Sunday, February 28, 2010

Honour God with My Body

Trish shared,
"I went on the Daniel Fast only eating fruit and vegies for 21 days. During that Fast I realised I wanted to honour God with my body weight. I have made serious changes to my diet. Walk 4-5 days a week. Spend time with Him in the Word and Prayer daily. It means being really serious about a relationship with Him, and wow what benefits!!! Praise Him!!"

Thank you for sharing your encouraging words Trish. Allow me to add a couple Scriptures from The Message version of the Bible that reinforce your point.

It is not for our own glory or vanity that we are careful what we eat. It is for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 MSG "So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you--you're eating to God's glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God's glory."

Men and women alike need to take care of our bodies, for they are the temple of the Holy Spirit!
1 Corinthians 6:19 MSG "Or didn't you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you."
Therefore, we must take good care of our bodies. Many common diseases are easily prevented with good nutrition and exercise.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Food Addiction and Emotional Eating

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"I need deliverance from food addiction and emotional eating including anger/intolerance/control. My husband and I are separated, my children are in bondage and I am in debt. My ministry needs much help and support. Please pray for my grandchildren and my mother, brothers and sisters are having health problems. God bless. This is my first Daniel Fast." Name withheld
Dear Heavenly Father. So many of us are experiencing these same issues. Heal each one with Your mighty power. Give us self control from your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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Friday, September 4, 2009

Help from God

Mrs. M asked, "In doing this fast are there a certain amount of things that i can ask for help for from God."
There is no limit. However, we find it is best to have a clear primary focus for your prayers. It is helpful to have a prayer journal, where you keep track of your requests and God's answers to prayer. Prayer Journals at Amazon.com

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Susie's advice and broccoli recipe

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First, allow your hunger to be your reminder to bring your prayers/petitions before His throne. Then, afterwards eat the foods listed.

One favorite dish is to use: 2-3 T. Olive Oil,to med. high heat; Add chopped Broccoli florets, chopped Red Onion, 2 Cloves Garlic, several Carrots sliced thinly, and a little Ginger. Stir constantly, then use Soy Sauce to taste. Enjoy! Susie
Thanks Susie, for your good advice. Sounds tasty! Many avoid soy sauce, because it is fermented. You can replace soy sauce with lemon juice and salt.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Let us pray one for another

The information on your webpage was quite informative. I did a Daniel fast in January of 08, and will be embarking on another fast in January of 09 for 21 days. I will encourage anyone who wants to see change in their life to seek the discipline the fast requires. Let us pray one for another. Lynnette
Thanks Lynnette!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Randall's Daniel Fast Preparation

I have to say the Daniel Fast truly was a breakthrough for me. It makes you truly look at God and what He has for you and your life.

Spiritual preparation
I can say that spiritually you really need to pray and seek God seriously before you start. Be in your earnest moments with God. Tell Him audibly that You are ready and expecting a mighty and swift move from Him. You don't know, going into this fast, just how serious God is taking you.

Physical preparation
Physically I can say that if you drink caffeine or are a coffee junkie you need to definitely start about a week and a half before the rest of your fast by starting your beverage switch. If you still have any body side effects you can soften by a simple half pill of Tylenol or Excedrin. The fast asks you not to consume caffeine. So you're okay, if you can do the pain reliever before you start you fast.

Also, I feel that before your fast if you are a heavy meat eater I would suggest looking at your meat/protein alternatives before you start too. It will not present such a shock to your body. I myself ate a tremendous amount of foods while on the fast (twice as much as normal) and did not have any sort of problems.

Results
For my results, I found my skin was more clear at the end of the fast. My digestion processes saw a tremendous improvement. I lost 14 lbs (This is not a weight-loss plan). I woke up refreshed and had so much more energy. I found out that a lot of the processed foods I previously consumed were a hindrance to my health to rather than a help.

Difficulties
I always was craving something sweet.I found a whole wheat tortilla, peanut butter and bananas made a great snack burrito. Do not bake with Stevia, its horrible. LOL!

I hope this helps you and guides you. God opened doors for me soon after I finished the fast, and has kept on blessing me since I did this, please take this fast serious, you won't regret it ever.


