If you haven't fasted before or not for some time, can I encourage you to experiment with this spiritual practice more.
Fasting is going without food (or some other thing) for a limited time for the spiritual purpose of focusing on God and glorifying Him. Fasting is not a hunger strike, nor tying to get God to do what we want; nor an attempt to earn our way into heaven, nor a way of appearing to be deeply spiritual.
· Fasting usually helps our physical health, but check with your doctor if you are uncertain (e.g. diabetics, expectant mothers should probably not fast.)
· Fasting and Prayer go together.
· Begin gently. Try missing one meal. Then fast from after dinner until the next dinner, missing breakfast and lunch, drinking fruit juice. Then try drinking only water.
· Your stomach will initially complain – especially at meal time. Try sipping a drink at those times (not too cold).
· Then consider longer periods. Headaches from caffeine withdrawal and feelings of weakness or dizziness will pass.
Some Benefits of Fasting:
Ø It puts the non-essential things in perspective. “We do not live by bread alone…”
Ø We affirm and experience another world. Fasting is feasting.
Ø We humbly learn to trust God to sustain us.
Ø It develops self-control over our body. Our bodily passions need not rule over us.It often reveals the things that control us (anger, pride…), and begins to deal with them.