Join us as we corporately seek the Lord for wisdom, direction, focus and growth as we continue to rebuild the ministry of NBCC for better. We also seek the Lord’s direction individually to rebuild specific areas of our lives.
Therefore, we will begin a church-wide 21-day fast on Thursday, January 10th.
WHAT IS FASTING?
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that helps us concentrate intently on God while seeking His guidance, wisdom while entering into a highly focused time of prayer, study, worship, and devotion. Biblical fasting is restricting food for a spiritual purpose. So, you want a purpose for your fast. A targeted focus which will inform your choices about your studies, your prayers, and your declarations. Our targeted focus is REBUILDING. What area needs rebuilding in your life – spiritually, mentally, socially, financially, physically?
We encourage you to have at least one specific purpose for your fast. If not, you will l just be changing the way you eat for a period of time. Remember, fasting is about spiritual growth not about diet or weight loss. Therefore, it is important to define
the purpose of your fast.
THE DANIEL FAST
During the Daniel Fast, you will eat nutritious and healthy foods. We will not eat meat, desserts, sweeteners/sugar, dairy, fried foods, processed foods (see complete food list on reverse side). However, if you have special dietary needs, you should consult your health professional before you start this fast. You can then modify the fast to meet your
specific health needs. When you shop for food remember to READ THE LABELS to make sure the only ingredients in packaged foods are suitable for the Daniel Fast. You will want to be especially aware of chemicals, dairy products, and sweeteners – all of which are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.
PREPARING FOR THE DANIEL FAST
Here are a few things to consider while preparing for the fast to avoid physical reactions as your body conforms to how you are eating during your fast:
- 7-10 days before the fast start tapering off caffeine so that your body is free of caffeine when you start.
- Begin to taper off sugar and processed foods.
- Begin to slowly increase the amount of fiber you consume (fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, etc.)