RIGHTEOUS LIVING MINISTRIES PRAYER AND FAST - JULY 2023
Saturday, July 1st – Wednesday, July 5th – Eliminate Bread and Sugar
Thursday, July 6th –Monday, July 10th – Eliminate pork, beef and fried foods
Tuesday, July 11th – Wednesday, July 19th – Daniel Fast (fruits/vegetables/nuts/water)
Thursday, July 20th – Friday, July 28th – No eating 6am – 6pm (Daniel fast after 6pm)
Saturday, July 29th – Monday, July 31st – Water only (100% juice if lightheaded)
Remember, the Daniel Fast is for 21 days. It begins on July 11th and runs through July 31st. Also, this is a progressive Fast: meaning, once you eliminate bread and sugar, you eliminate them for the rest of the month. Once you eliminate pork, beef and fried foods, you eliminate them for the rest of the month, etc… However, follow the guidelines that are in bold print below or consult your healthcare professional for modification guidance.
Additionally – Eliminate TV, radio and social media – Tuesday, July 25th – Monday, July 31st. Text and email only for business purposes.
DRINK PLENTY OF LIQUIDS DURING THE ENTIRE FAST!
What to do with your free time:
1.Spend quality family time with your family
3.Read your Bible and pray daily
4.Read a book
5.Pursue balance around the eight areas of life (spiritual, social, career, community, financial, family, health and personal)
6.Set goals/priorities for your family, self, and life
8.Ultimately, grow closer to God and hear from Him
Fasting should never bring harm to the body. And if you have concerns, be sure to consult your health professional before going on the Daniel Fast or making any major dietary change.
The Daniel Fast is a very healthy way to eat! So health professionals will support this eating plan, but might suggest a few modifications if you have health issues that need special attention. For example, pregnant and nursing mothers might get instructions to add fish, chicken and cheese into the Daniel Fast, but otherwise stay the course. Diabetics may need to add more carbohydrates or include chicken and fish. Also, those who are especially active either through sports, bodybuilding or vocation may need to slightly alter the eating plan. (Comment taken from: The Daniel Fast Website on January 16, 2014 http://www.daniel-fast.com/aboutthefast/)
DANIEL FAST WEBSITES
WHAT IS THE DANIEL FAST?
The Daniel Fast is a biblically based partial fast. It is a method of fasting that men, women and young people all over the world are using as they enter into the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting.
There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast. In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast:
Only fruits and vegetables
Only water for a beverage
Then in Daniel 10 we read that the Prophet ate no meat nor any precious breads or foods and he drank no wine for 21 days. So, from this scripture, we get a third guideline:
No sweeteners and no breads
Another important guideline is drawn from Jewish fasting principles, where no leaven is used during the fast. So that’s why yeast, baking powder and the like are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.
Finally, with all the above puzzle pieces, we conclude that no artificial or processed foods nor any chemicals are allowed on the Daniel Fast. When asked about the eating plan on the Daniel Fast, I often say it is a “vegan diet with even more restrictions.” Be sure to read the ingredients on labels of prepared foods to make sure they only include Daniel Fast friendly ingredients. (The Daniel Fast Website: http://www.daniel-fast.com/aboutthefast/)
ADDITIONAL AREAS OF CONSECRATION
No social media from 7/25/2023 – 7/31/2023
No drinking alcohol
No chewing tobacco
No fighting, physically or verbally
Abstain from copulating
Interact with others in love
Read bible 15 – 30 minutes every day
Pray for at least 10 minutes every day
Make a great sacrifice
Make a lifestyle change