Different Types of Fasting and Praying By Pastor Jentezen Franklin

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    See below of Pastor Franklin information on different ways of fasting. He like myself have been doing this since the age of 19. He knows alot about fasting and praying. We just finish a Daniel fast of 21 days with his church. Read everything below very, very good information to help you with your jouney of fasting. I like to do different types fast but I always consult God first in every desicion I do. Here is a link of his church in Georgia 15,000 members strong.


    http://www.jentezenfranklin.org/fasting/

    Free Chapel /Kingdom Connection 2010 Fast, January 10-31, 2010

    Fast Answers on.How to Fast?

    Please consult your doctor, especially if you have health problems or you are taking special medications. Limit physical exercise when going on any type of fast. We encourage prayer and study of the Word while Fasting. If this is your first fast, please consider combining the Fasts.

    EXAMPLE: Pastor Franklin will do something like this for our corporate fast: Days 1-3 liquids (includes: water, juice, Ensure, instant breakfast, etc.) Remaining days of fast would be the information that is included in the Daniel?s fast and/or anything that you would consider a sacrifice to the Lord.

    The type of Fast you decide on is between you and God.

    Establish your fasting goals - why you are fasting?

    Examples of fasting:
    Full Fast - drinking only liquids (you establish number of days.) Consult your doctor.
    Daniel Fast - Eat no meat, no sweets, no bread and drink water and juice. Eat fruit and vegetables. (veggie burgers are an option as well if you are not allergic to soy) Some people drink Ensure, Instant Breakfast, etc.
    3-Day Fast: This fast can be any type of Fast, Full Fast - Daniel's Fast, Just give up one food. It could be a sacrifice other than food.
    Partial Fast - Fast until 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun-up to sundown-? this Fast can also be any type of Fast.
    Fast of Sacrifice - giving up television or anything that would be a sacrifice for you personally.

    Confess your sins and forgive all and ask to be forgiven all and remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing. (Isaiah 58; Jeremiah 14:12; I Corinthians 8:8).

    Suggestions For Ending Fast -
    Start back slowly on your regular eating schedule.


    If yours was a total fast:

    The first 2 days begin with juice or broth. On the 3rd and 4th days you may add fruits and vegetables. After 4th day, slowly add meats, fish, breads and sweets and add dairy products last - and slowly. If discomfort takes place, back down to 4th day again and slowly add in your suggested food groupings.

    Scripture on Fasting: Matthew 6: 16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18: 9-14. Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word: 1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3,20, Joel 2:12, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30, Acts 13:2, 1 Corinthians 7:5. Corporate Fasting: 1st Samuel 7:5-6, II Chronicles 20:34, Ezra 8:21-23, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Joel 2:15-16, Jonah 3:5-10, Acts 27:33-37

    Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing. (Isaiah 58; Jeremiah 14:12; I Corinthians 8:8. May God greatly bless you as you fast)!


    May God greatly bless you as you fast!



    Fast Answers from Pastor Franklin

    Q: How should I fast?A: Start with a clear goal. Why are you fasting? Do you need guidance, healing, restoration of marriage or family issues? Are you facing financial difficulties? Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance. Pray daily and read the Bible. Fasting brings about miraculous results. You are following Jesus example when you fast.


    Q: What should I fast?
    A: That is up to you. It may be a full fast in which you drink only liquids, or you may desire to fast like Daniel and eat no sweet breads, no meat and nothing but water to drink. Perhaps you only want to eat vegetables. If nothing else, you can fast watching television or anything else which would be a sacrifice from you normal day to day activities. Remember to replace that time with prayer and Bible study.

    Q: How long should I fast?
    A: You may fast as long as you like. Most people can fast easily from 1-3 days, with some mild discomfort, but you can extend your fast to 21 days or even 40 days! Use wisdom and prayer for guidance. Beginners are advised to start slow.

    Q: Isn't fasting supposed to be private?

    A: Most of the fasts mentioned in the Bible were public fasts called by the priests, but Jesus gave us the model for private fasts in Matthew 6:16-18; 9:14, 15.

    Q: How do I prepare myself to fast?
    A: Confess your sins to God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of weakness. Forgive all who have offended you and ask for forgiveness from those who you may have offended. (Mark 11:25; Luke 11:4; 17:3,4) Surrender your life fully to Jesus Christ and reject the worldly desires that try to stop you. (Romans 12:1, 2)

    Prepare yourself physically. If you have health concerns, consult your doctor prior to fasting and explain what you plan to do. This is especially important if you take prescription medications of have a chronic ailment. Some people should never fast without professional supervision. While on your fast, limit your activity and exercise only moderately. Take time to rest. Be ready for some physical discomforts especially early in the fast. Your body is detoxifying and you may be having withdrawal from caffeine and sugars. You may have headaches, hunger pains and even become irritable! Spend time listening to praise and worship, pray as often as you can throughout the day. Get away from the normal distractions as much as possible and keep your heart and mind seeking God's face.

    End your fast slowly. Don't overeat when the time comes to end your fast. Begin eating solid foods gradually and eat smaller portions or snacks until your body is re-accustomed to eating solid foods.
     
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    Re: Different Types of Fasting and Praying By Pastor Jantzen Franklin

    Part II


    The Daniel Fast
    “Fasting For Health And Healing”


    This information was primarily taken from the book “Fasting For Spiritual Breakthrough: A Guide to Nine Biblical Fasts” by Elmer L. Towns, published in 1996 by Regal Books, Ventura, California.

