21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

Join us for 21 days of prayer and fasting to start 2022! We are making time to refocus on Following Jesus through prayer and fasting. He's just getting started. Read more tips for fasting and join us for our daily morning prayer call with Pastor Carter on his Instagram

 

If you would like to join by phone call 716-427-1128

and Enter Access Code 193840 followed by pound or hash (#).

 

 

WEEK ONE

January 2-8

 

WEEK TWO

January 9-15

 

 

WEEK THREE

January 16-22

 

Fasting 101

Fasting is to deny myself food for spiritual purposes. It is a spiritual discipline that allows one to reset and refocus on God by removing things we normally enjoy. We will be practicing a Daniel fast, which is a vegetarian fast.

  • Fasting is a Christian’s voluntary abstinence from food for spiritual purposes.
  • Fasting does not have to be specifically food, but the denial of any legitimate desire for spiritual purposes.
  • Scripture describes the fasting of numerous individuals including Jesus (Matthew 4:2), Daniel (Daniel 1:12), John the Baptist (Matthew 3:4) and Esther (Esther 4:16).

 

 

 

Fasting Tips

  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily throughout the fast. This is very important!
  • Anyone with a medical condition related to eating or under the treatment of a physician must consult their doctor before proceeding.

 

FOODS INCLUDED

 

 

  • Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Oats, Oatmeal, Barley and Pasta
  • Legumes: Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed Peas
  • Fruits: Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Oranges, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon (Limit your intake to 2 citrus fruits per day i.e. lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges)

 

 

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

Vegetables, such as potatoes, beans, and soybeans will help provide substance. Fresh or frozen vegetables are recommended. If canned vegetables are desired, use sodium-free or drain and wash prior to cooking.

 

  • Individuals who have an intolerance to beans should substitute with soy products. It is advisable to take a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement during the fast (1 per day). You may also include various nuts to serve as a protein supplement.
  • Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts, Olive Oil, Seasonings, and Spices
  • Liquids: Spring Water, Distilled Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit Juices, 100% All Natural Vegetable Juices (apple juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, etc.) No sweetened drinks or sweetened fruit.

 

To maintain portion control, refer to the USDA Food Pyramid on myplate.gov for the recommended servings per day. For example, limit fruits or vegetables to 7-10 per day and nuts to 12-15 per meal.

 

 

 

FOODS NOT INCLUDED

 

 

  • Sugar, sugar substitutes and sugar products, desserts, soft drinks, etc.

  • Table or box salt

 

 

  • Drinks including caffeine

    (coffee, tea, etc.)

  • Bread, enriched grains, and rice

 

 

  • Meats, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs

  • Fried foods

  • Margarine, shortening, high fat products