Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Sacred Season of Lent

The Daniel Fast 

From March 1, 2017 to April 16, 2017, (excluding Sundays), Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church will seek to reach up to God as we surrender, sacrifice and grow stronger in Him by engaging in the Daniel Fast. The Daniel Fast is a biblically-based partial fast centered on the Old Testament account of dietary practices in the book of Daniel. This practice recommends the intake of certain foods and the elimination of others from one’s diet. The intention of the Daniel Fast is not just to duplicate what Daniel ate, but to replicate the spirit in which he did it. Consistent prayer is vital if this time of fasting is to be effectual for you personally, your family corporately and for our church family congregationally. We implore you to make this Season a meaningful one with regard to your spiritual development. It is our prayer that a significant change will be made in the life of our church and in the lives of each member of our congregation during this time. Additionally, we believe we will see the manifestation of answered prayer; and we will see the benefits of true commitment to seeking the will of God and serving our neighbors through denying ourselves fleshly desires that often rob us of quality time with our God and our brothers and sisters. 

FOODS TO ENJOY ON THE DANIEL FAST         

  • All vegetables (including potatoes)—fresh, frozen, dried* or juiced*.   
  • All fruit—fresh, frozen, dried* or juiced*.          
  • All whole grains--amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, and whole wheat pasta.         
  • All nuts & seeds – almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and unsweetened nut butters*.        
  • All legumes – dried or canned*; black beans, black eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and split peas.        
  • All quality oils – avocado, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame, and walnut.         
  • Beverages– water only: distilled, filtered and spring water. 
  • Other* – unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or soy milk; herbs, spices, salt, pepper, unsweetened coconut flakes, seasonings, Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, soy products, and tofu. *For packaged food check the ingredients list to ensure there are no added sugars, chemicals or preservatives. 

FOODS TO AVOID ON THE DANIEL FAST          

  • All meat & animal products – bacon, beef, buffalo, eggs, fish, lamb, poultry, pork and animal sausage casing.         
  • All dairy products – butter, cheese, cream, milk, and yogurt.
  • All sweeteners – agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, brown rice syrup, cane juice, honey, molasses, raw sugar, syrups, stevia, and sugar.         
  • All leavened bread & yeast – baked goods and Ezekiel bread (if it contains yeast and honey).          
  • All refined & processed food products – artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, and white rice.         
  • All deep-fried foods – chips, French fries, and potato chips.         
  •  All solid fats – lard, margarine, and shortening.        
  • Beverages – alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, energy drinks, herbal tea On Ash Wednesday,

March 1, 2017, we will gather in the Sanctuary at 12 noon and 7:00 p.m. for prayer and consecration to begin our journey through this Holy Season. We invite you to seek God for the name(s) of brothers and/or sisters whom you trust to serve as your accountability partner(s) through this journey. This is the person(s) who will pray with and for you, as you do the same for him/her. This is also the person(s) whom you will contact when and if challenging times arise and you feel too weak to fulfill your commitment. We likewise admonish you to make this a time of family commitment. This is a great time for parents to teach and learn from children, even as spouses, siblings and extended family members strengthen their familial bonds through spiritual formation. If you have medical concerns that may challenge your ability to participate in this fast, please consult your physician before engaging in this effort. We must employ wisdom, even though we embody zeal.