns. How you start eating again can be as important as the fast itself. Most people find that it can take some time before their bodies are able to completely re-‐adjust to eating regularly. Follow these steps to learn how to break a fast properly. Step One Make your transition back to food very gradually. Take about half the time you spend on the fast to return to your normal eating habits. Start with juices and broths. Step Two Considering taking L-‐Acidophilus supplements to return the normal balance of bacteria and enzymes to your digestive tract. They’re usually quite inexpensive. Step Three Continue drinking plenty of distilled of purified water during the transition period, at least 7 to 10 glasses, each 8 oz., per day. Step Four Choose foods with laxative effects for your first solid meal, such as cherries, grapes or prunes. Sauerkraut is also useful during this time. It helps restore the bacterial balance in your body. Step Five Wait for a few hours after eating your first solid meal in order to ensure it will not make you sick. If all goes well, you can resume eating your normal, and hopefully healthy, diet soon. Remember to eat properly and nutritiously after breaking a fast to restore vitamins and minerals to your system. Overall Tips and Warnings • It is generally considered important to be under medical supervision during any prolonged fast, especially if you’re being treated for specific medical conditions or if you’re taking prescription drugs. Seek immediate medical attention if symptoms from fasting, like fainting and gastrointestinal pain, become too severe.
The Reason For The Declared Fast The reason for this fast is to increase our spiritual awareness and discernment. It is to allow us to be contact with El-‐Elyon (Most High God) and allow Him to speak into our lives without any physical barriers. We Are Believing God For: Increased Anointing Miracles Within Our Personal Life Financial Breakthrough Why We Fast The Bible teaches us to fast because fasting brings about the manifestation of things. • Daniel received his great vision of Daniel 10-‐12 after a three week fast • Moses received the Law after a 40 day fast. • In Luke 2:37 & 38, Anna had been fasting before she got to see the Baby Jesus. • In Acts 10:30, we find that Cornelius the Roman was fasting when he received the vision that told him to send for Peter Prayer and fasting puts you into the best possible position for a breakthrough, allowing you to tap into God’s power and eliminate your worst habits and manifests the answers to your situation and receive abundance into your life.
Structure For The Fast Theme of the fast-‐-‐-‐-‐fasting and prayer: Your goal in fasting is to become closer to God by voluntarily denying the demands of your flesh. Increase your prayer life during this time. Study the Scriptures with a new intensity. When the fast is over, you should have a new spiritual strength from overcoming the cravings that usually control your life and from dedicating yourself to God. Biblical model: Do a personal study of fasting. In the book of Daniel, chapters 2 and 10, Daniel describes two examples of his personal fasting and the dramatic results. Isaiah described God’s chosen fast in Isaiah 58. Jesus fasted in the wilderness (Matthew 4, etc.) and spoke of the necessity of fasting for believers. It was a normal part of early church life. Fasting is one way we respond to the admonition throughout the Scriptures to die to our self-‐will and not to accommodate the desires of the flesh. Following your own conscience: The precise details of your fast are between you and God. In Romans 14, the apostle Paul describes how we should relate in love to one another in the matter of what we eat or choose not to eat. He says, “Each person is free to follow the convictions of his own conscience” (Romans 14, The Message). If you fast often, you may need to turn up your fasting another level during this time. If this is your first fast, you may not be able to endure as many restrictions as someone else who fasts frequently, In the future, live a “fasted lifestyle,” increasingly accommodating God and not the flesh. Accountability and support groups. You will probably be most successful with this fast if you make yourself accountable to at least one other person during this fast. You may want to form a group of from five to seven people who meet occasionally or talk by phone. Encourage one another. If someone falls and eats the wrong foods, do not condemn them. Help them start again. Walk in love and mercy. Restriction television and entertainment: It will be difficult fo you to consecrate yourself if you feed yourself on television and movies during this time. Overview of the fast: The Daniel fast drastically restricts normal food intake by cutting away many of the foods you commonly eat to satisfy your appetite. During the Daniel fast, there will be a sense of hunger much of the time and a sense of sacrifice even when we eat. We recommend that you restrict yourself to only one meal a day, leaving a small hungers. Types of food included in this Daniel fast: • Vegetables, preferably fresh or frozen vegetables. Vegetables such as potatoes, beans, and soybeans will help provide substance.
Pure fruit juice or fruit (no sweetened drinks or sweetened fruit): apple juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice It is advisable to take vitamin, mineral, and possibly protein supplements during the fast. You may also include various nuts to serve as a protein supplement.
Foods not included in this Daniel fast: • Sugar and sugar products (desserts, soft drinks, etc.) • Drinks including caffeine (coffee, tea, etc.) • Bread, grains, and rice • Meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, eggs Water: Drink 8 glasses of water daily throughout the fast. This is very important. Side Effects: You may experience moderate to severe headaches for the first day or two as your body rids itself of caffeine, salt, sugar, and various impurities. You may need to take Advil, aspirin, or a Goodies (smile). Important exceptions: Anyone with a medical condition related to eating or under the treatment of a physician must consult their doctor. Children, especially small children, will have special needs that must be considered. Under these conditions, find some sacrifice in the area of food that can be made without endangering health. Also, if you have extreme difficulty with the fast, such as impairments of your ability to work at your job, you will have to make adjustments. This is not a failure of will but is wisdom. Seek the Lord and discuss it with other Christians involved in the fast to find alternatives. “God’s Kindgom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach…It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts its together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-‐mindedly serve Christ.” (Romans 14, The Message Daily Schedule)
CHOOSE THE FAST THAT IS BEST FOR YOU I have done this in the past and considering following this schedule: The Daniel Fast for the First 11 Days and then the Lemonade Fast For the Last 10 Days Lemonade Fast Step One Combine 2 tbsp. of fresh lemon or lime juice, 1 or 2 tbsp. of organic maple syrups and come cayenne pepper (as your taste allows) per 1 c. of pure water. Step Two Drink a minimum of six cups of this mixture a day for a minimum of 10 days. Eat no solid foods. You may drink herbal teas and water as well. Step Three Keep your bowels moving with laxative teas in the morning and evening to help your body eliminate the toxins accumulating in your colon as the lemonade cleans your entire system. Taking enemas on the last few days is also highly recommended for clearing out your colon. Step Four Break your fast by drinking orange juice for two days to prepare your stomach to assimilate other foods. On the third day, drink orange juice in the morning, raw fruit for lunch, and fruits and salad for dinner. Resume normal healthy eating on the next day.
DAILY SCHEDULE Morning We will meet every morning for prayer via conference call at 6am for prayer. Avoid movies or other distractions that will hinder your spiritual focus. Dial In No.: 218-‐862-‐1000 Access Code: 779983# Begin Your Day In Praise & Worship Read and Meditate on God’s Word, the moment you step out of bed Noon Return to prayer and God’s Word Spend time in intercessory prayer for all leaders, for your family (spiritual and natural) and for your special needs. Evening We ask everyone to pray at 7pm together for God to move amongst up supernaturally.