Fasting Series Part 2 – How do I Fast? Daniel Fast and 40 Day Fast

40 day Fasts are good for Breaking Old Habits and Launching New Ones

40 day Fasts are good for Breaking Old Habits and Launching New Ones

In Part 1 of this Fasting Series on How Do I Fast? we looked at various ways to fast such as giving up a meal a day, a water-only fast or a juice fast.  Here we look at two more methods of fasting.

A Daniel fast, as described in Daniel 10:3, requires abstinence for three weeks from delicacies, meat and wine.  This type of diet works well in corporate fasting.  Joining with others to pray for a city or a church or a school or a nation has powerful results.  Extended fasts seem to have long term effects—especially done corporately.  My Aglow lighthouse does this in January every year for all who want to join.  We are seeing very positive results from doing this over a 5 year period every January.  Jantzen Franklin’s church does this every January to launch their church family year together.

 

40 day fasts are particularly good to breaking old habits or patterns or launching new ones.  There is a lot of precedence to 40 day fats in the Bible for starting new ministries, which Jesus did before he started his ministry years.  The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years before crossing over the Jordan into the Promised Land.  There are 40 weeks to birthing a human baby.  For this type of fast, it helps to fast for one meal and from certain foods.  Suggestions of things to give up include coffee for 40 days, butter, alcohol, sugar, snack foods or junk foods.  Some people take on a new thing like exercise or committed prayer time or reading the Bible consistently.  The accompanying prayer is about the process of letting go of something (someone) and/or the process of adapting a new thing into one’s life.

 

See also Fasting Series Part 1 – How do I Fast? Fasting Foundations

See also Fasting Series Part 3 – How do I Fast?  Alternative Fasts – Taking Something On

See also Prayer and Fasting Series:  God Changes Me Before Changing the Circumstances


Fasting Series Part 1 – How do I Fast? Fasting Foundations

How do I Fast?  Fasting Options Outlined

How do I Fast? Fasting Options Outlined

Why we are fasting determines which type of fast to consider.  Are we fating to grow intimate with God?  Are we fasting to be more effective in our prayer life?  Do we want to get rid of (essentially kill) a habit in our life or get over a past relationship that won’t leave our heart?  Do we want to start something new in our lives?  Do we want to seek an answer for God’s heart for direction in our lives?  What we want to accomplish might suggest how we go about fasting.

Success at fasting also depends on what kind of an eating schedule one has options for.  If one has many social obligations around food, it’s hard to fast during public moments and not say anything.  Fating is not about drawing attention to oneself.

God notices whatever sacrifice we make with our eating patterns.  If we give up one meal a day, no one might notice and we go through a small blood sugar lull.  But our bodies don’t really suffer.  We might have to watch our attitude and not snap at people.  These are doable and can be effective in praying for specific answers to prayer, or interceding for others. We join them in our fasting with them.

More dramatic is to give up food for a day, or two or three days. This can be done with a water-only fast or with a juice fast.  Juices are good for multiple days since the body can get nutrients and vitamins, even at a minimal level.  One gets plenty hungry, but the body does fine.  These can be very effective for people who are in deliverance ministries and/or healing ministries.  It increases authority in the spiritual realm.  It also brings us closer to God.  Some people do these kinds of one day fasts routinely to keep themselves ready for when God asks them to pray deliverance prayers.

See also Fasting Series Part 2 – How do I Fast? The Daniel Fast and 40 Day Fast

See also Fasting Series Part 3 – How do I Fast?  Alternative Fasts – Taking Something On

See also Prayer and Fasting Series – Exploring  Reasons to Fast


Prayers for the Parched: Making Good Decisions

We are Wise to Seek God in our Decisions

We are Wise to Seek God in our Decisions

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.  1 Corinthians 14:3

This prayer was written after a long night deciding whether to take a position being offered with a different organization.  I asked a lot of people to pray for me while I weighed out the options.  There was no peace in my heart for accepting the position at that time, so I turned down the opportunity.  It felt like a sacrifice.  I gave my answer and then wondered if I had done the right thing.  These declarations were made to reestablish that God is indeed working in the course of my decisions making.

 

I will make good decisions

I do not have the spirit of confusion

I walk in clarity because I have the mind of Christ

I do heart from God

I walk in the will of the Lord

Even when I make mistakes,

the Lord mixes them into the recipe for my life

producing good things and blessing

His glory is manifest in me

His glory is untarnished by my mistakes

 

Jesus’ salvation is everlasting

So I continue to walk in favor

His purposes will come about, even as I sleep

 

Everything that has been sacrificed for God

will be multiplied in the kingdom terms

 


Prayers for the Parched: Motivated by Love

Nature is one way of experiencing God's Love

Nature is one way of experiencing God’s Love

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and leasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world. But be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods’ will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:1-2

 

Lord,

You are love

Love is the strongest motivator on earth

Jesus, you died because of your love for me

Holy Spirit, you operate out of love

I choose to respond to this love

Draw me closer to your love

 