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Friday, December 19, 2008

Marion's Preparation Tips

As a Daniel Fast veteran, I prepare for the Fast by cutting down on foods that I will be eliminating during the fast. I know it will be hard during the holidays. But, if not now, then right after the Christmas holiday, start cutting back on sweets, dairy, meats, breads, etc. Once your body starts having less of these things in its system, it won't miss them so much.

I also start gathering foods that I know I will be eating (nuts, no sugar applesauce, cooking vegetables and freezing them, etc.)

Start planning your menu
plans of foods that you can have. This way your mind is not fixed on what you can't have because you already have things set up. I find that I stay more committed this way.

For spiritually preparation, you can go on a "denial" fast here and there (ie: don't eat until after 4pm or don't eat from 12noon one day til 12noon the next day). Start getting your mind and body disciplined. Increase your prayer time and studying the word.

I find once I start disciplining myself, praying and studying the word more, the more "in-tune" I am with God, and the more I can hear Him talking to me and leading me.

I hope this helps!!!

May you all be successful in your consecration to the Lord!

Be Blessed!!!
Thanks for your great tips Marion!


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

4 Quick Preparation Tips

1. Start looking at labels and doing your shopping before fasting!
My first few days were a challenge. I was not used to reading the food labels and making sure I packed better lunches. Man was that work!!! My menu? Most of my items came from a semi-health food store. -Alison

2. Check out Jentezen Franklin's fasting information!
I will be once again joining Jentezen Franklin for the 21-day corporate fast on Jan. 6th?? (it may be a different date this year), and I look so forward to God's great power over my prayer requests and in favor of my dear family for growth in Jesus Christ to glorify His holy Name. God bless you all! -Susie
Thanks for sharing Jentezen Franklin's fasting information with us Susie! I would also recommend downloading his excellent November 2008 Connection magazine guide about Fasting. If you click on the link, you can download Jentezen Franklin's free PDF version of Connection. It has many pages of helpful advice.

3. Start a journal or notebook
Its a time I reflect on my realationship with God.Pray about it and know why you are doing it, what you want to achieve in the fast. Keep a note book to record your reflections, meditations, your lows and your highs etc. -Helen
Start your Daniel Fast notebook now, before your fast, with your prayer requests, goals and ideas. Prayer Journals at Amazon.com

4. Begin praying before your fast!
I personally like to start praying about a month before the fast. I have only done 21 day no food total fasts, so I am not an expert Daniel Fast respondant. I do know that when I start a fast without praying first, I usually fail. -Eddie
Thanks for your emphasis on prayer before fasting Eddie!

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Roshanda's Preparation for Daniel Fast

Thank you for the invitation to share encouragement with others who will partake of this very special and personal communion with God. I discovered that during the fast that I needed to remember the purpose, the goal for embarking on the journey, believe me it was a journey for me. I enjoy carbohydrates and coffee, and tea. I would suggest one stops drinking these types of beverages (caffeinated) a few days if not weeks before the fast.

Since I am the home-maker, wife, mother, in a "peaceful home" of different levels of commitment, I needed a constant reminder of "why" the Daniel Fast was, is necessary for my spiritual awakening. I prepare the meals for this household, and my diet was frowned upon, yet preparing food for my family presented a constant temptation.

So I guess you have gathered that my main focus was on the purpose, I know God does not need me to fast, He reminded Daniel that he was heard from the beginning of his supplication, - I need to fast so I remember that God hears me, I need to fast so I am humbled and able to hear God in the midst of daily life. To whom ever reads this, I pray that above all you find strength in Jesus Christ as you pursue the most valuable relationship ever presented to man.

Much love in His name, Jesus Christ,
Roshanda
Thank you for your excellent advice Roshanda!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Thank you for informative site

Thank you for this very informative site. This is the first day of our 21, possibly longer journey and of the fast. I am personally seeking a closer relationship with God that will free me, release me from cowardliness, so that I may exercise boldness in proclaiming the word of God in faith with wisdom and discernment, thank you and may the God of all hope continue to fill you with the Holy Spirit that you may continue boldly with courage in your walk with and for Christ Jesus.

