21-Day Daniel Fast

Sunday, Jan. 12 to Saturday, Feb. 1

To start 2020 off right, the Empowered Living Church (The ELC) will go on a 21-Day Daniel Fast from Sunday, January 12 to Saturday, February 1. We are doing a Fast in which we forsake the eating of meat, sweets, etc. and limit ourselves to fruit, vegetables, nuts and water. Of course, no one is required to partake in the Fast, but we encourage all connected to The ELC to partner with us. The Fast is conducted in partnership with our 21-Day Financial Fast. We can return to our normal eating habits Super Bowl Sunday, February 2nd.


This is a time of "Prayer and Fasting,'' so we will also engage in corporate prayer every Tuesday from 6:30 – 7:00am (EST) on our Free Conference Call line: 712-451-0800, code 640686.

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

It doesn’t matter where you are in your relationship with God, these 21 days of prioritizing the Lord over essential needs in your life will draw you closer to Him. It is our prayer that God will help you to stay focus and visualize how you will resemble Him more closely at the end of these 21 days. Each day there will be a prayer focus and we will focus on different areas of need.

Week 1

Sunday, january 12 to saturday, Saturday, January 18

 Day 1: Pray for God’s covering for the fast 

·        Pray for our commitment to the plan and to each other.

·        Pray that God will draw us closer to Him and transform whatever needs to be changed in our lives.

·        Pray that God prepares our hearts for what we will receive from Him.

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 23:1-24:51; Matthew 8:1-17; Psalm 9:13-20; Proverbs 3:1-6


Day 2: All those that are in authority

·        Pray for Godly leaders who can shape the policy and funding of our churches, city, state, country and world to improve the morals, education, safety, economy, and political structure.

·        Church and Community Leaders

·        Local and State Leaders

·        National and World Leaders

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 24:52-26:16; Matthew 8:18-34; Psalm 10:1-15; Proverbs 3:7-8

 

Day 3: Families

·        Pray we would depend on God and recognize that He will meet all of our needs. 

·        Pray for the families in our church, improved communication in marriages, singles who are focused on their commitment to the Lord, children and teenagers who will obey their parents and follow the Lord.

·        Marriages

·        Singles

·        Teenagers/Children

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 26:17-27:46; Matthew 9:1-17; Psalm 10:16-18; Proverbs 3:9-10

 

Day 4: Finances

·        Pray for the finances of our church members. Pray that we be faithful to the Lord and that He provide his blessing for us.

·        Stewardship

·        Unemployment

·        Increase

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 28:1-29:35; Matthew 9:18-38; Psalm 11:1-7; Proverbs 3:11-12


Day 5: Addictions

·        Pray for those in our church who are personally or who have someone living in their home that is battling alcohol or drug addiction. 

·        Pray for the teenagers and children who have parents with addiction struggles. 

·        Pray for God’s breakthrough for them from the patterns and behaviors that are damaging their lives and relationships.

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 30:1-31:16; Matthew 10:1-23; Psalm 12:1-8; Proverbs 3:13-15

 

Day 6: Healing

·        Pray for physical healing of those battling illness, diseases and injury. 

·        Pray for them to have an increase in faith to believe that with God all things are possible. 

·        Pray for the strength of their families and peace from the anxiety and fears associated with the illness and injury of a love done.

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 31:17-32:12; Matthew 10:24-11:6; Psalm 13:1-6; Proverbs 3:16-18

 

Day 7: Wisdom

·        Pray today that God would provide all of the resources necessary to possess the land that Empowered Living Church needs to bring transformation. 

·        Ask God to give our Pastor and leaders wisdom to make the right decisions concerning the direction of our church.

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 32:13-34:31; Matthew 11:7-30; Psalm 14:1-7; Proverbs 3:19-20

Power of Prayer

Week 2

sunday, january 19 to saturday, january 25

Day 8: Faith

·        Pray today for an increase in your personal faith. 

·        Ask God to show you that which you believe is impossible, and then specifically ask Him to give you the faith to entrust Him with the responsibility of it .

·        Ask God to give you a refreshing measure of faith to believe with Him all things are possible.

Scriptures to read today:  Genesis 35:1-36:43; Matthew 12:1-21; Psalm 15:1-5; Proverbs 3:21-26


Day 9: Perseverance & Strength

We hope you’ve stayed to your commitment up to this point. If you haven’t, then today is the day to recommit. Pray that God will renew your commitment and give you the strength to recommit to Him. If you’ve been going strong, ask Him to give you a renewal of passion to keep on going with this journey.

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 37:1-38:30; Matthew 12:22-45; Psalm 16:1-11; Proverbs 3:27-32


Day 10: Children & Young People

·        Pray today for our children and young people. 

·        Pray that God will do a mighty work in their lives and that we will see young people give their lives to the Lord. 

·        Pray for spiritual renewal in the lives of many young people and that their lives will be influential in the lives of their friends.

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 39:1-41:16; Matthew 12:46-13:23; Psalm 17:1-15; Proverbs 3:33-35

 

Day 11: Leader Servants of Ministries

·        Pray for those that are involved in areas of ministry at The ELC

·        Ask the Lord that they will be able to reach the people with the life transforming hope brought by Jesus Christ. 

·        Pray that God will enable them to see the work He is doing in their lives and the supernatural hope and provision He wants to bring to that area.

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 41:17-42:17; Matthew 13:24-46; Psalm 18:1-15; Proverbs 4:1-6

  

Day 12: Persecution of Christians

·        Pray for the nations where Christians are persecuted and killed for their faith. 

