DANIEL FAST 2020

Monday January 13th    –    Sunday, January 26th, 2020
Dr. Johnny L. York, Senior Pastor
Rev. Gerald Reid, Associate Pastor
Rev. Henry Massey, Associate Pastor
 
Helpful Hints for Your Fast
Take time to pray and read the Word Take time to rest
Expect to hear God’s voice Prepare for opposition
Eat smaller meals a few days prior to the fast Drink plenty of non-tap water
Avoid high-fat and sugary foods before the fast
It is wise to abstain from strong stimulants such as caffeinated and sugary drinks during a fast, including the artificial sweeteners found in diet drinks. Also, avoid soy protein drinks.
You may have hunger pains or dizziness. Withdrawal from caffeine and sugar may cause headaches but it is a part of the detoxification process. Physical annoyances may also include weariness, tiredness, nausea, and sleepiness.  Expect physical discomforts because of the detoxification process, especially on the second day. 

Avoid bananas for the 1st few days; they have no juice in them and can cause constipation.
Pregnant or nursing mothers should never fast without consulting a Healthcare Provider
If you have been diagnosed with an illness, fasting should only be done under the direct supervisor of a doctor or healthcare professional

Fasting is not a diet! Fasting is a spiritual discipline. It is done not so we can change God’s mind, but rather to get quiet before Him, so we can hear what He is speaking. When we satisfy our flesh with everything that it demands, we tend to drown out God’s voice because we become very preoccupied with self-gratification. During fasting, we take charge of our flesh, making it a servant to our spirit and thus we are able to get in tune with what the Holy Spirit is speaking to us.

After the Fast
Your stomach has been slowly shrinking. By the end of the fast, even the smallest amount of food can make you feel full. After the fast you can relax physically, do not relax spiritually. 
 
What is the Daniel Fast?
The Daniel Fast is a Biblically based partial fast based on two instances of Daniel’s fasting experiences. “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.” Daniel 1:12 

“In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel 10:2-3. Based on the information that we gather from these Scriptures we understand that the Daniel Fast eating plan is vegan in nature, with additional restrictions. 

Daniel Fast Food List
The Daniel fast food list is pretty simple and straight forward. It consists of 6 simple categories:

Fruits 
These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. 
Not packed in sugars or syrups.

Drinks
Spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Whole Grains
This includes but is not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn. Nuts and seeds
This includes but is not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame, olive, canola, etc. 

Also, all natural nut butters including peanut butter. 

Vegetables
These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned Legumes
These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Beans, peas, etc.

Foods to Avoid
All dairy products All sweeteners All solid fats
All meat and animal products All leavened bread and yeast
All refined and processed food products All sweet baked goods
Beverages-caffeinated and sugary drinks All deep fried foods


Preparing for the Fast
*During your Daniel Fast, be sure to set a daily time to come before the Lord, to study His word and His ways.

*Start with a clear personal goal and prayer list in additional to our church prayer list. Be specific. Why are you fasting? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible.

*Prepare spiritually by confessing your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask forgiveness from those you may have offended. Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to hinder you.

*In addition, start easing off things that you feel you cannot live without: ease off caffeine, sugar, animal meat and processed foods. 

*Start drinking more water to flush out toxins faster and make the transition easier.
*If you don’t drink enough water, your body is probably used to storing water. Water retention = extra unwanted weight. Before and during the fast you need to learn to consume enough water to stay hydrated. How much water exactly? 
The suggestion is: HALF OF YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN OUNCES
So, if you weigh 180 lbs., you should drink 90 oz. of filtered 
water a day.

*By increasing the fluid consumption, you will help your body to flush out toxins and train it not to store extra water. You can drink warm/hot water throughout the day with a wedge of lemon to help reduce fluid retention. However, make sure that the water you drink is without chemicals as much as possible.
 
Church Prayer List 
  *Our Nation, President, Leaders in all government levels
  *Dr. and Mrs. Johnny L. York & family, Associate Pastors & families,
  *Praise Assembly Church Leaders and Volunteers, All Praise Assembly Church Members & families
  *Continued spiritual growth within the church and individually
  *Increase in personal evangelism
  *For Praise Assembly Church Ministries to function in the Next Dimension

Your Personal Prayer List