On Tuesday the staff and spouses have been getting together to eat Daniel fast friendly food, and to pray together. Yesterday, Pastor Matt reminded us why we are fasting – and it’s not to lose weight. LOL! (that is a by product)
1. To cleanse the Heart-
There is a physical cleansing of the heart when you fast unhealthy foods; but more importantly, there is a spiritual cleansing. God is able to clean out things that we didn’t even know were clogging our hearts through a spiritual cleansing.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
2. To cleanse the Mind–
During the fast, we are asking God for wisdom and focus. Daniel received 10 times the wisdom of the other men. We are asking God for wisdom in the life decisions that we are making; wisdom in our relationships, our finances, our parenting…; asking God, what would you have me do? The Holy Spirit is the Great Counselor–the world cannot offer the right counsel.
3. Financial Provision–
We are praying for a financial miracle as a church, but some of us need a financial miracle in our lives. Ask God for wisdom on how to handle your money.
#1 is to start tithing
#2 pray about what God would have you give to the dream.
If God has our hearts, our minds, and our wallets, he has everything!
On your fourteenth day of fasting, remember:
1. Drink water or juice
2. Go to your prayer time and prayer place
3. Listen to a few of your favorite worship CD’s
4. Dialogue in your prayer journal
5. Focus on your meditation and listening
“Fasting and praying will provide the perspective of God that can only be described as magnification as His perfect will, His presence and His power come into focus with greater clarity than ever thought possible.”
Thoughts for your Journal:
1. Read Isaiah 58 and see what is said about fasting. Write down your thoughts on what God is cleansing in you.
One more week – stay strong!
Brown Rice with Edamame and Vegetables
2 cups brown rice
4 cups water or vegetable broth
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1 package frozen, shelled edamame
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup sliced white mushrooms
½ teaspoon cumin
1 clove garlic minced
½ cup chopped green onion
Combine orange juice and water/broth in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add brown rice and bring back to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove lid to let steam escape and set aside.
While rice is cooking, prepare edamame according to package directions but without salt. Drain in a sieve. Saute garlic, cumin, mushroom and carrot just until tender (do not overcook). Put rice in a large bowl and add the edamame and other vegetables. Top with chopped green onion.
Servings:4-6 entrée size
Serve with orange slices and celery sticks.