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What to Fast?

Posted: January 03, 2017

A typical fast usually involves abstaining from food, or certain types of food. But for those who cannot or should not do a food fast, there are many other types of fasts that you can do.

You can fast a multitude of things: tv, music, internet, social media, complaining, ungratefulness, selfishness, and the list goes on!

The most important thing to do when choosing what to fast is to go about it prayerfully. The point of a fast is to refocus the attitude of your heart toward him and to seek him diligently during this specific time of fasting. When I fast, I like to choose something that is a time waster or a major distraction in my life, and during the time I would normal spend doing that certain activity, I purpose to spend that time with the Lord, reading the word and praying.

Or, for example, if you’re struggling with complaining, choose a specific verse each day to memorize, and when you find yourself about to complain, recite the verse instead or take a moment to pray, asking God to continually change you into a new creation, more like him.

Remember, God cares less about what you fast, and more about the attitude of your heart when you fast.

And if you have questions about fasting, reach out to our Pastors. They will gladly assist you as you seek him more and more.

“That is why the Lord says, ‘Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.’ Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.”
- Joel 2:12-13 NLT

Lord, thank you that you will give me wisdom as I prayerfully choose what I should fast. Help me to seek you diligently during this time of fasting so that I may draw even closer to you. In Jesus' name, amen.