With the love of Christ Jesus,
Roshanda


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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Great Deal of Back Pain

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My wife and I are on the Daniel's Fast for three days now. I am doing great, but my wife is have a great deal of pain from her lower back all the way through her legs (both sides). Is this a normal side effect?
Alvin
Thanks for your e-mail Alvin.

We're sorry to hear of that your wife isn't well. We've never heard of back or leg pain as a side effect of the Daniel Fast Diet. It would be best to contact your medical professional/doctor. Let them know that you are on the 3rd day of a vegan diet. If there is a connection, please let us know!

Hope this is helpful.

Let's pray: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the faith You're giving Alvin and his wife to trust in You to do the Daniel Fast. We pray that you would heal his wife and remove the cause of her pain. In Jesus holy name we pray. Amen

Update on Sat, 1 Mar 2008
Thank you so much for your prayers...my wife is feeling better. Based on what I was told from other sources, my wife is experiencing some detox effects from caffeine, sugar, and other chemicals. The symptom is considering quite normal and should disappear within a week. Hope this information is helpful to other people who are having the similar problem.

God Bless,

Alvin
Thanks for your follow-up Alvin. We're all glad to hear your wife is feeling better. Your wife's detox side effects of Daniel's Fast Diet re-enforce how dangerous these chemicals can be for some of us.

Take care and happy Daniel Fasting!
Mike

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Can I Drink Flavored Water?

I just came off of a 4 day Daniel Fast and I have decided to continue to fast 1 day a week. I drink a lot of flavored water, can I drink this on my 1 day fast.
Charlotte


Good to hear from you Charlotte. God bless you as you creatively practice the Daniel Fast Diet.

Read the label. If they contain artificial sweeteners, sugar or high fructose corn syrup, you should avoid them. In addition, you may decide to avoid them to make your one day fast more of a sacrifice. Then when you desire the foods that you are avoiding, like flavored water, use that as a reminder to pray about the specific reason you are fasting. We prefer to drink lots of filtered water during the Daniel Fast.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Like a Ton of Bricks: Daniel Fast

Good Evening Farho's,

I first want to thank you for creating such an easy to read web site that is so inviting. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Moments ago, I was on my face, hands and knees, crying out to God in prayer for the healthy recovery of one of my best friends. Exactly one week ago, he was involved in a very bad car accident that has left him unconscious though responsive, in ICU. I was praising God for the blessings he has heaped on me and my family, and asking for God's blessing over my friend and his family, as well as his salvation. That's when the thought hit me like a ton of bricks: Daniel Fast.

Is it acting in faith, in accordance with God, to do a Daniel fast for a friends recovery and salvation? An urgent reply is greatly appreciated.
Caroline
Thank you for your encouragement Caroline.

Fasting with an attitude of love and to God's glory, is always in accordance with His will. We strongly encourage you to do the Daniel Fast and to pray for the healing of your friend. Let your life overflow with thanks to God for the healing, even before it happens. Unfortunately, our timing isn't always God's timing. Even Daniel prayed long and hard for 21 days for God to move His hand, but the spiritual battle took time and the answer was slow to come. Daniel 10:13 At other times, God answers immediately.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Low blood pressure coupled with anemia

I would also like to thank God for healing me. You might recall that last week I had commenced on the Daniel fast that was to last for 10 days. I felt that all was going well but towards the 2nd day of my fast, I started feeling sick, eventually after 3 days I had to stop as it was having an impact on my body and I got quite sick. I have low blood pressure coupled with anemia and during my fast I might not have been eating enough to sustain my body.

I thank and praise God for making me well and I thank all of you for praying with me. Today is my first day back at work and I will continue my walk of faith and continue growing spiritually and praying with you.

May God bless you.
Good to hear from you! So sorry to hear you had trouble with your Daniel Fast. I will add your comments to our blog without your name, so others who have the same issues will be careful. You did the right thing to stop your fast. Thank you for being on our prayer team.


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Monday, February 11, 2008

Bill Bright Juice Fasting

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I just started the Daniel fast today with grape juice, I wonder is it still a fast if I do juice and water for 21 days added with prayer and speaking the word of God over my life and the life of others? I am so grateful that I found this wonderful website. Thank you so much.
Yvette

Thanks for your e-mail Yvette. The Daniel Fast is a partial fast. You can eat all the foods in the food to eat list, but you must try not to eat those in the foods to avoid list.

