Last Friday I started a Daniel fast. Since I read Mahesh Chavda’s book on fasting, I’ve been working on making fasting a regular part of my Christian walk and I felt this was the next one to do. I did a 40-day juice fast in the fall and pretty much didn’t tell anyone about it until it was over. This time I don’t have those constraints, so I’ll probably talk about it some over the next three weeks (well, 17 days now :). Anyway, it’s not as difficult in the sense that I do get to eat, but what I am eating is very restricted (fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, beans, whole grains), and I don’t allow myself any caffeine or sugar (sure miss that cup a joe in the morning). Meat and white bread are also out, as is milk and cheese (I reallyreally miss that). Interestingly enough, I’m finding that my heart palpitations are back. I say interesting because I didn’t get them at all when I went on the juice/liquid fast. I’m finding that I check labels more carefully now, and have already discovered I’m switching brands for good on some items. It’s nice, too, because I can actually sit down and eat dinner with the family (usually there’s something I make that I can sit down and eat with them), so it’s easier on everyone. But for some reason I seem to be hungrier with this fast (even though I’m eating, go figure!). I like that Randy calls them “slows” and suppose I could call this a 21-day slow :) Just did the math and figured out I’ll be fasting until March 23, so by the time I’m done spring will be here!
The last time I fasted some things in my life shifted. It’s hard to explain, but I can tell you already that’s begun to happen. I believe fasting helps you focus, and as I have always been easily distracted, I need all the help I can get! Though I don’t hear actual words, I “feel” the encouragement of the Holy Spirit in this, and just in pressing in in general. I have been asking Him for clarification on some things, and am going to Global tomorrow. Perhaps I’ll get a prophetic word as confirmation. But if I don’t it won’t change the direction I’m headed which is flat-out pursuit of God’s heart.
Speaking of flat-out pursuit, I was thinking the other day about the Foundations of Faith conference. I have family members with health conditions and encouraged them to come, but none of them did. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised as any type of healing service isn’t on most people’s grid and probably conjures up images of…what? But most Christians don’t even understand how words of knowledge work (shame on us), so why should they have faith to believe they’d be healed? I don’t know the answer to that, but I wish I did.