I have usually waited till calamity to change

To adjust my ways, to reposition

I now choose to focus on your love

Out of love and trust, I open myself to change

Transition me from responding to negative circumstances

To responding positively to your proven love

Deepen my love to the point of changing my behavior

 

May your love transform me

With your love at the core of my being, renew my mind

From my loved heart, may all my words be filtered with love


Prayers for the Parched: Beholding God

Waterfalls remind us of flowing in God's Love

Waterfalls remind us of flowing in God’s Love

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek:  that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.  Psalm 27:4

 

Let me behold you and learn from that gaze

new things about you, O Lord

One thing I ask of you

that I may seek and find you

And dwell in your presence

now and forever

 

Until we get to heaven, it’s such a gift to behold God in nature.  Looking at a river or the ocean or a waterfall for a good long length of time is a treat.  Sometime gazing at a waterfall or a flower or a garden for 20 minutes can seem like a few hours.  It’s one of God’s gifts back to is to give us time as we take time to ponder him.

 

Heaven does not seem dull or boring.  The throne room may have a place to be “undone” by the majesty of his love—a place to soak and enjoy nothing but his everlasting love for us. In addition, there are many places in heaven to go and do and see and learn.  I think we get glimpses of heaven when we do pause to take in the beauty of his creation.


Prayers for the Parched: Flowing in Love

Waterfalls remind us of flowing in God's Love

Waterfalls remind us of flowing in God’s Love

The thief cometh not, but for to steak, and the kill, and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  John 10:10 KJV

There is not fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear because fear hath torment.  He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4;18 KJV

And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.  An d one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.  Revelation 5:4-5 KJV

 

Many people don’t walk in the abundant life because they are filled with fears. If we’re walking in love, there’s no room for fears.  If we’re walking in love, there’s no room for fears.  Our fears are choking the abundant life.  So we need perfect love to cat out the fear.  Jesus provides that perfect love.  Jesus came to break the seals.  Jesus’ love is available to break the seals of fear Satan tried to put on our lives.  This allows love to flow freely. This allows life, as God designed it, to become abundant, to have purpose and to have fulfillment.  Simply ask for Jesus’ love and it will flow.

 

Jesus,

You came in love to us

You died in love for us

You loved us first

Your love is perfect

Fill me with your love

Let your perfect love do a work in me

Let your perfect love cast out all fear in my life

My love on my own effort is imperfect

Please come and flush all the fears out of me

So I can be full of love

And so I can walk in love

 

You came to break seals

You alone are the lamb who is worthy to break the seals

Please come and break the seals of my life

So I can be open to blessing


Spiritual Gifts from God at Christmas

God Gives Generously to His Children Spiritual Gifts

God Gives Generously to His Children Spiritual Gifts

Spiritual Gifts at Christmas

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12: 4

This year, ask God for more of His gifts to you.

 

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

Ours through the death of Jesus Christ and the blessing of Pentecost

Jesus came and died so that we might abide with the Holy Spirit.

 

The Gift of Divine Healing

Ours through Jesus’ power working through us

He came and showed us how and then commanded us to go and do likewise

 

The Gift of Wisdom

No longer do we walk in darkness

We have the mind of Jesus Christ in us imparting wisdom all the time

 

The Gift of Knowledge

A specific word in season to inspire others

A specific direction to pray into for what God knows is needed

 

The Gift of Discernment

The ability to know what the spiritual battle is for what we see in the natural

The awareness that comes with the ability to pray into the situation and bind the power of the enemy

 

The Gift of Miracles

It is our destiny to see them unfold continually

It is God’s heart to make miracles normative

 

The Gift of Tongues

This gift glorifies God and exalts Him with Praise

It edifies one’s self and allows us to pray in unity with Believers all around the world

 

The Gift of Interpretation

Given so we are never in the dark about what God is trying to tell us

Designed so we can bless others who are coming up in the knowledge of their gifts

Providing opportunity for the body of Christ to operate together receiving His word

 

The Gift of Prophecy

The revelation of God spoken to us and to others about current things and future events

The ability to bring light into chaos and declare what God wants

 

Calling Out Gifts in Others

The ability to see what God has planted in every person and call it forth by declaration

The ability to turn challenges into what God intends in each challenge

 

©2012 S. Shoquist


Prayers for the Parched: Youth of America Part 2

God Bless the Youth of America.  We Adults Commit to Pray for You

God Bless the Youth of America. We Adults Commit to Pray for You

Lift up a standard on the bare hill, raise your voice to them, wave the hand that they may enter the doors of the nobles.  I have commanded my consecrated ones; I have even called My mighty warriors, My proudly exulting ones, to execute My anger.  A sound of tumult on the mountains, like that of may people.  A sound of the uproar of kingdoms, of nations gathered together!  The Lord of hosts is mustering the army for battle. Isaiah 13:2-4 (NASB)

Continued….

