Once again, it’s been a while since my last post… almost 10 days, actually! I’ve been keeping busy with my goals, but I do hope I find the time to post more often, soon.
I talked about my new goals of fasting for my health in my last post, which, thankfully, I have continued pursuing those fasting goals. So far I’ve completed 2 48 hour fasts and after today, I’ll have completed my first 72 hour fast. My biggest problem is what I do after I fast. Once it ends, it’s like I want to eat all the food I have been denying myself, so I binge. Thankfully, I get full very easy, so even when I overindulge, I can’t do it too much. I’m making strict plans about what I will eat after I break this fast, so hopefully I will stay on track!
I’ve decided to dedicate this final day to God, even if I only have about 9 hours left of this 72 hour fast. Although God deserves more than just 9 hours, I hope He blesses me. I thought about researching and pursuing Biblical fasting when I got started with fasting in the first place, I just never got around to it. I wanted to challenge myself and simply get started with it, so I did. Now, I’m realizing how much I am probably missing out on through this experience since I did not include drawing closer to God in my goals.
There are many benefits of Biblical style fasting, but there are a few that I’m going to be focused on. First and foremost, I want to draw closer to God. Through a closer relationship with God, I will be able to feel His presence throughout my day, talk to Him like I should and feel his pullings on my heart towards pursuing the things that He created me to do. This brings me to my next focus for my Biblical fast: making decisions. There are many who fast just before making decisions. I assume that the abstinence from food or other distractions (since some people choose to fast from sex, TV, Social Media, etc.), helps one to focus on the problem that they’re trying to solve or the decision that needs to be made. I also believe that fasting, and replacing food with time spent with God (reading the Bible, praying, reading Biblical based literature, etc.) will allow a person to draw closer to God, which will help them to make the best decisions since God is their new focus.
Here are some Bible verses about fasting that I will be holding onto:
“Even Now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
This passage tells me that God wants us to lean on Him in times of sadness and loss through fasting. Although I have not lost anyone recently, I have been feeling the burden of sadness due to my husband’s health as of late. Perhaps God will bless me with the knowledge on how to aid my husband in turning his health around.
Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant -the Ten commandments.
This one tells me that God wants us to draw closer to Him so that we can share His words, and speak His truths to do amazing things.
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.
This passage is a powerful one because it tells me that through fasting and drawing closer to God, He will provide for us the strength we need to reject temptations and stay true to our purpose and God’s design.
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Although obviously, I am not fasting in secret, I hope God sees my intent in sharing my experience. I am not doing this in hopes to gain attention, but in hopes to perhaps inspire others to see the value in this pursuit.
- I’m thankful that I have lasted as long as I have during this fast. I’m thankful that although I had not asked for it, God provided me with the strength I needed to keep going when it was most challenging.
- I’m thankful that this fast was easy as far as my physical symptoms. I had no headaches or other problems that some get.
- I’m thankful for the nutritious food that I plan to eat later on today. I hope God blesses my body with it and I hope He uses it to keep me healthy for the fast that I will begin in His honor immediately after my meal.
- I’m thankful for the plans that God has in my future which I hope will be clearer to me through my fasts.
- I’m thankful for the changes in my health which I have complete faith in God that I will see very soon. More than simple weight loss, I know God will hear my prayers about my health concerns and enable my body to heal completely.
- I’ve decided to put my faith in God that my husband’s health will soon be of no concern to me; that he will realize his mistakes, cling to God, friends, and family for support, and make the changes he needs to make to become healthy.
Thank you for reading, I hope this post inspired you for the better! Have you ever fasted or considered fasting? What are you thankful for today, and what do you have to be thankful for in the future?