·        Pray for strength and passion for them as they face intense challenges to sharing their faith with others. 

·        Pray for the protection of their families from the physical threat of government and local religious leaders who oppose them. 

·        Pray for great favor for them among their people that many will surrender to the call of Jesus Christ.

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 42:18-43:34; Matthew 13:47-14:12; Psalm 18:16-36; Proverbs 4:7-10


Day 13: Sharing your Faith

·        Pray for the opportunity to share your faith with someone who does not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. 

·        Pray that God would open the doors and align your path with someone who needs the power and salvation of a new relationship with the Lord.

·        Pray that God will give you the courage to share when the door opens.

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 44:1-45:28; Matthew 14:13-36; Psalm 18:37-50; Proverbs 4:11-13

 

Day 14: Spiritual Protection

·        Pray for the spiritual protection and warfare of our church body. The devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but we have been and are covered by the Blood of Jesus Christ. He has disarmed, disgraced, and defeated the devil and we need to remind the devil of what happened on the Cross of Calvary. 

·        Pray for the protection of your family and put on the whole armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-20.

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 46:1-47:31; Matthew 15:1-28; Psalm 19:1-14; Proverbs 4:14-19

Men Pray

Week 3

sunday, january 26 to saturday, february 1

Day 15: Neighbors

·        Pray for your neighbors today. 

·        Pray that God would allow you to build relationships with those you live near, so that you could share your faith and influence their relationship with God.

·        Pray that God would give you an idea of how you could serve one of these neighbors or even invite them to join the ELC Prayer Line on Tuesday morning or Bible Study at Night or Service on Sunday.

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 48:1-49:33; Matthew 15:29-16:12; Psalm 20:1-9; Proverbs 4:20-27


Day 16: Residents in the area

·        Pray for the residents that in the Berewick and surrounding area that are in need of Hope.

·        Pray that God would open their eyes to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. 

·        Pray that God would use you to be a blessing.

Scriptures to read today: Genesis 50:1-Exodus 2:10; Matthew 16:12-17:9; Psalm 21:1-13; Proverbs 5:1-6

 

Day 17: God’s Plan for your life

·        Pray for God to give you the perspective of your life that He sees for you. God has great plans for your life and you want to be able to have the vision to see the direction and paths He wants you to travel.

·        Pray for discernment in critical decisions and the wisdom to know what to do and when to do it.

Scriptures to read today: Exodus 2:11-3:22; Matthew 17:10-27; Psalm 22:1-18; Proverbs 5:7-14

 

Day 18: You as a leader

·        Pray for ways to become a better leader and difference maker in your family, your work, your neighborhood and your church. 

·        Pray for God to give you the passion and focus you need to serve Him by serving others.

·         Ask Him to show you ways that you can step up and increase the way that you impact the lives of others.

Scriptures to read today: Exodus 4:1-5:21; Matthew 18:1-20; Psalm 22:19-31: Proverbs 5:15-21


Day 19: Healing

·        Pray for physical healing of those battling illness, diseases and injury. 

·        Pray for them to have an increase in faith to believe that with God all things are possible. 

·        Pray for the strength of their families and peace from the anxiety and fears associated with the illness and injury of a love done.

Scriptures to read today: Exodus 5:22-7:25; Matthew 18:21-19:12; Psalm 23:1-6 Proverbs 5:22-23 


Day 20: Wisdom

·        Pray today that God would provide all of the resources necessary to possess the land that the ELC needs to bring transformation. 

·        Ask God to give our Pastor and leaders wisdom to make the right decisions concerning the direction of our church.

Scriptures to read today: Exodus 8:1-9:35; Matthew 19:13-30; Psalm 24:1-10; Proverbs 6:1-5

 

Day 21: Moving from good to GREAT !

Today is the final day of our emphasis. Whenever you complete a major accomplishment it is always time to celebrate. So today is a day of praise. Shout to God and sing to Him and call out the praises He so rightly deserves. Celebrate with Him the changes you have experienced and blessings He has provided.

Scriptures to read today: Exodus 10:1-12:13; Matthew 20:1-28; Psalm 25:1-15; Proverbs 6:6-11

Prayer Works

FOODS WE MAY EAT ON THE DANIEL FAST

Ø All fruit – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.

Ø All vegetables – fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned.

Ø All whole grains – amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, and whole wheat.

Ø All nuts & seeds – almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds; unsweetened almond milk. Nut butters are also included.

Ø All legumes – canned or dried; black beans, black eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and split peas.

Ø All quality oils – avocado, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame, and walnut.

Ø Beverages – distilled water, filtered water, and spring water.

Ø Other – organic green tea, unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or soy milk; herbs, spices, salt, pepper, unsweetened coconut flakes, seasonings, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, soy products, and tofu.

FOODS TO AVOID ON THE DANIEL FAST

All meat & animal products – beef, buffalo, fish, lamb, poultry, and pork.

All dairy products – butter, cheese, cream, eggs, and milk.

All sweeteners – agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, cane juice, honey, molasses, raw sugar, syrups, stevia, and sugar.

All leavened bread & yeast – baked goods and Ezekiel bread (if it contains yeast and honey).

All refined & processed food products – artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, and white rice.

All deep-fried foods – corn chips, French fries, and potato chips.

All solid fats – lard, margarine, and shortening.

Beverages – alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, energy drinks, herbal tea, tea (except organic green tea), flavored water.