You always hear their prayers

Thank you, Lord for caring

Thank you Lord, for meeting every need of every teenager

Thank you, Lord for protecting them

Lord, protect them in all their going outs and coming ins

Give them a choice for victory in all their temptations

Teach them that you have a definition for cool

and that it’s theirs to define

They don’t’ have to succumb to other people’s definition or ultimately the enemy’s definition

You are cool to get to know

Raise up leaders that can make the path of life “interesting” because you are not boring

You are current

Re-ignite their passion to live with purpose, and with value

 

Thank you for caring about the youth, even more than we can

Thank you for being there for them when we’re not

Thank you for wiping every tear with a heavenly tissue

 

Smile upon them

Open our heart to enjoy them as we endure their current fads

Let love reign

Let love be evident

We pray kindness becomes “cool”

Bless this generation as it comes of age

Give them wisdom as they make decisions

Be their assurance during times of insecurity

Draw their attention to good news

Even as the media highlights dramatic headlines

Keep pure the calling and the gifts you designed in each of these kids

and develop them in their individual experience package

 

See also Prayers for the Parched:  Youth of American Part 1


Your Family May Not Be Your Harvest Field – Part 2

 

Asking God to Help Us with Our Families During Holiday Moments

Asking God to Help Us with Our Families During Holiday Moments

Try planting a seed, after asking God if it’s appropriate.  Ask a haunting question.  I find asking questions are a really good way to discuss things.  It’s not about having the “right” answer or making the “last” point as if we win if we do.  It’s about raising the possibility of a different option and letting it sit there.  God works that truth into a heart—usually long after the conversation takes place.

 

We also need to talk about the benefits of our faith – not the “have to’s.”  If I am living with more peace and truly not reacting to family, this will get noticed.  Even if it gets misinterpreted, it will be noticed and appreciated. People are attracted to fruit.  The fruit could be as simple as not reacting to the cutting reminder of something that happened when were seven years old.  How does God see the incident?  How does God see me?  These are the things to focus on.  Theses are the things we should got to bed with at the end of a holiday—not their definitions or their opinions.

 

Holidays are probably a good time to keep our opinions to ourselves. Try going and learning new things, not just expressing opinions.

 

I find families don’t allow for change in their minds.  They hardly notice anything new, even with 12 months of not seeing someone.  It’s why we feel we’re back in our birth order role as children.  God notices change.  God knows how hard it is to not react to comments and patterns and he gives us spiritual points for good Godly reactions when things come at us.  We feel better when we don’t react with something we might regret.  Please God throughout the day and these steps will bring lasting peace.

 

Lord, Help me during this family time to put a guard over my mouth.  Psalm 143:3

 

See also:  Your Family May Not Be Your Harvest Field – Part 1


Your Family May Not Be Your Harvest Field – Part 1

Asking God to Help Us with Our Families During Holiday Moments

Asking God to Help Us with Our Families During Holiday Moments

Remembering that our family may not be our harvest field can help keep our mouths shut during the holiday season.  Even if we’re excited about our faith, our families are rarely at the same place of openness to faith as we are.  It’s quite likely that our family is someone else’s field to harvest.

 

Working in inner healing circles, we see a lot of people get a lot of freedom from past experiences.  However, after there’s some victory, the person often wants to go back to the original family base with the expectation that things will be different.  I remind people that just because they are getting healing and intimacy with God, it doesn’t mean their family members are.  They come back wondering why everything wasn’t different just because they are.  Sometimes it’s different.  Sometimes we go back to family situations where they haven’t changed at all, but we’re different on the inside.  It’s important to keep t his in mind, whether the family notices or not.  Sometime we need to keep our faith out of the conversational mix. Our faces may glow, but it may or may not be wise to say anything.

As we walk more and more in our Christian identity it brings joy, hope and peace.  This is not just nice things to wish for at family moments.  But true joy, true hope and true peace.

 

Our joy about faith is not about convincing anyone of anything.  It’s not about trying to bring them into our sweet circle of Christian family love.  It’s about letting them all be who they are and knowing that God has planted the seeds for His good purposes.

 

Mom was convinced the she would win the Australian lotto some days.  I had to see this as the seed of faith redirected to a lie.  I couldn’t tell her this was ridiculous or convince her otherwise.  It took God pointing out to me that this was faith—just in the wrong thing.  I couldn’t see the good root for a long time; I just got frustrated with the negative expenditure of monies.  What if we saw people’s anger as pain?  What if we could see people’s old patterns as poor ways to cope with old hurts and disappointments?

In our prayer closets, we can call forth a desire for change, a desire for peace.  This will ultimately propel people to God.  We don’t have to do it all ourselves.  Ask God to do what He does best about getting people’s attention and turning hearts toward him.  It may not involve us.

Lord, Help me with my family.  Show me what my role is and what might be someone else’s role.

 

See also Your Family May Not Be Your Harvest Field Part 2