On January 1, 2011 we will begin a church-wide 21 day period of prayer and fasting. In this blog entry, it is my hope to share with you the guidelines for what has become known as the “Daniel Fast.” This fast is taken from the life of the Prophet Daniel of the Old Testament, who was a witness to kings and nations. This list is not conclusive, but should give you guidelines of things to AVOID and things to EAT.

FOODS TO EAT

Whole Grains (brown rice, oats, barley)

Legumes (dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black-eyed peas)

Fruits (apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, oats, figs, grapefruit, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, rasberries, strawberries, tangeloes, tangerines, watermelon)

Vegetables (artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, gingerroot, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips watercress, yams, zuccini)

Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts

Liquids (spring water, distilled water, 100% all-natural fruit juices, 100% all-natural vegetable juices)

FOODS TO AVOID

(meat, white rice, fried foods, caffeine, carbonated beverages, foods containing preservatives or additives, refined sugar, sugar substitutes, white flour and any products using it, margarine, shortening, high fat products)

*Remember, God honors any sacrifice you make for the proper reasons and will certainly help those who follow Him faithfully. As well, remember these are only suggested guidelines to assist you as you join these 21 days of prayer and fasting. This is NOT the only type of fast.