Actor Chris Pratt has become a favorite of many Christians after he has begun to be much more open about his own faith.
In the summer of 2018, Pratt defied mainstream Hollywood in telling a group of supporters that God loves them and they should love him too.
Now, kickstarting the new year, Pratt announced in an Instagram story that he is several days into a 21-day Daniel fast where he will be focusing on “prayer and fasting.”
The 39-year-old actor said on his Instagram story that he decided to tackle the Daniel Fast this January.
“OK, hi, Chris Pratt here. Day three of the Daniel Fast, check it out, it’s 21 days of prayer and fasting,” he said in a video.
Pratt also joked that he may be a little woozy when he starts doing press interviews for his upcoming movie.
“It’s gonna coincide also coincidentally with the Lego Movie 2 junkets, so by the time you see me, I’ll probably be hallucinating. Stay tuned,” he said.
According to the Daniel Fast website, the “partial fast” helps participants enter into “a period of extended prayer and fasting is like pushing the ‘pause button’ on life so you can draw nearer to God.”
“Hundreds of thousands of Christians throughout the world will begin the New Year with a period of extended prayer and fasting. Most will begin the fast on Sunday, January 4th (not a requirement) and use the Daniel Fast as their method of fasting,” the website reports.
Here’s more on the diet, per People:
The program is not a full fast, and “similar to a vegan diet.” Users only eat foods “grown from the seed,” and can have all fresh, frozen, canned or dried vegetables and fruits. They’re also allowed any whole grains and legumes, liquid oils and nuts and seeds.
But any meat or animal products like eggs are banned, along with dairy products, sweeteners like honey, processed and fried foods, leavened bread and solid fats like margarine. Plus, followers can only have water to drink — no coffee, tea, soda or alcohol.
During an MTV awards ceremony in 2018, Pratt accepted the Generation Award and used his acceptance speech to deliver a pro-Christian, countercultural message.
“This being the generation award I am going to cut to the chase and speak to you, the next generation. I accept the responsibility as your elder, so listen up,” Pratt said, before sharing some fun and other Christian advice for the crowd and those watching at home.
Here’s his list, per Breitbart:
Number one: breathe. If you don’t, you’ll suffocate.
Number two: You have a soul. Be careful with it.
Number three: Don’t be a turd. If you’re strong, be a protector and if you’re smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons and do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.
Number four: When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger and they won’t even know they’re eating medicine.
The light-hearted humor was woven well as listeners were able to have a laugh or two before Pratt transitioned into more serious and consequential advice.
“Number five: Doesn’t matter what it is, earn it. A good deed, reach out to someone in pain, be of service, it feels good and it’s good for your soul,” Pratt said, which was met by applause.
And, “Number six: God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
Pratt then jokingly slipped in a tip for people who are embarrassed to use the restroom at a party:
Number seven: If you have to poop at a party, but you’re embarrassed because you’re going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do. Lock the door. Sit down, get all the pee out first. Okay? Then, when all the pee’s done, poop-flush-boom. You minimize the amount of time that the poop is touching the air because if you poop first, then it takes you longer to pee and you’re peeing on it, stirring it up and the poop particles create a cloud that goes out and then everyone at the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me, it’s science.
Pratt then returns his monologue to Christian fundamentals: “Number eight: Learn to pray. It’s easy and it’s so good for your soul.”
Lastly, the actor offered a brief Biblical Gospel synopsis:
Number nine: Nobody is perfect. People are going to tell you you’re perfect just the way you are; you’re not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there’s a powerful force that designed you that way. And if you’re willing to accept that you will have grace and grace is a gift. Like the freedom we enjoy in this country that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget it. Don’t take it for granted.
H/T: Page Six