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Pastor Charles E. Brumfield, Jr. 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting March 11, 2013 – March 31, 2013

Expecting Miracles


Remembering Yesterday, Embracing Today, Preparing For Tomorrow

Table of Contents Preparing Yourself For The Fast

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What To Expect During A Fast

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How To Properly Break A Fast

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The Reason For The Declared Fast

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Structure For The Fast

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Daily Fast Schedule

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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      

Introduction

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.    


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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.        

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