Fasting is an ancient practice that can be traced back to biblical times. Fasting often involves abstaining from food and drink, but it’s not just about physical hunger. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that helps people focus on God by restraining their fleshly desires. It brings us closer to Christ and allows us to experience the power of prayer.
What To Do When Fasting As A Christian
1. Get a group to fast with.
There are many benefits to fasting when you are part of a group. It’s not just easier to comply with the health guidelines when there is someone else to encourage you, but also because your friends can provide moral support and help you through any difficult moments of temptation. When we are trying hard to achieve something, it helps us greatly to know that others are also working hard at the same thing, so having your friends join in on your fast can increase its effectiveness exponentially.
If possible, try getting together with some like-minded peers who have similar motivations for their fast as well: maybe they want to lose weight or get healthier; maybe they won’t grow closer in their walk with God; maybe they’re hoping that a period of abstinence will help them resist temptations later on down the line. Whatever it may be that motivates each individual participant in this group fast—and whatever different reasons prompt everyone else involved—it helps if all participants agree upon one common purpose for fasting together.
2. Fast during Lent (Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday).
Lent is a time of fasting and prayer, as well as preparing for Easter. During Lent, you abstain from eating things like meat and sweets in order to focus on your faith. You also give up something that you enjoy doing every day, such as watching television or spending time with friends.
During Lent, you have an opportunity to reflect on the life of Jesus and how he lived his life while here on earth. This reflection can help you better understand what it means to be a Christian and live your life in accordance with God’s Word (the Bible).
3. Fasting is not just abstaining from food and drink, but abstaining from any wrong desire of the flesh or the things that take our focus off of God.
Fasting is not just about abstaining from food and drink. It’s a way to humble yourself and open your heart to God.
The Bible says in Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
When we fast, we are moving our focus off of the things of this world (our bank accounts) and onto things that matter more than money like an eternity with Jesus Christ. We are entering into a spiritual discipline that allows us to seek God in an intentional way while experiencing physical discomfort that helps us realize our need for Him as well!
4. Prepare to fast by starting with a day of prayer and repentance.
Before you begin your fast, you’ll want to prepare yourself mentally and physically. This means that you should do the following:
- Pray! Ask God for strength and wisdom, because fasting is not easy.
- Repent of any sins that might prevent you from being successful during your fast (if this applies).
- Remain positive and focused on all of the good things that can come out of your fast (if this applies).
- Ask God to help you do your best while fasting and then be more like Jesus when it’s over (if this applies).
5. Always consult your doctor before you start fasting.
It is important to remember that fasting is not for everyone, and you should always consult with your doctor before beginning any eating plan.
For example, if you are on medication or have medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, fasting may not be the best option for you. Pregnant women should also avoid fasting as it can cause complications during childbirth and breastfeeding mothers should not fast because it could negatively impact their infant’s health.
6. Fasting as a Christian can help you grow closer to God.
Fasting as a Christian can help you grow closer to God. It helps you focus on God because when we are fasting we are more conscious of Him. Fasting is also a very humbling experience. When we fast, it enables us to be more patient and less prone to anger or impatience; this is hard for all of us, but especially for those who have trouble with being impatient! Fasting also makes us more loving and grateful for what we have in life; this is especially true if fasting includes giving up something that is dear to us (like chocolate).
Fasting is a time-honored Christian tradition that can be used to help you grow closer to God. It’s important to remember, though, that fasting isn’t just about abstaining from food and drink—it’s about abstaining from any wrong desires of the flesh or things that take our focus off of God. Also, don’t forget to prepare for your fast by starting with a day of prayer and repentance!