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Fasting is a sacred time in which Christians abstain from food, or other pleasures, and take the time to focus on God. If you are interested in focusing your life around God, while feeding the poor, deepening your faith -- read on and find out how!
Before the Fast
- Determine the reasons of your choice to fast. This may be repentance of sin, deepening your personal relationship with Him, asking for His strength or wisdom, etc.
- Hold the right motives. Note that fasting as a Christian means to humble thyself before Him. It is a way to Glorify our Lord. Keep these aspects in mind while you fast. Try to hold off any other reasons for fasting such as weight loss, etc. Center it around Jesus.
- Pray before your fast. Pray, confessing every one of your sins, and inviting the Holy Spirit to lead your life. Let Jesus know you wish to know Him personally. Acknowledge that He has died on the cross for our sins and rose to Heaven 3 days later, freeing us from condemnation, and giving us His free gift of eternal life. Ask forgiveness from everyone you have hurt; ask forgiveness from God. Forgive those who have hurt you.
- Meditate on the Gospel, and on the Holy traits of our Lord. These may include the ability to forgive, His strength or wisdom, His peace, the capacity to love unconditionally, etc. Praise Him for these attributes! Surrender your life and thank Him for all He has done for you!
- Determine the length of your fasting experience, whether this is for 1 meal, 1 day, 3 days or a week (Jesus fasted for a period of 40 days, but that is no sign that anyone else might do that). You may wish to try a shorter fast, and start slowly at first, if you have not previously fasted.
- Note the type of fast you are being called to. You may feel that Holy Spirit calls you to a specific type of fast. A partial fast may mean giving up only certain types of foods. Juice fasts remove the pleasure of chewing any type of solid food, yet fruit and vegetable juices are permitted.
- Drink enough water to support life, since it is not a food, observing this Absolute Caution: In an absolute fast one abstains from solid and liquid "foods" -- for example, fruit juices are foods -- but, water is essential for life, as one may go into a foggy mental state, then coma and die after a mere 4 or 5 days of dehydration.
During the Fast
- Hold morning worship. Worship Him and praise Him for His attributes. Read Godâs Word, and meditate that God will lend you His Wisdom, so that you input His Word into your life, and gain a full understanding of it. Pray for Godâs Will to be done, and for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Ask God to lead you in spreading His Glory into the world we live in.
- Go for a prayer walk. Walk outside, hand in hand with nature, while noticing Godâs wondrous creation. Thank Him for everything He has created as you walk. Ask Him to give thee a spirit of thanksgiving and appreciation.
- Pray for the welfare of others. Pray that church leaders will preach His Word as God intended, that your friends and family members will grow closer to Him or accept Him into their lives; pray for government leaders to come to Him and ask Him for His Will.
Breaking (after) the Fast
This is one of the recommended ways to return to a regular eating habit after fasting.
- Gradually add in a raw salad the first day of breaking your fast.
- The 2nd day, add a baked potato, avoiding any fat or salt on the potato.
- The 3rd day, add a steamed vegetable. Afterwards, progressively initiate additional foods into your eating. Do this to avoid gorging.
- Make time for personal prayer. Cast all cares unto Him. Remember to pray about everything and worry about nothing
- You may wish to try spending about 1 week, or so, eating smaller meals and abstaining from sugary foods and caffeine to prepare yourself for total fasting. The 2 days before you begin your actual fast, you might eat only fruits and vegetables, while drinking only water. This will prepare your appetite (physically) and your mind for going without your favorite foods.
- For juice fasters: Fresh watermelon, lemons, grapes, apples, cabbage, beets, carrots, celery, or leafy green vegetables are the healthiest for the stomach. Avoid citrus and other acidic juices. Wake in the morning to a glass of freshly squeezed non-acidic fruit juice. Around midday, drink a cup of fresh vegetable juice. Around 3:00 P.M., try a glass of herbal tea, making sure it does not consist of any caffeine. In the evening, heat up some carrots and mixed vegetables in boiling water. Do not add salt or oils. Drink the vegetable broth, but let someone else eat the veges.
- If you accidentally eat something, repent and forget. This may happen, because you eat by habit.
- Those suffering from eating disorders of any kind should not fast.
- Fasting should not be used as a method of weight control.
- Be sure to get plenty of rest.
- Milk or soy drinks are not included in a juice fast.
- Beware of the breakdown of tissues and electrolyte loss. Include doctoral advice and care in your fasting experience.
- Avoid overeating or even gorging when you come off your fast.
- You may become dizzy during fasting if you're doing a juice fast.
- Don't boast when you fast. Matt 6:17 When you fast don't tell anybody. But your Heavenly Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
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