Fasting

Week 4: Fasting

“The purpose of fasting is to loosen to some degree the ties which bind us to the world of material things and our surroundings as a whole, in order that we may concentrate all our spiritual powers upon the unseen and eternal things.”  -Ole Hallesby

Fasting is such a great way to abstain from food or certain activities (such as watching TV or participating in other activities) IN ORDER to replace that time with pursuing God.  By denying our self and our own desires, God will not only begin to reveal sin in our life we may not even know was there, we will also begin to learn to be content with God when we don’t get what we want and to rely on Him to meet our needs.

Fasting is essentially dying to self and learning to trust God.  We need to learn to still be cheerful and content by the power of the Holy Spirit instead of by the power of chocolate, or FB comments, or instagrams likes.

The danger of fasting is that it can quickly become more about you than about God because you are the one who will feel the sting of fasting.  So start small and daily check your heart and remind yourself you are fasting SO THAT you can meet with God.

Activity #1:  Time Audit:

  • Every 30 minutes write down what you did.  Include every time you check your email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, search the web, watch TV, text,  or eat snacks.  At the end of the day, notice what you spend the majority of your time doing or eating.  Is there something that seems to consume most of your time or thoughts?  Pray and ask God if there is something on your list He desires you to “fast” from so that you can seek Him instead of the “thing” you have been doing.

Activity #2: Fasting

  • Decide on one thing you are going to “fast” from and how long you will fast from it.  Every time you start to crave what you are fasting from (either an activity or food), go through one of the prayer or meditation activities from the previous 2 weeks.  Remember, we are fasting in order to seek God so train yourself to look to Him and rely on Him when fasting gets difficult.

Activity #3:  Breathe Prayers

  • Throughout your fast, practice “breathe prayers”.  As you breathe out, you pray short phrases reminding you of God’s goodness and character.  “strong and cheerful”   “trusting God today”  “God will sustain me”

Activity #4: Journal

  • At the end of every day you fast, journal your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and anything you learned.  Spend time talking with God about what you felt during the day.

 

This week begins a week of intentionally denying something in order to seek God more.  As I spent a week meditating and memorizing God’s word last week, it was already really clear to me I needed to fast from FB, twitter, and games on my phone.  The Lord quickly revealed to me this past week how I turn to those things when I get stressed.  So this week I’m focusing on turning to God, instead of those things, when life gets crazy.  What about you?

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