The Park Church Fresh Start: 21-Day Church Wide Fast

As we prepare for a new year — whether out of excitement or desperation for something new — it is quite tempting to create plans for ourselves and then ask God to bless them. When we begin the year (or anything) by initiating our agendas, we tune out what God desires to do in, through and for us, and limit the blessings that are far beyond our imaginations. But what if we started differently? What if our sole plan was to seek our heavenly Father for His plans concerning us?

 Can you imagine what the year would be if we simply committed the first three weeks to fasting, praying and asking the Lord to mature us – spiritually, emotionally and socially? Imagine no more — Now is that time. But what if we started differently? What if our sole plan was to seek our heavenly Father for His plans concerning us? Can you imagine what the year would be if we simply committed the first three weeks to fasting, praying and asking the Lord to mature us – spiritually, emotionally and socially? Imagine no more — Now is that time.

Welcome to a Fresh Start!

During the Fresh Start 21-Day Fast, we will also incorporate Bible reading, engaging exercises and prayer. Prayer is a key practice in our relationship with God because this is the way that we communicate with Him. We pray using words and silence; listening and waiting on the Holy Spirit to direct us is a major component of prayer.

A humble heart and a mind open to Jesus is what He expects, and the Holy Spirit will do the rest.

Romans 8:26-27

Why Should We Pray?

The Model Prayer

As you petition God in prayer for your concerns, also pray daily for: Sensitivity to the work and guidance of the Holy Spirit; Bishop Alexander and his family, and Wisdom for the Kingdom Team.

Use #TPCFRESHSTART on social media as God speaks to you during this time of fasting.

What is a Fast?

A fast is a period of abstaining from something; denying self from a desire. There are multiple types of fasts, which we will address.

Why Should I Fast?

Fasting and Prayer combined can bring about a transformational revival in you, the nation and the world. The ultimate purpose of the fast is not you and what you seek, but God and what He seeks. Fasting is a true way to sacrifice for God and humble oneself to Him (Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21). Fasting is an act of worship and honoring.

How Should I Prepare for a Fast?

The best way to choose the appropriate fast is to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. Pray purposefully in identifying God’s purpose and direction in your fast. His direction is the only thing that will make the fast meaningful and significant.

Types of Fasts

While fasting is great way to seek God, and to remove all the things in our lives that often take the place of primary in our lives, we certainly want you to take all the precautions to make sure you are safe. If you have severe medical maladies, you should request professional supervision while fasting.

The best way to choose the appropriate fast is to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. Pray purposefully in identifying God’s purpose and direction in your fast.

01

Partial Fast

abstain from food for a set time; eat a simple meal of bread & water; sacrifice a certain food

02

Daniel Fast

abstain from delicacies, meats and wines, and focuses on fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables

03

No Food Fast

abstain from all food, including milk (protein) and only drink liquids and water

04

Water-Only Fast

abstain from everything except water

05

Absolute/Supernatural Fast

abstain from any foods or liquids, including water (the 40-day fast of Moses and Jesus and the 3-day fast seen in Esther 4:16)

Foods to Include on the Daniel Fast 

One of the great things about the Daniel Fast is that you are not limited to any specific amount of food, but rather to the kinds of food you can eat. The Daniel Fast is limited to vegetables (includes fruits) and water. 

All fruitsfresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned; including but not limited to: apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon
All vegetablesfresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned; including but not limited to: artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy
All whole grainsincluding but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn
All nuts and seedsincluding but not limited to: sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter
All legumescanned or dried; including but not limited to: dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans
All quality oilsincluding but not limited to: olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame
Beveragesspring water, distilled water or other pure waters. other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices

Foods to Avoid on the Daniel Fast 

All meat and animal productsincluding but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish
All dairy productsincluding but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs
All sweetenersincluding but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice
All leavened breadincluding Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods
All refined and processed food productsincluding Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods
All deep fried foodsincluding but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips
All solid fatsincluding shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat
Beveragesincluding but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol
Please make sure to READ THE LABELS when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free. Keep this in mind as you review this list of acceptable food.

