how the fast is changing lives

As we continue in our 21-Days of Fasting and Prayer, we will be featuring stories from some of our members who are experiencing life change through fast. To submit your story email us at stories@newcommunitybible.org.


FASTING TESTIMONY SHARED BY ALEX SMITH

IG: @different_is_difference


My family and I joined NCBF on the journey of fasting for 21 days. We sat down as a family and individually called out what we should separate ourselves from in order to better our relationship and communication with God. Technology and food were identified by my wife and children as their focuses, but I struggled.


It finally dawned on me that I listen to hip hop music quite often. Although some tunes are edited, I can fill in the blanks with ease. I usually listen to loud, glaring music while working out, driving, cooking, doing yard work, etc but decided to fast from music. I thought my flight and car commutes would be less energetic, workouts less motivational and cooking would have no swag. 


This fast has brought me closer to God, which ultimately led me closer to myself. It has helped me to see a different part of myself that I knew existed, but was nervous to tap into. My workouts are still sweaty, I still bob my head while on flights, all while my seat mate wonders what I'm on. I still shovel snow, blow leaves and cut grass (all in one week) while doing the 2-step as my neighbors walk by admiring my swag! Only this time lifting my hands, giving praise, thanks and admiration for everything He has done. I lift my hands higher for the things He hasn't done because I know what's for me is mine; as long as I obey. 

prayer + praise service wednesday, JANUARY 30 | 7pm

UNLEASH GOD'S POWER IN YOUR LIFE


Join Pastor Kevin James and your New Community family for our Prayer + Praise Service on Wednesday, January 30 at 7pm. Small Groups that normally meet Tuesday, January 29-Thursday, January 31st will not meet. Childcare will be provided.

pastor kevin james fasting plan

Below is the plan that our Senior Pastor will be following. Please note that this is not a requirement for everyone to follow. Take some time to seek the Lord on what your fast should consist of.


Type of Fast: Daniel


Specific Foods and Drinks

  • No meats, no bread, no coffee
  • Water, tea, juices (pomegranate, acacia, cranberry), fruit smoothies
  • Vegetables or fruits
  • Salad (meatless)
  • Soup (broth with vegetables, no cream)

Frequency of Meals

  • Morning: Water, tea, juice and light fruit
  • Lunch: Between 12pm to 3pm
  • Dinner: After 8pm | Water, tea, juice, light fruit or vegetable snack

My Media and Entertainment Restrictions

  • Very limited television, movies and social media
  • More reading, study and prayer
  • Daily morning devotions (reading, prayer and praise)

Exercise Plan

  • 3 times per week: 15-minute walk
  • 3 times per week: basic lifting and stretching

fasting resources

VIDEOS

Message on Fasting by Pastor Kevin James

Spiritual Keys to Fasting | Jentezen Franklin

The Power of Fasting | Jentezen Franklin

The Shocking Power of Prayer & Fasting | Francis Chan

Learn How to Pray and Fast for a Breakthrough | Rick Warren  

Understanding the Power of Prayer with Fasting | Rev. Dr. Myles Munroe 

The Key to Experiencing the Move of God | Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr


BOOKS

Fasting | Jentezen Franklin

31 Days of Praise | Ruth Myers

The Hunger for God | John Piper

Praying Through the Names of God | Tony Evans

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast | Kristen Feola

101 Most Asked Questions: Fasting | Jentezen Franklin

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FAST

  1. Begin your Fast on Thursday, January 10th.

  2. Follow your Fast for 21 days.

  3. Spend extra time with God.

  4. Attend the Prayer & Praise Service on Wednesday, January 30.

  5. End your Fast on Thursday, January 31st.

types of fasts

  1. The Absolute Fast-The absolute fast means absolutely no consumption whatsoever. It means to abstain from both food and drink. Normally absolute fasting will not exceed three days and nights because there is a risk to damaging one's health to withhold both food and drink for more than three days.
  2. The Partial Fast-At times the Bible records believers who fasted from certain types of food, but not all foods. This is called a partial fast. We see Daniel using this type of fast at least twice. 
  3. The Normal Fast-Jesus seemed to engage in a normal fast. A normal fast is defined as abstaining from all food-solid or liquid-but not from water. In Luke 4:2, it speaks of how Jesus ate nothing while He fasted. But Luke does not say that Jesus drank nothing. 

daniel fast

In the Bible, Daniel chose not to eat the royal foods that was served (meats, sweets, wine) and in turn he ate only vegetables and drank water.

Foods to Eat:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Water

Foods to Avoid:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Sweetners
  • Processed Foods
  • Fried Foods


For more information about the Daniel Fast including recipes and tips, please visit The Ultimate Daniel Fast.

daniel fast approved Smoothie

Green Smoothie

2 handfuls of organic spinach

1 apple

1/2 cup of pineapple

1/2 cup of ice

1 banana

1 half of a avocado (thickens it)

3 stalks of celery

1 cup of cold coconut water or filtered water is fine

1/2 of the juice of a fresh lemon

Optional: hemp seeds

Tip: Be sure to cut the fruit & veggies up in small pieces. Also, be sure to blend the greens first with the water and then the fruit.


For more recipes, please visit The Ultimate Daniel Fast