IT'S TIME TO TURN UP
As we head into 2014, we want to turn up our faith in every area through our 21 day Daniel Fast. This is a time of personal consecration, as we seek God, and expect His best for our lives. Fasting demands sacrifice, and it will require an adjustment to your typical diet. But remember: It’s not about food, it’s about FAITH! Instead, focus your attention on God’s power and desire to answer your prayer. Be sure to download the Daniel Fast calendar, and identify a specific target for each day. This will help drive your motivation for the sacrifices you make each day. Don’t allow yourself to grow overwhelmed by the thought of 21 days. Instead, focus on 1 day – 21 times. Lastly, fill out the Daniel Fast Contract and make a commitment to TURN UP your sacrifice. What are you willing to offer God beyond a change in your diet? What will you trade from 2013 to ensure that you experience God’s best in 2014?
It’s time to TURN UP!!
“God’s kingdom isn’t a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness’ sake. It’s what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Do that and you’ll kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above you and proving your worth to the people around you.” Romans 14:17-18 (MSG)
WHAT IS FASTING
“At that time, I Daniel, mourned for more than three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips…until three weeks were over.” Daniel 10:2-3 (NIV)
Jesus said, “When you fast…” (Matthew 6:16)
This scripture lets us know that fasting isn’t so much a matter of “should I…” but how often? Therefore, now is the time for the Destiny family to unite in prayer, fasting and consecration for the specific purpose of positioning ourselves to be agents of change for others while we experience personal life changes.
As we enter a new year, the Destiny family continues its pursuit of God’s purposes by embarking on another “Daniel Fast”. This annual 21-day fast equips us to fulfill our vision��"“to bring people to Jesus and membership in His family; build them in Christ like maturity; equip them for their ministry in the church and life mission in the world in order to magnify the name of Christ.”
WHY WE FAST
Fasting was an important part of Jewish custom. In the Old Testament, when the Nation of Israel sought to hear God’s voice clearly, repent before the Lord, or conquer an enemy, they engaged in a collective fast (Daniel 9:3-5; Deu 9: 15-18; 2 Chron. 20:3-4). Within the New Testament we see that Jesus not only embarked on a 40 day fast before beginning His ministry, but He also EXPECTED his followers to fast (Matt. 6:16-18; Matt. 9:14-17). During Destiny’s 21 days of fasting and prayer, your objectives are to ask God for His guidance in your life, to seek Him with all your heart, and to find God like you have never found Him before.
OVERVIEW OF THE FAST
Fasting is a voluntary and deliberate abstinence from food (everyday conveniences) for the purpose of concentrated prayer. The Daniel Fast drastically restricts normal food intake by cutting away many of the foods we commonly eat to satisfy our appetite. Usually we gratify ourselves by eating what we want whenever we are hungry. During the fast, there will be a sense of hunger much of the time as we recommend that you limit yourselves to only two meals per day.