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Fasting

HOW TO OBSERVE A FAST

The disciples did not fast from food while they were with Jesus, but He told them that a time would come once more when they would. Fasting has long been a part of the practices of the Christian Church. And, as with all Christian spirituality, we deprive ourselves for the purpose of acquiring something positive. Fasting is to be linked with a deeper commitment to prayer over the course of the time. It can be done regularly as part of one's life, or it can be reserved for special occasions when we need God's help or wisdom.

At the very least, a fast frees the time that you would ordinarily spend eating for opportunity to pray.

Fasting frequently has the effect of focusing one's mind in prayer. However, this is best noticed when a fast lasts more than one day. Giving up food for a single meal or even a single day mostly leaves you intensely aware that you are hungry.

PRINCIPLES

  • It is proper to talk as little as possible about your participation in a fast.
  • It is very appropriate for young children to pray, but not to fast.
  • A fast is always voluntary.
  • It is possible to fast for three days while living your regular schedule, but you should not exercise or go to the gym. A fast for longer than three days requires even greater restriction of one's activity.
  • If you begin to feel ill or faint, you should break your fast by eating something small.
  • Stay hydrated: drink lots of water and fruit juices during a fast. Never fast from all fluids.