Good Morning Everyone,
I want to encourage you all concerning the fast. This is a choice that you are making to give God your first through fasting and prayer at the beginning of the year so that you can set the course for the entire year.
Remember, this is your choice; don't feel obligated to fast. Don't make it a law or an achievement. If you're trying not to eat, then you are not fasting. Biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose.
There is a reward to fasting (Matthew 6:16-18) God says if you fast unto Him, He will reward you openly. What is the reward? It's what you are believing God for during the fast. In Isaiah 58, there is a whole list of things you can believe God for: health, healing, revelation, breaking fear and oppression, breaking addictions, and so on. When you sincerely seek God, God always responds to you with a blessing.
Write down what you believe God for. Be committed to the fast, the level of your spiritual commitment is reflected in constant prayer and Word during the fast.
Fasting will take a lot of discipline and strength, which you can only receive from God. If you determine to fast for 21 days, don't stop on day 20. Don't feel condemned if you eat something you shouldn't, don't give up get back on the fast.
We are on the Daniel fast, so that means eating no meat, no sweets, and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.
The first week of the fast will be focusing on yourself.
"Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye, not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except you be reprobates?" (2 Corinthians 13:5 King James Version)
Ask God to show you areas you need to change, attitudes, wrong habits, addictions.
Are there sins in your life that cause sickness?
Learn the effects of the food you eat and the effects on your body.
Begin to repent by asking for forgiveness and changing your way of thinking with the Word.
This fast will be a great blessing to you, be encouraged. You can do this, keep the right attitude concerning it, and you will reap great rewards during the fast and after the fast.
Pastor Elisha Lawson