LFC 21 Day Fast – Day 14
A WORD FROM
January 20, 2013
JENTEZEN FRANKLIN IS PASTOR OF THE MULTI-CAMPUS MINISTRY, FREE CHAPEL (GAINESVILLE, GA), AND AUTHOR OF TWO BEST-SELLING BOOKS ON FASTING. BE BLESSED BY HIS FOLLOWING TEACHING ON FASTING IN CONDENSED VERSION.
Step 1: Be Specific
Daniel was not vague in his objection to the Babylonian diet. He defined the problem immediately.
- The king’s food was against dietary laws.
- Daniel and his friends had vowed against wine.
- The king’s food had been offered up to idols/demons.
Step 2: Fast as a Spiritual Commitment
The Daniel Fast involves a spiritual commitment to God. “Daniel proposed in his heart that he would not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8).
Step 3: Reflect Inner Desire by Outer Discipline
Many people have an inner desire for better health, but they can’t discipline themselves to avoid junk food, and other foods that are not good for their health. The physical health you seek from God may be more than an answer to prayer. Your physical health can be linked to any of the following factors:
Your food choices.
The level of your spiritual commitment as reflected in constant prayer during the fast.
Your time commitment. If you determine to fast for a certain time, keep it. For example, if you determine to fast 10 days, don’t stop on Day 9.
Your testimony commitment. Your fast is a statement of faith to God that you want Him to heal your body, and faith is foundational to the Daniel Fast.
Step 4: Pray to Perceive Sin’s Role in Poor Health
Notice James 5:13-16:
Sin is something related to the cause of sickness.
Lack of health/healing may be the result of spiritual rebellion.
Lack of health/healing may be due to sin of wrong intake, i.e. drugs, pornography.
Repentance is linked to health according to James.
Elders have a role in healing both spiritual and physical health.
Sick people must desire to be well
The anointing oil could mean
Medicine for healing,
Symbolic of the Holy Spirit, or
It could be baptism
Prayer alone may not gain healing, faith is the major factor.
In Greek there are several words for “sick”. James uses “Kanino”, which not only includes disease, but also means weak or weary.
Attitude is important. James said, “are there any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.”
Step 5: Fast as a Statement of Faith to Others
Daniel was making a statement of faith when he asked for only vegetables to eat and water to drink, then dared the overseer to compare the appearance of the four sons of Israel with the young men who ate the king’s food.
Step 6: Learn the Effects of the Food You Eat
Why are some foods good for us, and other foods not? What does certain food do to your body? If we really knew, there would likely be some things we would never eat again.
Step 7: Yield All Results to God
Daniel said, “as you see fit, deal with your servants” (Dan. 1:13).
NEXT SUNDAY NIGHT! OUR END OF FAST PRAISE SERVICE!
Next Sunday night will mark the end of our 21 days of fasting and prayer. Already, God has moved mightily; bringing healing, deliverance and miraculous breakthrough. We are seeing the evidence of God’s promise to us in His Word:
James 4:8 (KJV)
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Join us as we “Celebrate Jesus” Sunday night. You don’t want to miss this exciting and wonderful time of praise and worship as we honor the King of all Kings! IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS!
God Bless -Pastor Steve