Let me just say that I have personally done four 40 day water only fasts in my lifetime and many 21 day Daniel fasts. The object of the fast is not to loose weight or to force yourself to read your Bible etc, but to use the time that has been freed up to pray and become more intimate with God. When you chastise your flesh your Spirit man soars and your Soul is able to begin the process of Sanctification. Big word but it just means the washing of your Soul with the Word of God. So here is my dads soup that sustained me after those 40 day fasts. It is very bland so no feeling sick in the stomach. I also have a video on my sons Tyler, Parker and me making the soup. Check it out by going to the menu and clicking on the video section. Enjoy and Praise the Lord!
BILL’S SOUP Cost to make it = $34.64 before tax.
1 cup soup mix, soaked overnight (lentils, split peas, barley etc mix) $2.99
3 large tomatoes, skinned and chopped $5.06
2 large potatoes, cubed $1.84
3 large onions, roughly chopped $3.03
1 bunch celery $1.49
6 leeks, sliced about 1/8 thick. Use the green leaves too. $4.98
6 carrots, sliced $2.99
4 turnips, sliced and then quartered $5.76
1 kg soup meat (shin, with small bone) $5.03
1 beef cube dissolved in 300 mls hot water $1.49
1 tspn salt
¼ tspn pepper
Cover meat with cold water and bring to the boil.
Add all the other ingredients and bring back to the boil.
Simmer for two hours, adding more hot water if necessary.
When you cut up the celery use both stalks and leaves.
This makes enough for 10 servings and requires a 5 litre pot
Duty of Fasting:
(Math 6:17,18) But thou when thou fastest, anoint thine head and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret. (Math 17:21) Howbeit this king goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. NOTE: this is unbelief.
Examples of Fasting:
Moses: (Ex 34:28)
i) He was with the Lord there
ii) 40 days and 40 nights
iii) No bread or water.
He wrote the covenant, 10 commandments.
Israel: (1 Sam 7:6)
i) They gathered together
ii) They drew water and poured it out before the Lord
iii) They admitted to their sins
iv) Samuel judged them.
Elijah: (1 Kings 19:8)
i) He arose
ii) Ate and drank
iii) Went in the strength of that meat
iv) 40 days and 40 nights to God.
Ezra: (Ezra 10:6)
i) He went up from the house of God
ii) Did not eat or drink
iii) He mourned for them that had been carried away and had transgressed.
Daniel: (Dan 10:3)
i) Did not eat bread
ii) Did not eat flesh
iii) Did not drink wine
iv) Did not anoint Himself
Christ: (Luke 4:1)
i) Jesus was led up by the Spirit
ii) Fasted 40 days and 40 nights
iii) He then hungered afterwards
Paul: (Acts 9:9)
i) He was without sight
ii) 3 days
iii) No food or drink
Leaders in the Church at Antioch: (Acts 13:2)
i) They ministered to the Lord
iii) The Holy Ghost spoke
v) Had hands laid on them.
Paul and Barnabus: (Acts 14:33)
i) Ordained them
ii) Fasted and prayed
iii) Commended them to the Lord
Sackcloth is worn as a Symbol of :
a) Mourning the Dead. (Gen 37:34) (2 Sam 3:31) (Joel 1:8)
b) Lamentation of Personal or National disaster. (Job 16:15) (Lam 2:10) (Est 4:1)
c) Penitence for Sins (1 Kings 21:27) (Neh 9:1) (John 3:5) (Math 11:21)
d) Special Prayer for Deliverance. (2 Kings 19:1-2) (Dan 9:3)