It is one week until the ION July 11th thru July 31st, 21 days of prayer and fasting*
As we prepare for the upcoming 21 days, we want everyone to understand that no matter what degree or physical mode your time of fasting takes on, it is all worthy and all needed. Each one brings their part and portion. Praise be to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
*If you have health issues or are not led to do the entire 21 days Daniel Fast, whatever you decide to do, we thank you for joining us as God leads you to.
We are calling you to join in this extended time of prayer and fasting during the time frame of July 11th-31st, 2016.
Looking to God for clarity and purpose for those connected to ION and for those who are even now being prepared by God to be a part into the future. We know many more voices are needing to be heard in the orchestra of orality across the face of the globe. We also are asking for the identification of trumpet blowers, those who are and will advocate for oral peoples, mobilizers in the different areas associated with orality. Believing for new and solid Gateways to be open now and into the future for the sake of taking the gospel to where there are those who still wait. Praying for Scripture in the every and all, for full Bibles and no more Bible Poverty. For accelerated methods and accurate Bible translation for all those mother tongue and heart languages that still do not have ONE VERSE. Praying for Gateway Leaders in all 7 focus areas/gateways. Praying for those involved in orality to be fully immersed in Bible Engagement daily. To maintain the centrality of all we do to be the Bible -the WORD.
We are linking together in a united call of agreement for what the Lord says as the Waymaker in Isaiah 43:16-19, He who made a way. . . He is even now making a way in the desert wilderness and streams and rivers in the wasteland.
July 5: Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
DRAW NEAR TO ME with a thankful heart, aware that your cup is overflowing with blessings. Gratitude enables you to perceive Me more clearly and to rejoice in our Love-relationship. Nothing can separate you from My loving Presence! That is the basis of your security. Whenever you start to feel anxious, remind yourself that your security rests in Me alone, and I am totally trustworthy. . . [Read today’s full devotion in the book, “Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence” by Sarah Young (Thomas Nelson)]
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. —ROMANS 8:38–39
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? —PSALM 56:3–4
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. —ISAIAH 43:19
Please do see the original call for prayer and fasting:
As we step into this time, it is good to take a few precautionary steps and preparation. Please do check with your doctor if you have any medical conditions or concerns. Be intentional each day.
Here are some helpful links:
Also is a short blog that might be helpful to you:
Steps Before Starting the Daniel Diet Fast -By Donna Sundblad
Reviewed by Annette McDermott, Certified in Food, Nutrition and Health
While some people may try the Daniel fast for weight loss purposes, for most it is meant to be a spiritual experience that draws them closer to God. The fast is a partial fast based on accounts found in the biblical book of Daniel, of a time when Daniel refused to eat the king’s food to follow God’s ways.
Before You Start the Daniel Fast
Instead of eating from the king’s bounty, Daniel opted to eat only vegetables and water. His decision to do so is a lesson for people today in learning to deny self and to seek God’s will.
For anyone thinking of embarking on this spiritual/physical journey, there are some things to consider before you begin. Take into consideration the influence such a change in diet will have on your body. For example, caffeine withdrawal can lead to side effects such as severe migraine-type headaches and nausea. Eliminating sugar from the diet all at once may also lead to undesirable symptoms as the body detoxifies.
The most common symptoms associated with the Daniel fast include:
Six Steps to Prepare
Susan Gregory, author of The Daniel Fast, indicates on her website that it’s important to prepare for extended fasting to help prevent negative side effects. The following steps can help prepare you mentally and physically.
Wean off caffeine and sugar: With possible side effects in mind, one of the first steps for starting the Daniel Diet fast should be to wean off caffeine and sugar before you start the fast to avoid these debilitating symptoms.
Eat lighter meals a few days before you begin: Eating lighter meals that are lower in calories and fat helps prepare your stomach for less food intake. If you’re not used to eating fresh fruits and vegetables or legumes, begin incorporating them into your meals. This will help your body gradually adjust to a higher intake of fiber.
How long to fast: Decide how long you plan to follow the fast. As a partial fast, the body does get adequate nutrition and can be followed for weeks. It is typically followed for 21 days.
Check with your doctor: Check with your doctor before starting the Daniel Diet. Let your doctor know what you’ll be eating and how long you plan to follow the fast. Your doctor will know your medical history and whether or not the fast should be modified in some way to fit your physical needs.
Pray: The Daniel fast is a physical as well as a spiritual experience. Through prayer, the dieter should ask for God’s guidance and strength as they prepare to deny self and battle physical cravings.
Set spiritual goals: Also as a matter of prayer, spiritual goals to be accomplished while fasting should be set. These often include prayer, Bible reading, study and meditation.
Stock your kitchen: The Daniel Diet is a fast that limits many foods. Before you get started, stock your kitchen with an ample supply of the foods you’ll need for the fast.
Adequately Prepare for Best Results
The Daniel fast isn’t as much about the food as it is about the spiritual journey to become closer to God. It helps take the focus off food and material things and places it on things eternal and the relationship one has with God. The fast is quite challenging so it’s important to adequately prepare for it to be successful. Not preparing might lead you to stop the program before you’ve achieved your spiritual goals.