Prayer and Fasting Begins

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In a previous post, I wrote about Prayer and Fasting, and my desire to do so for a 21 day period. I started on Monday, March 5th. Actually a day later than I planned. But anyway, I started.  I have decided to fast from sweets  until April 1st, Easter. Sweets are something that I have a hard time resisting. During this period of fasting, each time I am tempted to have a sweet and I refuse, I am going to try to say, “Thank You” to God for all He has done for me and that this small effort of mine is a way to say so.  I will try to say a prayer at that time as well.  Each morning I am going to incorporate a time of prayer to set the tone for the day. My goal out of all of this is to have a closer relationship with the Lord.  I will pray about the needs of family, friends, the nation and of course, myself.

How to Begin a Prayer and Fasting Journey

  • Decide what area of life you want to focus on. Your health, relationships, finances, etc.
  • Decide what you will fast from, certain foods, certain meals each day, social media, cell phone, TV, whatever is a stronghold of sorts for you.
  • Determine the length of the fast. 10 days, 21 days, 30 days?
  • Set aside time each day to pray. Doesn’t have to be a long stretch. Whatever works for you.
  • Be committed to following through.
  • If so desired, keep a journal each day. This will help you when the fast is over to look back and see what emotions or experiences you were having during the fast. You can see how you grew over this time period.
  • Each time your abstain from whatever it is you are fasting from, remember to Thank God. Remember Jesus’s great sacrifice on the cross and express that this is your small way of thanking Him.

 

I hope you will join me on the journey and I look forward to your comments and thoughts about this topic and your experiences.  Many Blessings!

 

Praying and Fasting, Is This Something We Should Do?

 

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I have heard about the concept of prayer and fasting from scripture. I have witnessed people I know participate in this activity, annually for a specific length of time. I have never done this myself, however.  I have given up particular foods and such for lent. That was a type of fasting. But it wasn’t combined with prayer or intention.

Those who partake of this practice are convinced that it is a game changer for them. It bolsters their faith and enhances their spiritual growth. Some say it releases the power of God in a new way in their lives.  This year, the pastor of our church has given us a challenge to fast and pray for a 21 day period ending March 31.  The fasting doesn’t mean fast from all foods everyday. It can be whatever you choose. Fast from sun-up to sun-down. Or fast a particular meal or a particular food. Whatever it may be. But in conjunction with the fasting is the prayer. You don’t have to do it for a specific time frame. You can chose 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, whatever.

I have decided to do the 21 day fast. Since this process will be something new for me, I am seeking to gather information and guidance from scripture as well as others who have been doing this for a while.   Here are a few of the resources I am looking into to help me with this : Jentzen Franklin, Fasting,  John Piper,  A Hunger for God.  

While the fasting is going on, I am looking forward to the time spent in prayer. What will my prayers be at this time?  Will I indeed increase in faith?  I am hopeful that this will be an amazing spiritual time for me but at the same time, I am concerned if I will actually stick with it.  My motivation for things (especially pertaining to food) often wane over a short period of time.  I am planning on journaling as well during this time (another thing I have a hard time keeping up with). My fast will likely include skipping my evening snack (which has become a habit for me) or cutting out caffeine and chocolate, and I  will try to spend an allotted amount of prayer in its place.

With my new journey of trying to live life fearlessly, I am doing more and more to step out of my comfort zone. And I must say…this is one of those things. But with faith and trust in God, He will help me get through it and help me to  grow spiritually in the process.

Note: If you have health issues, please consult your doctor to be sure you fast in a way that is not harmful to you.