Practical tips for spiritual fasting
• It may not be appropriate
or medically advisable to fast food - e.g. if pregnant or if you are involved in work which involves extensive physical exercise etc.
• the purpose of the fast
is not to lose weight! The goal of your fast is draw near to God.
can mean skipping one or two meals, not eating at all between meals, not eating for a day or even three days or more.
• consider fasting other things
than food. Remember that the whole point of fasting is to draw close to God - sometimes other things can get in the way of this. Examples of things to consider abstaining from:-
tea or coffee
These are just some examples - what is difficult for one person to abstain from may be easy for someone else. Remember that fasting is a personal thing between you and God, so consider carefully something that would be difficult for you to give up (for a period). If it's difficult for you to do then this is probably the best thing to go for!
• Breaking the fast
If you haven't eaten for a while (more than a day) then be careful not to eat too much to begin with, as this can be a shock to your system. This is especially true for long fasts (three days or more), where eating needs to be re-introduced gradually.
If you've been fasting together as a group or church, then why not come together and break your fast with a breakfast!