“After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.”
Whoa. Slow down there, Jesus. Fasting for 40 days? I can barely miss a breakfast!
#Firstworldproblems make “fasting” difficult because we are not accustomed to going without a meal. People living in impoverished areas must rely on God for their meals, just as we must rely on Him when we should skip one or multiple meals.
The purpose of fasting is deep and wide (I cover the topic in more depth in chapter 10 of my book) but to provide a simple definition: Fasting is denying ourselves something we love for the sake of something we love more. We give up food as a way to connect closely to the heart of God, bring breakthrough in areas that we struggle, and reveal our next steps.
Fasting has benefits that extend beyond the spiritual and reset us physically. After your prayer time, feel free to Google the physical improvements of fasting– it may help convince you to take the leap and try it!
1.) Fasting is submitting our eating habits to God and choosing Him over food. What about fasting makes you the most anxious? Submit those worries to God.
2.) God knows what your body can and cannot handle. I have seen those who need food for medical reasons fast and entire day and not have one problem, and seen pregnant women sick within a few hours. Pray about what God is asking you to fast and for how long, and have an open mind.
3.) Pray for a date to fast next week and share with the group. Your Fives leader will keep you each accountable to your day. You’ll never know if it works if you don’t try!