For the next 21 days I am fasting. Sure, there are proponents of true fast that balk at my making a public acknowledgement. But for me, I share that I am fasting with those closest to me for spiritual covering; and to others for the opportunity to talk about my faith in God. I have no holiday gluttony from which to repent. I speak no petition as a bargaining chip to manifest some favor. I profess no piety other than love.
When I fast I become ever more mindful of God. Sometimes, this leads me to utter specific prayers for myself or others; but not unlike how I pray usually. Sometimes, fasting causes me to lose about five pounds; about as much as usual when I just stop indulging on cherry sours and banana chews at any given point during the year. Sometimes, when I fast, I forget and reach for meats or sweets; because I am human.
Fasting to me is joyful worship. When I fast during a corporate call to fast I am most sensitive to the presence of Spirit. I feel an unusual surge in discernment and clarity, even if the power is not needed on my behalf. When I learn of others' intentions and petitions during a season of corporate fast, I join my submission to Spirit with theirs for God to answer.
If you fast:
- Use common sense. Choose the fast that does not compromise your health and medication schedule.
- Drink water. Not sports drinks, sugar laden juices, or caffeinated drinks. Water.
- Get rest. Go to bed earlier. Sleep longer.
Fast as you are lead by Spirit. God is not about legalism. God is love.
- Daniel Fast: may churches have embarked upon this fast. No sweets or meats or breads. Drink water and juices. Eat soy or veggie burgers.
- Sacrifice Fast: give up personal indulgences, i.e., aforementioned cherry sours, television, social media, swearing, etc.
- Partial Fast: abstaining from food between sun-up and sun-down. Drink water only during this period.
- Absolute Fast: being lead by Holy Spirit and cleared with you physician, abstain from food and drink for a set number of days.
For the next 21 days I am fasting. Although I do not feign to understand the mystery of giving up meats and sweets correlating with Divine favor, I fast for the joy of participating in corporate worship. May God be pleased with this demonstration of our praise.