Fresh Start: 21 Days of Fasting Schedule

Last Updated: 01 / 06 / 2022

Week 1: Spiritual Maturity

Day 1: Monday, January 3rd 
  • Omit one meal today
  • Embrace the Blessing of Being God’s Beloved (Read Matthew 3:16-17)

Jesus was affirmed by God the Father before “doing” anything in his earthly ministry. What does that say to you? Read the passage slowly three times. What’s grabbing your attention as you read?  How is God affirming you through the passage as you embark upon the new year?

Day 2: Tuesday, January 4th
  • Omit one meal today
  • Be open to a Heart Examination (Read Psalm 139:23-24)

A part of spiritual maturation begins with being aware of what resides in the heart; awareness is a gift. Turn today’s passage into your personal prayer. Acknowledge what the Holy Spirit reveals – unconfessed sin, unforgiveness, pride, fear, doubt, disobedience, etc. – and thank him for his grace and forgiveness. To close the time, listen to the song, A Heart that Forgives by Kevin LaVar & One Sound.

Day 3: Wednesday, January 5th
  • Omit one meal today
  • Prayer of Submission to God’s Will (Read Luke 22:40-46, Philippians 2:1-11, Philippians 3:13-14)

Spend time in prayer seeking God about his will for you. As you read the passages, journal what the Holy Spirit reveals about the will of God in these verses. How do these passages encourage you to submit to God’s will for your life?

Day 4: Thursday, January 6th
  • Omit one meal today
  • Surrender to Silence (Read Habakkuk 2:20 in The Message)

It is easy to become addicted to the noise around us. The “noise of the world” distracts us and drowns out the voice of God. Today, carve out some time to detach from noise – do 1 activity with God in silence (reframing from reading books or engaging on social media during your silent time).  A few examples include a commute to and from work without the radio or phone calls, eating a meal in silence, unplugging from social media for a couple of hours, or setting your alarm to sit in silence until the alarm chimes. Journal your experience with God while in silence – was it good, challenging, enjoyable?

Day 5: Friday, January 7th
  • Omit one meal today
  • Take Time for Solitude (Read Mark 1:35, Mark 6:30-32, Luke 5:16)

Jesus took time to be alone to seek his Father and invited his disciples to come away. How do you feel about Jesus’ intimate invitation to be alone with him? What are some of the ways that you already spend time alone with Him? What will you incorporate in 2022 to spend (and protect) your alone time with God? Share your desire and plan with a friend. 

Day 6: Saturday, January 8th
  • Omit one meal today
  • Eliminate Distractions (Read Matthew 4:1-11)

Seek God for a personal focus Scripture. The Scripture will be your meditation verse in the area that the enemy tempts you most (an area that challenges you).

Day 7: Sunday, January 9th
  • Pause the fast for a time of communion with God, family and friends
  • Sabbath Rest (Delight) (Read Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11)

Our culture informs us to constantly be on the move and to prove our importance by producing.  God gives us the gift of a Sabbath. He modeled rest for us and commands us to follow him.  Receive God’s gift of rest. Practice sabbath delight for a 24-hour period. Spend time in communion with God, family and friends, and enjoy activities that are life giving to you.

Week 2: Emotional Maturity

Day 8: Monday, January 10th 
  • Omit one meal today
  • Emotional Maturity Awareness (and Assessment) (Read John 16:13)

Take the free Emotionally Healthy Discipleship Personal Assessment by Peter Scazzero. Speak to God about the results and surrender the areas where he is calling you to grow, ask the Holy Spirit to make you sensitive to the circumstances that are designed for your emotional growth.

Day 9: Tuesday, January 11th
  • Liquids Only from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Slow Down (Read Luke 4:42, Luke 10: 38-42)

How do you respond to God invitation to a slower pace? What hinders you from accepting his invitation? Take these cares to the feet of Jesus and write your reflections from the bible passages. Intentionally reduce your speed in all of what you do today: walking, eating, talking with others, working, driving, etc. Before bed, journal the feelings and the thoughts that arose, as you relinquished the tendency to rush.

Day 10: Wednesday, January 12th
  • Omit one meal today
  • Responding to Disappointment (Read Psalm 42, Isaiah 30:15, 2 Samuel 1:4 and 1:17)

Life is full of its share of disappointing news. How is God leading you to respond to disappointment when things don’t go as you hoped or planned? What have you learned about God, yourself or others from experiencing disappointment in the past? How can that help you with disappointments that you are facing now (or may face in the future)?

