THE FAVOR OF GOD MINISTRY/THE HOPE CHURCH
21 DAY FAST
We never ask God if we should pray, we never ask God if we should give, nor do we ask God if
we should go to church, so why do we feel it necessary to ask God if we should fast. We know
that praying, giving, serving, and attending church is expected, it is par for the course for life
(the good life) in God. But when it comes to fasting, many like to get super spiritual, and
unnecessarily deep, by wanting to ask God if they should fast. There's nothing impressive, and
more importantly, there is no biblical basis for this. On the contrary, the fast is not something
you asked God if you could do, the fast is done in order to ask God about everything or anything
else. In other words, we fast to fine tune our hearing and discernment for the things we are not
sure we are hearing clearly about through prayer, reading the Word, or in sought counsel. So we
combine all of these with the fast, not because it's a good idea, but because it's a God idea. -
God created fasting a means to knowing Him better, hearing Him more clearly, praying more
fervently, understanding His Word more deeply, living more powerfully, and gaining freedom
from strongholds more assuredly.
biblical definition of fasting – voluntarily refraining from food
and drink at a time and for a time, for spiritual purpose and to give our
full attention to a particular matter.
It must be accompanied with sincere prayer to be effective in drawing close
to God. Follow the J.O.Y. method of structured prayer during your fast- days
1-7:pray for your relationship & growth in J- Jesus, days 8-14- pray for -Others,
days 15-21: pray for - Yourself, what are seeking regarding You!
THE REWARD OF FASTING!
There is a reward: Matthew 6:1-18 ,don’t lose your reward trying to seem deep and spiritual, or
to be seen by men!
Matthew 6:16–18 (NIV84)
16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their
faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward
in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it
will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is
unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
During this 21 day fast, you choose 1 of 3 options:
Option 1: Juice Fast:
water (6 glasses min), broth, & 100% juice varieties. No fruit "drinks" ,
juice cocktails, or smoothies. Look for the label "100% Juice"
Option 2: Daniel Fast:
All Fruits: apples, bananas, blackberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, pears,
pineapples, plums, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon.
All vegetables: asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collard
greens, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, onions, potatoes, spinach, sweet
potatoes, tomatoes, veggie burgers.
All Legumes: pinto beans, split peas, black eyed pea, kidney beans, black beans, white
Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.
All quality oils: olive, canola, grape, seed, peanut, and sesame.
Other: tofu, soy product, vinegar, seasoning, salt, herbs and spices.
(some Daniel fast guidelines exclude the whole grains, nuts, & seeds, it is up to you)
All whole grains: whole wheat, brown rice, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat
All nuts and seeds: sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts.
FOODS to AVOID on the Daniel Fast:
All meat and animal products: beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish
All dairy product: milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs
All sweeteners: sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane
All refined and processed food product: artificial flavoring, food
additives, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial
All deep fried foods: potato chips, French fries, corn chips
All solid fits: margarine, lard and foods high in fat
Beverages: coffee, tea, herbal tea, carbonated beverages, energy drinks,
Option 3: Combination of both options 1 & 2
you may chose to divide your 21 day fast in a certain amount of purely juice
days added to purely Daniel days. For example, some start the 21 days with a
3-7 day period of the Juice Fast in order to launch their fast. Others have split
the days in half, and yet others may split their weeks: 3 days juice/4 days
There is no set formula or perfect combination. Seek God before the fast starts,
and then follow what you hear He is calling you to do. Just stick to that plan
throughout, don't adjust because you want to cheat or switch to fit the situation
Remember, this is a spiritual journey, not a diet.
Please consult your doctor before starting any fast, especially if you have
concerns, questions, or are taking any medications.
For a deeper spiritual understanding : I highly recommend: Fasting by Jentezen Franklin
For a deeper physical understanding of fasting: I highly recommend - Fasting made easy by Dr. Don