The Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough

The Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough

The Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough

The Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough


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Elmer Towns's Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough has become must-reading as this powerful spiritual discipline of fasting has seen a revival among followers of Christ. Now Towns digs deeper into one of the most popular forms of fasting today, the Daniel Fast. With an emphasis on a healthy, simple diet, the Daniel Fast is named after the prophet Daniel who participated in a partial fast for spiritual purposes. Daniel was taken captive into Babylon when he was sixteen years old. The Babylonian king wanted the young prophet to help him administer his rule over the captive Jews—and he wanted to "Babylon-ize" Daniel, to make the young man of God more like him. The first step the king took in his campaign was to provide a sumptuous feast to tempt Daniel—food fit for a king— basically fattening comfort foods. In response, the prophet refrained from the king's table, choosing instead to eat only vegetables and to drink only water. He honored God over the king. Dr. Elmer Towns introduces readers to the spiritual, physical, and mental basics of the Daniel Fast, coaching them through either a ten-day or twenty-one-day period of renewal, and he includes original Daniel Fast recipes created by executive chef John P. Perkins. Dr. Towns addresses practical questions, such as what to eat and when, as well as how to pray effectively. Readers will learn how to encounter God during their fast, how to worship through self-discipline, and how to pray for specific answers. They will also explore the role of weeping, repentance, and spiritual warfare in their life of faith. Daniel is a model to God's people of someone who chooses spiritual nourishment over bodily satisfaction, in The Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough, God's people can learn to follow his example.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764215964
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/12/2010
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 529,100
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Elmer L. Towns is dean emeritus of the School of Religion and Theological Seminary at Liberty University, which he cofounded in 1971 with Jerry Falwell. He continues to teach the Pastor's Bible Class at Thomas Road Baptist Church each Sunday, which is televised on a local network and Angel One. He and his wife, Ruth, live in Forest, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Foreword Larry Stockstill 9

Invitation 11

Section 1 About The Daniel Fast

1 What Is Fasting? 15

2 What Is a Daniel Fast? 18

3 Why Choose to Fast? 21

4 Why Vow? 23

5 What Can I Withhold? 27

6 What Is the Primary Focus of the Daniel Fast? 33

7 How Can I Prepare for My Fast? 35

Section 2 Daily Readings

Week 1 Day 1 to Day 7 Overview 43

Day 1 Your Private Prayer in a Daniel Fast 44

Day 2 Joining Others in a Daniel Fast 48

Day 3 Daily Commitment During Your Fast 54

Day 4 Praying and Fasting for a Project 59

Day 5 The Benefits of a Lengthy Fast 66

Day 6 Saying No in Prayer 72

Day 7 The Persistence of a Daniel Fast 76

Week 2 Day 8 to Day 14 Overview 81

Day 8 Intimacy with God 82

Day 9 Giving Thanks in Prayer 89

Day 10 Fasting to Hunger after God 94

Day 11 Prayer Is Asking 100

Day 12 Fasting to Worship God 109

Day 13 Fasting to Locate Sin 114

Day 14 Don't Violate Your Fast 120

Week 3 Day 15 to Day 21 Overview 125

Day 15 The Prayer of Crucifixion 126

Day 16 Weeping While Praying 135

Day 17 Introspective Prayer 140

Day 18 Resting in Prayer 147

Day 19 Urgent Prayer 153

Day 20 Spiritual Warfare Prayer 159

Day 21 Stay in the Moment 165

Section 3 Appendices

Appendix A Nine Kinds of Fasts Found in Scripture 173

Appendix B Six Ways to Fast 178

Appendix C Recipes to Use during a Daniel Fast 180

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