    Our body is designed to heal itself. When a disease enters our body from bad dietary habits or from the outside, our bodies begin to fight it. Doctors, surgery, or medicines are most often designed to remove the source of the problem, but the healing is done by the body itself. Many common diseases are easily prevented with basic good nutrition and exercise habits.
    * * *
    STEP ONE: BE SPECIFIC

    Daniel was not vague in his objection to the Babylonian diet. He defined the problem immediately.

    1. The king’s food was against dietary laws.
    2. Daniel and his friends had vowed against wine.
    3. The king’s food had been offered up to idols/demons.


    STEP TWO: FAST AS A SPIRITUAL COMMITMENT

    The Daniel Fast involves a spiritual commitment to God. “Daniel proposed in his heart that he would not defile himself” (Dan. 1:8).


    STEP THREE: REFLECT INNER DESIRE BY OUTER DISCIPLINE

    Many people have an inner desire for better health, but they can’t discipline themselves to avoid junk food, and other foods that were not good for health. The physical health you seek from God may be more than an answer to prayer. Your physical health may be linked to any of the following factors:

    a. Your food choices.
    b. The level of your spiritual commitment as reflected in constant prayer during the fast.
    c. Your time commitment. If you determine to fast for a certain time, keep it. For example, if you determine to fast 10 days, don’t stop on Day 9.
    d. Your testimony commitment. Your fast is a statement of faith to God that you want Him to heal your body.

    Faith is foundational to the Daniel Fast.


    STEP FOUR: PRAY TO PERCEIVE SIN’S ROLE IN POOR HEALTH

    Notice James 5:13-16:

    • Sin is something related to the cause of sickness.
    • Lack of health/healing may be the result of spiritual rebellion.
    • Lack of health/healing may be due to sin of wrong intake, i.e. drugs, pornography.
    • Repentance is linked to health according to James.
    • Elders have a role in healing both spiritual and physical health.
    • Sick people must desire to be well
    • The anointing oil could mean
    1. medicine for healing,
    2. symbolic of the Holy Spirit, or
    3. it could be baptism
    • Prayer alone may not gain healing, faith is the major factor.
    • In Greek there are several words for “sick”. James uses “Kanino”, which not only includes disease, but also means weak or weary.
    • Attitude is important. James said, “are there any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.”


    STEP FIVE: FAST AS A STATEMENT OF FAITH TO OTHERS

    Daniel was making a statement of faith when he asked for only vegetables to eat and water to drink, then dared the overseer to compare the appearance of the four sons of Israel with the young men who ate the king’s food.


    STEP SIX: LEARN THE EFFECTS OF THE FOOD YOU EAT

    Why are some foods good for us, and other foods not? What does certain food do to your body? If we really knew, there would likely be some things we would never eat again.


    STEP SEVEN: YIELD ALL RESULTS TO GOD

    Daniel said, “as you see fit, deal with your servants” (Dan. 1:13).

    REMEMBER:

    • The Daniel Fast will lead to spiritual insight. “to those four young men God gave knowledge”.
    • The Daniel Fast is longer than one day. These young men fasted for ten days.
    • The Daniel Fast is a partial fast. They ate, but only vegetables and water.
    • The Daniel Fast requires abstinence from party or junk foods.
    • There is no indication that they ever began to eat the king’s food.

    GUIDELINES FOR DANIEL FAST
    (Foods We May Eat)


    Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Barley

    Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed
    Peas

    Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boy-
    senberries, Cantelope, Cherries, Cranberries, Oats, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Rasberries, Strawberries, Tangeloes, Tangerines, Watermelon

    Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Gingerroot, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Squashes, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini

    Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts

    Liquids: Spring Water, Distilled Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit Juices, 100% All Natural Vegetable Juices

    (Foods to Avoid)

    Meat
    White Rice
    Fried Foods
    Caffeine
    Carbonated Beverages
    Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives
    Refined Sugar
    Sugar Substitutes
    White Flour and All Products Using It
    Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products
     
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    Re: Different Types of Fasting and Praying By Pastor Jantzen Franklin

    This was very informative Star, thank you for all your encouragement and commitment to prayer and fasting. I pray that the Lord increases you and gives you the desires of your heart. Amen
     
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    Thank you and God bless for the prayer. I love serving you ladies. Anything to get you closer to God would bring me great joy.:)
     
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    Very informative! I think I need to do a Daniel fast very soon. Off to the grocery for lots of fruits and vegetables!!

    BE BLESSED!
     
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    One of many things I love about God he hits several things at once. This type of fasting is good for spirit and wonderful cleansing at the same time for the body.
     
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    I'm curious. Has anyone ever been on a fast were you don't eat or drink anything? That's the only kind of fast we do in the type of church I belong to. The longest I've been without food or drink is 3 days. Has anyone every went longer? Could you describe how you felt? The longer you went without food or drink was it easier? Like I said just curious.:)
     
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    If i was to do this type of fast do you think it would be okay for me to still take my vitamins (biotin, liquid msm, eveningprimerose oil)?:confused:
     
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    My church is going a very strict consecration beginning in and including the month of January. I am really praying to complete the Daniel Fast. Please keep me in prayer.
     
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    I know it that time year again Jentzeen Franklin's church does the national fast and praying for 21 day and it is powerful. Be blessed and trusting God to keep you during your consecration to Him.
     
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