Fasting is part of our Lenten practise. We sometimes fast to lose weight and get fit. Perhaps we can think of fasting from behaviour that hurts another person. Let us do away with grumbling, gossiping, and being sarcastic. We can fast or do without so that we can be more focused on what God is asking of us and what are the needs of our brothers and sisters.
If we decide to do without food or drink which are a normal part of everyday life I found the following advice helpful:
- Start slow. If you’ve never fasted before, begin with just one meal.
- Continue to drink water to stay hydrated. While some individuals in the Bible fasted from both food and water, this choice can be dangerous if you’re not experienced with fasting or haven’t consulted a medical professional.
- If you’re accustomed to drinking caffeine, don’t stop suddenly. Decrease your intake for a few days before you fast or you may suffer headaches.
- Don’t overeat before or after your fast. Eat smaller, healthier meals, including raw foods before and after.
- Tell only people that you must, but try to be considerate of others in your schedule if you fast.
- Make a firm, prayerful commitment before you begin that you can remember while you’re fasting. Your commitment to fast is between you and God, so be sure to make a sincere, wholehearted commitment.
- Consciously reflect on Scripture and your experience. Your physical response will often reveal a spiritual truth about yourself.
It is important that we don’t put on a gloomy face. Maintain a sense of joy and always let the spirit guide you.