Day 11: Thursday, January 13th
  • Omit one meal today
  • Growing in Vulnerability (Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

How intentional are you about sharing your weaknesses, shortcomings, mistakes, fears with others? Today, practice vulnerability. Confide in a trusted friend, or prayer partner about any of the areas listed above and/or your feelings about a current situation that you are facing.

Day 12: Friday, January 14th
  • Liquids only (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Looking Back, Moving Forward (Read Nehemiah 1:4-9)

Spend time identifying the godly and ungodly character traits that you received from your family; acknowledge how these family blessings and sins impact you today. Spend time praising God for the blessings (spiritual, emotional, financial, intellectual, etc.) that you have inherited. Write a letter to God confessing the sins of your family. Pray for forgiveness and breakthrough in those areas.

Day 13: Saturday, January 15th
  • Daniel Fast (no meat, dessert, or strong drink)
  • Less is More (Decrease) (Read John 3:22- 30)

We live in a culture that advertises that bigger is always better and going after more should be our aim. In the Kingdom of God, however, sometimes increase equals reduction. And at all times, the expansion of Jesus in our lives is a result of less of our pride, and push to expand our own agendas. Lay yourself and your plans before God; in what ways is He inviting you to decrease? What does John’s words from today’s passage, “He must increase, but I must decrease,” mean to you?

Day 14: Sunday, January 16th
  • Daniel Fast (no meat, dessert, or strong drink)
  • Rest In Christ (Read Matthew 11:28-30, The Message)

Practice sabbath delight. Spend time in communion with God, family and friends, and enjoy activities that are life giving to you.

Week 3: Social Maturity

Day 15: Monday, January 17th 
  • Liquids only (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Embracing the Mission of the Church (Read Matthew 28:16-20)

As Believers redeemed by the grace of God, through the blood of Christ, He invites us to join him in his redemptive work. The Park Church exists to extend the Love, the Life, and the Lordship of Jesus Christ to every person, in every way, in every place, and at every time that the opportunity is given. Pray for sensitivity to the Holy Spirit as He leads us (The Park Church, corporately) and you (personally) in practical ways of carrying out the Great Commission, in everyday living.

Day 16: Tuesday, January 18th
  • Water and 100% Juice only (Midnight to Midnight)
  • Positioned on Purpose (Read Esther 4)

God has placed us in our families, neighborhoods, and places of employment on purpose. How do you hear God speaking to you as you read Esther 4? How do you discern God calling you to serve him at home, work and in your daily life? What is God asking you to consider? What are some action steps that you can take?

Day 17: Wednesday, January 19th
  • Daniel Fast (no meat dessert, or strong drink)
  • Share a Testimony About Jesus (Read John 4:2-29)

Pray for an opportunity to share a testimony of God’s goodness today (or this week), privately or in a social media post.

Day 18: Thursday, January 20th
  • Daniel Fast (no meat dessert, or strong drink)
  • Prayer for Family and Ministry (Read Matthew 5:13-16, Colossians 3:22-24)

Pray for family, ministry, sharing Christ with others, helping others grow in Him, vocation. What action steps is God calling you to take where you live, work and play?

Day 19: Friday, January 21st
  • Daniel Fast (no meat dessert, or strong drink)
  • Prayer for Our Land and the Government (Read 2 Chronicles 7:14, Proverbs 14:34-35)

Watch or read the news and pray for currents events, COVID 19, and racial tension in our nation. Pray for spiritual revival in our local, state and national government.

Day 20: Saturday, January 22nd
  • Daniel Fast (no meat, dessert, or strong drink)
  • Moving Outward (Read Isaiah 43:10-12)

What are some of the ways that you enjoy serving others? Research service opportunities offered at the church, on your job, in your neighborhood/community. Sign-up to volunteer, and/or prayerfully consider starting/leading an initiative.

Day 21: Sunday, January 23rd
  • Water Only (6 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • Closing Prayer and Celebration (Read Psalm 16:7-11)

Practice sabbath delight. Spend time in communion with God, family and friends, and enjoy activities that are life giving to you. Take some time to reflect on all that God stirred in you and the church during the Fast. Give Him thanks, offer praises for this Fresh Start, and commit the rest of the year to God with a prayer. Consider writing the prayer in a journal, a planner or posting it in a place that you can revisit it often.

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