21-day Daniel Fast
March 1—March 21
In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” - Daniel 10:2-3
The Partial Fast
Daniel’s diet was a partial fast. He ate only certain grains, legumes, and vegetables, a much stricter than most partial fasts. According to scripture, Daniel’s diet permitted no animal products such as meat, milk, and eggs. In essence, this is one form of a strict vegetarian diet (Daniel 1:12, 16).
The most serious of all spiritual fasts. The best way to appreciate the consecration fast is to reflect on Jesus’ 40 day fast in the wilderness. He set Himself apart from others and sought God to learn His purpose on earth. Total surrender to God becomes the sole purpose of the consecration fast. After being led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to fast, Jesus “returned in the power of the Spirit of Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region” (Luke 4:14). The gospels record the works of power that flowed through this yielded vessel, Jesus’ example should encourage us to fast, too.
A Stronger Ministry
The apostle Paul fasted to strengthen his ministry. Many of us follow Paul’s teachings and examples-except when it comes to fasting. That’s when we start making exceptions. Modern Christians have virtually omitted fasting from their lives. Neglecting this spiritual discipline has resulted in the diminished because we fail to follow in obedience. The apostle Paul was a spiritual athlete who recognized the power of fasting to strengthen his ministry. Paul remains the most noteworthy of all soul-winners in history, second only to Christ.
After His consecration fast, Jesus went to the synagogue at Capernaum and announced: The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord —Luke 4:18, 19.
Jesus demonstrated these words by healing all kinds of diseases, casting out devils, and raising the dead. He fulfilled this prophecy from Isaiah, He also promised that “he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12).
Taken from Fast Your Way to Health by Lee Bueno
9 Reasons to Fast unto the Lord
1 — To combine the power of fasting with prayer for more dynamic results.
2 — To become more like Christ.
3 — To make a special request or achieve a specific goal.
4 — To more fully praise, worship, and honor God.
5 — To receive deeper insight and revelation from God.
6 — To better prepare ourselves for serving God.
7 — To more fully open our hearts to the hungry.
8 — To intercede on behalf of the sins and weaknesses of others.
9 — To develop self-discipline and show our commitment to God.
Taken from Fast Your Way to Health by Lee Bueno
Fast for Consecration — 21-day Daniel Fast
Total Fast Times: 8am-2pm – consuming water only
Daily connection prayer times and meditations
Everyone should be praying for the ministries listed in the Lenten Forty Day Prayer/Fast Guide.
No sweets, sugar products, bread, caffeinated drinks, caffeine, red meats, alcohol, carbonated drinks, seafood, fried foods, nor dairy products should be consumed. Consuming only fish and chicken (poultry). Drinking pure (100%) fruit juices in small quantities is encouraged.
Preparing for Your Fast
How should you prepare physically for a fast? Because many people experience a great drop in their blood sugar when they forsake their usual high-fat, high-sugar diets, you may want to wean yourself from these foods a day or two before your fast. If you’re a heavy coffee or tea drinker, gradually cut the caffeine from your diet. Fasters commonly experience headaches, a withdrawal symptom of foregoing their usual large amounts of caffeine and sugar. Eliminating these foods before the fast will decrease the likelihood of your suffering with headaches, dizziness, and cravings.
Wonderful Wednesday — March 22
Daily Prayer Guide
Please pray for the following listed ministries, members, and inactive members in the Body of Christ
during this Lenten Season.
3/01 Ash Wednesday
Read: 2 Chronicles 7:14
3/02 Read: Psalm 61
Pray: Atonement Members
3/03 Read: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Pray: Reclaim Inactive Members in the Body of Christ
3/04 Read: Psalm 102:25-28
Pray: Stewardship Board
3/05 Sunday Praise and Worship
3/06 Read: Galatians 6:7-10
Pray: Worship Board
3/07 Read: 1 Corinthians 10:12-14
Pray: Children’s Choir
3/08 Read: Psalm 121
Pray: Youth Choir
3/09 Read: John 3:1-7
Pray: Church Choir
3/10 Read: Isaiah 12
Pray: Men’s Chorus
3/11 Read: Psalm 130
Pray: Mass Church Choir
3/12 Sunday Praise and Worship
3/13 Read: Philippians 4:4-9
Pray: Church Musicians
3/14 Read: Exodus 36:2-7
Pray: Ushers / Acolytes
3/15 Read: Jeremiah 29:1-23
Pray: Education Board
3/16 Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6-12
Pray: Vacation Bible School participants
3/17 Read: Psalm 91
Pray: Atonement Sunday School Teachers
3/18 Read: Luke 6:27-38
Pray: Sunday School students and adults
3/19 Sunday Praise and Worship
3/20 Read: Proverbs 16:16-20
Pray: Youth Group
3/21 Read: Lamentations 3:22-24
Pray: Singles’ Ministry
3/22 Read: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Pray: Evangelism Board
3/23 Read: 1 Peter 2:4-10
Pray: Men in Mission
3/24 Read: Psalm 61
Pray: Fellowship Board
3/25 Read: John 17:20-23
Pray: Women of ELCA
3/26 Sunday Praise and Worship
3/27 Read: Psalm 146:5-8
Pray: Pastor/ Church Staff
3/28 Read: Mark 2:1-5, 11-12
Pray: Marriage Ministry
3/29 Read: Jeremiah 17:9-10
Pray: Drama Ministry
3/30 Read: 2 Corinthians 2:14-33
Pray: Music Ministry
3/31 Read: Jeremiah 30:18-22
Pray: Dance Ministry
4/01 Read: Galatians 4:4-7
Pray: Health Ministry
4/02 Sunday Praise and Worship
4/03 Read: 1 Peter 4:12-19
Pray: Southeast Synod Lutheran Black Pastors
4/04 Read: Matthew 25:31-48
Pray: ELCA Revivalist Team
4/05 Read: John 16:29-33
Pray: 5th Sunday Cluster Churches
4/06 Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
Pray: ELCA Southeastern Synod
4/07 Read: Colossians 3:12-17
Pray: 1st Tuesday Corporate Prayer
4/08 Read: Psalm 1
Pray: Wednesday evening Bible Study
4/09 Sunday Praise and Worship
4/10 Read: Matthew 21:1-11
Pray: ELCA National Church Council
4/11 Read: Job 42:1-5
Pray: Atonement Church Council
4/12 Read: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Pray: Community Outreach
4/13 Read: Matthew 28:1-10
Pray: Atonement Deacons
4/14 Read: Joshua 23:1-11
Pray: Maintenance Board
4/15 Read: Luke 24:44-48
Pray: Lutheran Campus Ministry
4/16 Easter Sunday