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Lenten Preparation 2015 – The Daniel Fast

belinPeople all over the country and other parts of the world will be fasting and praying together during this Lenten Season. Without listing all the troubles and conflicts affecting the world today, I am sure you will agree there is an urgent need for prayer and fasting in this hour. So, your brothers and sisters are praying that you will be a part of this international prayer team that will embrace an awesome move of God so needed in the world today.

God has laid it upon our hearts to participate in a Daniel Fast in which nearly everyone can participate. Essentially, during a Daniel Fast, you will eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains and beans. The Biblical basis for this fast is found in Daniel 1:8-16 and 10:1-3.

This fast has physical benefits, but be assured, our anticipated goals are spiritual. Daniel 6:3 tells us that Daniel had an “excellent spirit” that caused him to be distinguished from among his peers. It is no leap at all to believe that the excellent spirit in Daniel was related to his life of spiritual discipline through fasting and prayer. As such, like Daniel, we will pray three times a day seeking the face of God and interceding for our families, churches, communities, nations and the world. Additionally, Christian brothers and sisters have volunteered to write a devotional guide that will build us up throughout the fast.

The Lenten Fast begins on Wednesday, February 18th and concluding on Resurrection Sunday, April 5th.  Remember to pray for each other to be strengthened in anticipation what God is going to do in and through us.

Peace,

Rev. Roderick Dwayne Belin, Lee Chapel AME Church,

Nashville, Tennessee


Beloved,

IMG_4095-56Here’s how to get started. Go to www.daniel-fast.com for more information. As you begin the Daniel Fast clear out all foods that are not plant based including white sugar and flour. Cut out the caffein. Be prepared for sugar and caffein withdrawal! Stay away from places where you will tempted in indulge in meats and seafood during your weakest moments. Keep healthy snacks with you at all times including nuts and fruits.

Increase your prayer time and the study of the Word of God during the fast. Focus on one of the gospels or the Passion narratives. Carve out quiet time. It is a great time to be silent before the Lord!

If you don’t practice your spiritual disciplines then the Daniel Fast is just another diet, not a fast!

Be sure to join us daily in the Read Section for your spiritual encouragement!

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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  1. Rev. LaWanda Pope says:

    I’m IN and Ready to say, LOOK WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE!!!

  2. Michele Rouse says:

    I’m in and ready to have God work in my life!

  3. Rev. Hilda L. Hudson says:

    I’m looking forward to the fast and renewing my spirit.

  4. Robin Waddell says:

    I’m in! I’ve been praying to find out what God wanted me to give up for Lent – hadn’t heard until this afternoon. Listened to a message by Dr. David Jeremiah on Daniel this morning that was so intriguing and now I’ve listened to this on Daniel’s fasting and know the Lord has answered me.

  5. Sis. Sandra Covington says:

    I’m in, too! Our homes, families, our health, the country and this world definitely needs prayer especially now!

  6. Maria Mallory White says:

    I will be joining in the fast as we prayerfully countdown to Calvary.

  7. Rev. Angelique Mason says:

    The congregation of Holy Trinity A.M.E Church, Baltimore will participate

  8. Elder Ralph and Pat says:

    WE’RE IN!!

  9. Qiana Smith says:

    Count me in!

  10. Rev. Nigal D. Felder says:

    St. Paul A.M.E. Church is in and we will pray for healing in our families, our communities, and our country. Thanks for taking the lead and leading us on this journey.

  11. Rodger Hall Reed, Sr. says:

    I am in, fasting and praying for a personal sense of seeking the self-giving attitude toward God that He has given me. For family of sisters and brothers across the globe for a refreshing, “Come! Holy
    Spirit, Come! In ashes, I pray for humility of soul & spirit … to be used by God, His way, through His Word and under His will.

  12. Allegra Ham says:

    I’m in.

  13. prayerfully, I am in.

  14. Errol says:

    Four days in and prayin’ hard!

  15. Cheryl Peters says:

    I am in.

  16. Pastor Delphine Lynetta Vasser says:

    All to Jesus I surrender!!!
    All to him I freely Give. Thank you for the preparation Pastor Roderick D. Belin

  17. Shirley Jackson says:

    I am in!! Hallelujah

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