If you decide to consume only juice and water for 21 days, you can do that too. Bill Bright called that Juice Fasting.
"I personally recommend and practice water and juice fasting, especially if you are going to fast for an extended period of time. This type of fast will provide you with more energy than absolute or water-only fasts and still lead you into the humbling experience of denying your desire for solid food that you can chew." Rev. Bill Bright Read more at Bill Bright's Fasting Website
I have done juice fasting. It is a wonderful way to focus your thoughts on the Lord for an extended fast. You definitely won't waste a lot of time cooking! The Daniel Fast is very cooking intensive, since we are avoiding processed foods.

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Thanks,
Mike

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Duration of Effective Daniel Fast Diet?

Please help me pray to get the job that I have applied for as a Chief Executive officer. I truly believe that this is the job that God has set aside for me for I can do all things through Christ Jesus that strengthens me Phil:4:13

I greet you all in the wonderful name of Jesus. I fasted last week for 5 days where I deprived myself food from morning and broke my fasts at 6pm in the evening. I am now interested in the Daniel fast but was wondering how long I would have to do it for it to be effective. How can I strengthen my fast for me to strengthen my relationship with God and for me to get the results that I am looking for?

God Bless you

Dear Friend,
Some people do the Daniel Fast for 10, 21, or 40 days and others for a lifetime. It will be effective, whether you see the results you desire or not. God is faithful! Even if we don't like His response to our prayer and fasting, it is the best thing for us. Trust in Christ alone for salvation and try your first Daniel Fast! You'll be glad you did.

Sincerely,
Mike

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

My daniels diet went well

Dear: Mike Farho and family
I pray that you and your family are doing well. Your emails always touch me, and i will always pray for you, your family and that God will further bless and grow you and your ministry. My daniels diet went well, i prayed and decieded to eat in small portions and add more fruits and vegetables and drink nothing but water i hope that was close to daniels diet. Thank you for your website it really helped and to email you with questions also helped a lot. Sarah

Thanks so much Sarah. We're grateful that the Daniel Fast has meant so much to you. It sounds like you did a great job. Thanks for writing and encouraging others to do the Daniel fast diet. Mike

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Read the Bible and Pray

My question is, while on the Daniel Fast, how often do you have to read the Bible and pray? We have our chores we do during the day. Thank you for this information. Buck

Dear Buck,
Try to set a regular time to read the Word, whether it be ten minutes or an hour. I listen to an Audio Bible on my mp3 player while I exercise in the morning.

My goal for prayer, whether doing the Daniel Fast Diet or not, is to pray without ceasing. That has many manifestations. Some times it is doing my chores to the best of my ability to the glory of God. Other times it means praying with my eyes open for people and things I see as I go through the day. Sue and I use the ACTS prayer method every night before bed. Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Pray for 3-10 minutes each category. Mike

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Praying for you during my fast

I have been encouraged by your website. I am going thru a very difficult time
financially. I realize this is small compared to what you face as a family
everyday. I will be praying for you during my fast. That God will give you
favor, strength and greater anointing to do his work. Please stay strong in the
lord and the power of his might.
God Bless,
Annette

Dear Annette,
May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you with a wonderful financial breakthrough. May He supply all your needs through His miraculous power. Amen

We'd love for you to join our prayer team. We send out very short updates every Tuesday.

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

My first day on the Daniel fast

In an answer to prayer, I found your website shortly after midnight on 02/02/08. So here I am today. A few hours of sleep and well into my first day on the fast. I'm looking forward to seeing what God has for me. He is always so faithful when we trust in him completely. My question is, what is your opinion about sugar free, plain soy milk and tofu? Kim

Dear Kim,
Thanks for your encouraging e-mail Kim. We're glad you found us too!

Technically, soy products are OK. However, there is still great debate about the health effects of these products. Google "soy thyroid".

We don't take a stand on the issue at our Daniel's Fast Diet website, but we don't eat soy products in our home.

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