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If my people, which are
called by my name, shall
humble themselves, and
pray, and seek my face, and
turn from their wicked
ways; then will I hear from
heaven, and will forgive
their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14
The Daniel Fast...our fast of choice

Matthew 6:16 starts out with... moreover when ye fast... not if you fast.  This
says to me that fasting is not just a good practice, nor is it just a good idea.  
Fasting is something that the Believer is called upon to do on a regular basis.  
Throughout the Bible we see instances where fasting was called upon during
times of great distress.  Fasting was mandated when miracles were needed.  
Fasting was brought on when the people of God needed a closer walk with the
Father.  

Fasting should be a way of life for the Believer.  If you have been praying but not
seeing an answer, add fasting.  If you are feeling that you are distant from the
Lord and can't seem to hear His voice, try fasting.  If you desperately need a
breakthrough, a supernatural turn around, include fasting with your prayers.

When the disciples were unable to remove a demon from a child in Matthew
17:14, the father of the child brought him to Jesus.  Of course Jesus did what the
disciples were unable to do, cast the demon out.  When the father had left, the
disciples wanted to know why they were unable to cast out the demon.  Jesus
spoke of their unbelief, but he also said that kind goeth not out but by prayer and
fasting, Matthew 17:21.  Since Jesus did not tell the father of the child to come
back after he had completed a fast, it stands to reason that Jesus had a lifestyle
of fasting and praying.  He knew the power that comes with this practice.

Always enter into a fast with the right motives in mind.  Fasting and prayer should
be a time of consecration, a time of humbling ourselves before the Lord.  It
should glorify God and show our dependence upon Him.  Dieting should not ever
be our motivation, however, restricting or limiting certain foods from our diets will
certainly result in weight loss over a period of time.  We chose the Daniel Fast
because although it does call for a restriction of certain foods, a person can
certainly live on the foods that are allowed, such as fruits, vegetables and grain.  
If you are a diabetic, you may want to include fish, chicken and turkey into your
food list to ensure that you are receiving the proper amount of protein.  As with
any lifestyle modification, please check with your health care provider if you have
medical concerns.

The time of fasting is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time in the Word,
getting closer to the Lord thereby putting ourselves in position to hear more
clearly from Him.  While we limit our food intake we should also limit any
distraction that would keep us from a real fellowship with God.  We have allowed
television, the Internet and a host of other things to take the place of fellowship
with God in our lives.

We have taken the liberty to direct you to a few websites that we have found to
be very helpful with fasting.  They are Biblically based and loaded with wisdom
that will help you complete this fast successfully, to the glory and honor of our
Father.
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