In these modern times, it’s important to remember our roots and the simple things that used to make us who we were. For centuries, fasting helped people to build themselves into better humans. While much of this was lost with the introduction of agriculture and other modern amenities, it can be a great way to improve your relationship with God. Below is an overview of how fasting works, why its important for believers, and some tips for how you can start your own practice to improve yourself and your life.
How To Start Fasting For God
- Fasting is the voluntary abstinence from food and drink.
- Fasting is an ancient spiritual discipline that has been practiced since biblical times.
- Fasting is a way to draw closer to God, grow in your faith and strengthen your willpower.
1. What is fasting?
Fasting is not eating. Fasting does not mean you’re starving yourself or depriving yourself of food. It means that, on purpose and with intentionality, you will choose not to eat as much as you normally would.
Fasting is not starvation. This can be a difficult concept for some people to grasp because they have such negative connotations associated with the word “starvation”—it conjures up images of the Holocaust and other horrific events in history where people were forced into hunger and starvation simply for being who they were (i.e., Jews). However, fasting from food is different from these experiences of hunger in that it involves a choice made by an individual who has access to food but chooses instead not to eat as much food as he or she usually would consume during a given period of time (i.e., 24 hours).
2. What are the benefits?
Fasting is a choice to abstain from food and drink for a certain period of time. Fasting is often done as a spiritual practice in many religions for various reasons, but it can also benefit your health. Some people choose to fast for health reasons, such as weight loss or improved digestion, while others fast in order to focus on God and their relationship with Him.
Here are some benefits that you may experience if you decide to start fasting:
- Fasting helps you to focus on God and your relationship with Him
- Fasting is a time of prayer and reflection
- Fasting helps you to become self-disciplined
- Fasting helps develop new perspective on life
3. When and why should I fast?
It’s important to note that fasting is not something you do to lose weight. While it can help with weight loss, fasting should not be used as a dieting tool. It’s a spiritual discipline, and when done properly will help you grow closer to God by helping you focus on Him instead of what your stomach or body needs. Fasting should also never be viewed as punishment—it should be seen as an act of worship and love for God.
4. What kinds of fasts can I do?
You can fast from food and drink, or you can include sleep. You can also fast from food and drink, and exclude entertainment or pleasure. There are many ways to go about fasting for God. The important thing is that you keep in mind the reason for your fast, so that it doesn’t become just another way of trying to earn favor with God.
5. Tips for your first fast
- Have enough water
- Don’t push yourself too hard
- Make sure you have enough protein
- Make sure you have enough salt
- Make sure you have enough sugar and vitamins, minerals, etc., too (all of these things are in your body’s natural response to fasting)
Fasting helps to improve your relationship with God.
Fasting helps you to focus on God. It is a great opportunity to turn your attention away from all the things that distract you and instead look at God, who is always there for us. Fasting helps you to feel closer to God. When we fast, we feel hunger and thirst for something; so when we eat food again after fasting, it tastes much better than before. This feeling makes us more grateful for what we have and causes us not only appreciate our food but also every other blessing in life!
A person’s relationship with God can be stronger by fasting because it increases their love for him or her more than anything else does! The feeling of hunger during a fast will help us understand how much Jesus suffered on Earth due his love for humanity (and therefore how much he loves me!)
We hope that this article has given you a better understanding of what fasting is and why it’s important. We encourage you to start your own fast and enjoy the benefits of this spiritual practice!