FASTING


Fasting is the practice of sacrificing something in order to focus our attention on and increase our appetite for God. Fasting is a willing abstinence from food for a period of time. We live in a culture of excess – not only when it comes to food, but also in regard to luxury, material possessions, comfort, fame, and addiction. For so many of us, the desires of our body have come to hold power over us. In the battle with our “flesh,” we have become its slave, not its master.

Fasting is a dramatically counter-cultural practice to deny the flesh the basic necessity of food, and instead hunger after God alone. Fasting resets your focus, cultivates healthy spiritual disciplines, and increases your awareness of God.

TYPES OF FASTS:

  • Full fast (no food, only liquids)
  • Daniel Fast (eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water. Eat fruits and vegetables)
  • Partial fast (fasting part of the day – for example, from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sun up to sundown)

Click here for more on why and how to fast and here for a talk on fasting from Ps Greg