I know the first rule of fasting is don’t talk about fasting, but I really felt the need to write about this experience. I’m ashamed to say that this is my first time truly fasting, and I really didn’t know anything about it at first. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m alone in this boat. I knew what fasting was growing up, but we never really did it or even talked about putting it into practice, which I believe is missing out on a major part of our spiritual development. While Jesus never explicitly commanded that we fast, he clearly expects it of us and countless people have testified to the incredible benefits of fasting. So, I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to tell you about fasting: what it is, why we should do it, what it does for us, what it means, and what we should expect.
I am fasting this week with the Makua missionary team in Mozambique, the team I will be interning with this summer, as they pray to defeat the “giants” that hinder the gospel among the Makua people. I must admit that I entered the fast blindly. They asked if those who wanted to participate would skip a meal or two, so I decided that I would go two weeks without dinner. After I was compelled to do some more research on fasting, I felt called to intensify my fast and really commit to this spiritual discipline.
Each journal entry contains my physical reaction to the day, my spiritual reaction, and the scripture and/or song that I meditated on that day. If you, like me, don’t know much about fasting I hope that you’ll read my journal and other posts on fasting to better understand it, and perhaps dig further. My non-biblical information came from Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline, but I have heard that Scot McKnight’s Fasting and Arthur Wallis’s God’s Chosen Fast are also good choices.
In my journal I’ll be going through 3 different phases:
1) The Pre-Fast (Week 1: no food after 5:00pm, 3:00pm, 12:00pm, 11:00am, breakfast only)
2) ) The Fast (Sunday & Monday: juice & water, Tuesday-Saturday: water only)
4) Breaking the Fast (Easter Sunday)