Important Note: Fasting requires reasonable precautions. If you have any health concerns, please consult your physician prior to beginning your fast, especially if you are taking any medication, have a chronic condition, or are pregnant or nursing a baby.
As you prepare to fast, consider the type of plan that works best for you. No one fast is more inherently spiritual than another.
Do not let the rules of the fast become your focus. Your motivation should be your desire to draw closer to God. This is a time to partially disconnect from your regular patterns and habits to connect more closely to God.
Start Where You Are
We are all at different places in our walk with God. Likewise our jobs, daily schedules, and health conditions are all different and place various levels of demands on our energy. Whether you’ve fasted before or this is your first time, start where you are. Don’t compare yourself to somebody else.
Your personal fast should present a level of challenge but know and respond to your own body, know your options and, most importantly, seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
Remember, the goal of fasting is not just to do without food; the goal is to draw nearer to God.
Choose Your Type of Fast
Choose your fast and prepare for it. The more you prepare, the higher your chances of success.
To learn more about the different types of fasts, click here.
Begin And Break The Fast Wall
Take a week or so to transition into your fast, otherwise you could get sick. For example, if you would like to go on a fruits and vegetables or juice fast, start eliminating meat, white grains, and refined sugars from your diet the week before. Also start to cut back on dairy products and some of your caffeine intake.
The same principle applies to breaking your fast. When your fast is over, add foods back in very gradually. Please don’t break your fast with a greasy cheeseburger! Because your body is so cleansed and detoxified, you may get sick if you do that.
Final Fasting Tips
Other ideas that can help make your fasting experience more pleasant and helpful:
- As you select your type of fast, make a fasting calendar that fits your plan.
Determine what each day will look like.
- Keep your refrigerator and pantry stocked with the items you need. Being unprepared to fast sets you up to give into temptation. Choose well when selecting products, stick to raw food as much as you can and limit artificial ingredients.
- Make it a priority to attend church. Being around other believers will encourage you to keep going when fasting gets difficult.
- If you mess up, don’t get discouraged. Just get right back on track and keep going.
God’s mercies “are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22–23). He wants you to finish, and He will give you the grace and strength to do it.
Just like prayer and fasting, reading your Bible is about connecting to God in a more powerful way. It is not about duty but about relationship. When we engage God through reading His Word, we engage the very presence of God. His Word is living and active! As we read our Bible, we are drawing closer to God and positioning ourselves to hear from Him in particular ways.