Sometimes the most helpful advice when starting out in a fast is of a very basic and practical nature.
For most people, fasting is foreign and therefore we don’t know what to expect in terms of physical occurrences. Many turn back after the first day, simply because they don’t think they are cut out for this type of thing.
One of the most basic needs of the human body is of course for food – take that away and the body goes into meltdown.
The first thing that was said of Jesus after he had been on a prolonged fast was …he was hungry!
Matthew 4:2 After fasting for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
Yes…the first thing that you will feel is ravenous. Even a piece of dry bread will be to die for. It’s normal.
Here are just a few simple guidelines on fasting that will help you on your journey, be it the first fast or hundredth you’ve been on:
– Fasting without being combined with prayer is little more than dieting. Set aside a few moments each day in prayer when you would normally be eating. Find a quiet room at home or go for a walk in your lunch break at work in order to pray.
– There will be days when your energy is sapped and you can’t focus on prayer. Don’t condemn yourself- Jesus sees your sacrifice.
– Fasting is like spring cleaning for the body – drink as much water as possible each day. I normally get a headache on the first 1-2 days of fasting; If you do it’s usually a sign that you needed to fast! Headaches come from burning off the toxins that have been stored up in your body. It’s also your body craving the caffeine that you normally give it daily. After three days, the headaches will usually disappear.
– Whenever you fast for at least three days, your digestive system shuts down and takes a well-earned rest. Some feel sluggish and can’t sleep and yes you’ll feel hungry, but after those initial days, if you’ll keep drinking plenty of water and juices, you’ll come out the other side into an amazing ‘sweet place’. You’ll begin to find a deeper relationship with God than you’ve ever known before and the thoughts of food and eating will take a back seat.
-Remember: if you’re already feeling like giving up, you’re not alone in this. There are lots of people right now joining together in this spiritual fast.
Whatever you’ve decided to fast during this next few days, push through and you’ll see a breakthrough.
Ezra 8:23 …So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.
Why not join us over the next 10 days in praying and fasting for four Nights of Hope – Thursday 26th- Sunday 29th March?
For more info go to nightsofhope.com
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