We are so excited about this 21 days of prayer and fasting as we prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies for TBCO Conference 2019, Saints & Comrades. We are expectant for big things – to hear the voice of God, to become better equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit, to take back territory and pushback the darkness. We believe praying and fasting is the best way to get in position to receive more of Jesus. More of His presence, more of His power, more of His Spirit.
Fasting is denying ourselves of earthly things that sustain us – in order to draw closer to Jesus, which is why we always pair it with prayer. Fasting without prayer is just starvation, and prayer without fasting is missing out on another level of encounter with Jesus. In Matthew 4:4, Jesus quotes Deuteronomy when He says, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” And in John 4:32, Jesus tells His disciples, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about” –referring to doing “the will of Him who sent me.” We choose to fast as we pray because we need a physical reminder that there is another way to satisfy our hunger – a way that Jesus took. And if Jesus did it, then we want to do it too. For more, start with Deut. 8:3 (quoted by Jesus in Matt. 4:4 & Luke 4:4), Mark 2:19-20, and Isaiah 58.
We love you, Church, and we can’t wait to see how God moves and speaks during this fast and throughout conference.
Fasting is a natural discipline that can bring supernatural results. The Bible is filled with more than 70 references to fasting.
We are fasting as a community because we believe that in order to go higher, we must go deeper. We can gather from scripture that fasting is a spiritual discipline meant for God’s people to experience breakthrough. When we fast, God provides Kingdom revelation and understanding (Daniel 1:12) as well as power in the unity of His people (Esther 4:16).
We also believe fasting is the ultimate surrender by denying your flesh and a fast track to breakthrough. Fasting gives us the power to say, “No” because it teaches us to put our flesh in submission. Fasting is not a matter of can or cannot, but will or will not. We see this most clearly in the life of Jesus. The reason Jesus had full authority is because He took full authority.
Denying our flesh causes the spirit realm to shift on our behalf so breakthrough can take place.
Finally, fasting makes God our only option. In making our flesh weak, we have to rely on Him as our source of strength.
We will be fasting for 21 days in the lead up to our 2019 Conference, Saint’s & Comrades!
START DATE: Tuesday, August 6, 2019.
END DATE: Monday, August 26, 2019.
Please remember that every person is different and you should only choose what is a healthy and safe choice for your body.
To help and encourage you, we have put together a 21 Day devotional to guide you on your prayer and fasting journey. You can download, follow on social media or read daily blogs for the duration of the fast.
We will be gathering to worship and pray as a church to start our fast at 7:30PM, August 6th at Rocketown.
DANIEL FAST: WHAT NOT TO EAT
Coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, energy drinks and alcohol
Meat and Animal Products
Beef, lamb, pork, poultry and fish
Milk, cheese, cream, butter and eggs
Sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses and cane juice
Breads, pasta, crackers, cookies, pastries and baked goods
Refined & Processed Food Products
Iodized salt, artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives (mints, gum and candy)
Deed Fried Foods
Potato chips, french fries and corn chips
Oils, margarine, lard and fatty foods
DANIEL FAST: WHAT TO EAT
Water only — purified/filtered; spring or distilled water is best
Almond milk, coconut water, coconut kefir & vegetable juice
Vegetables (should form the basis of the diet)
Fresh or cooked
May be frozen and cooked but not canned
Fruits (consume in moderation 1–3 servings daily)
Fresh and cooked
Ideally low glycemic index fruits like stone fruits, apples, berries, cherries and citrus fruits
May be dried but should not contain sulfites, oils or sweeteners
May be frozen but not canned
Whole grains (consume in moderation and ideally sprouted)
Brown rice, oats quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, barley
Beans & Legumes (consume in moderation)
Dried and cooked in water
May be consumed from can as long as no salt or other additives are contained and the only ingredients are beans and water
Nuts & Seeds (sprouted are best)
Raw, sprouted or dry roasted with no salt added