Intermittent fasting is a buzzword right now. While today’s dieting world touts it as a weight loss tactic, people have been
Traditionally, fasting is the practice of abstaining from food and most drinks for a period of time. That time is then replaced with prayer. However, this practice isn’t limited to food. People also give up things in their lives that distract them from God.
Here are non-food things people commonly fast from:
The point of fasting is to temporarily give up something that consumes a great deal of your time or focus. Instead of engaging in that activity, you focus your time and energy on God in prayer. Use the cravings and desires that come as reminders to turn your attention back to God and allow God to fill the spaces.
Luke 4:1-2 provides an example of Jesus fasting. Before He began His public ministry, Jesus took time away from the crowds, gave up food and drink and focused solely on God.
Fasting isn’t a means by which individuals judge their own spirituality against those in a community. It’s not a measuring stick of how spiritual a person is or isn’t. It’s not a requirement nor is it an item on a checklist of how to be spiritual.
Instead, it’s a commitment to spend time with God. It’s a means of seeking God’s guidance and evaluating your own life in light of the Bible.
This spiritual discipline is about your relationship with God.
Imagine for a moment that you’ve willingly chosen to give up your most prized activity for your spouse or a friend. What would happen if you spent that time focused solely on that person? What would it do for your relationship?
There is little instruction about how to fast in the Bible, but there are plenty of examples of people who fasted. Learn about the key times in which individuals and nations fasted in the Bible.
Fasting helps you to humble yourself and remember that you depend on God alone to meet all your needs. And for a time, it makes feeding your soul a higher priority than feeding your body.
We desperately need to see the face and hear the voice of our heavenly Father. I give up physical food to receive spiritual nourishment. So does it work? How do you know if you’re “doing it right”?
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