I have had several people reach out and ask me about fasting for Lent (which starts tomorrow) so I thought I’d do a quick post about my PERSONAL thoughts on fasting and how I’ve handled it in the past. I want to start off by saying these are MY thoughts, not coming from our church (since I work there I just want to be clear on that)!
I have always felt that fasting should be SIMPLE, not to be confused with easy. The point of fasting is to be able to focus your time and energy on prayer. To give up something that will challenge you and direct your thoughts to God. I personally feel that if I were to do the “Daniel Fast” or give up meat or do whole 30 or another dietary fast my days would be consumed with what I am going to eat everyday, which is not the purpose at all.
So I keep it simple. Giving up sweets, that’s simple, but for me personally that is my one vice, when I’m having a bad day I turn to sweets for comfort. I know a lot of people give up some form of media (especially facebook). There is genuinely no wrong choice on what to give up. When you are mad, sad, angry, anxious, worried, etc. what do you turn to? That would be one place to start when considering what you might want to give up. Pray about it, and trust your gut on that. I knew someone one time who felt like she was supposed to give up snickers bars which she thought was ridiculous until day one of her fast, she got upset at work and found herself at the vending machine purchasing a snickers bar and in that moment she realized she ate a snickers every time she was upset.
If you’ve never tried it, do it. If you have something in your life you need a break through on, do it. If it terrifies you, do it. If you are afraid you are going to fail at it, do it anyway. I personally have had more answered prayers during times of fasting than any other time in my life. I also get a lot of peace from it and am more joyful. I am excited to see what God does in my life and in the lives of people around me. If you are praying audacious prayers right now and want me to partner with you feel free to message me and I’d love to pray for your needs!