Last year, I fasted for the first time. My church took part in a corporate fast spearheaded by Jentezen Franklin and his church and I was at a point spiritually that was so dry and dull and frankly unsatisfying that I decided it was time for drastic measures. For three weeks I fasted, and it had the most amazing impact on my life throughout 2012 that I did additional fasts later on.
Starting Sunday, we will be beginning our second annual fast, and like last year I will be blogging about it. Every Friday (and possibly in between; we’ll see) I will post about the fast, how it’s going, things I’ve learned, and so on. I invite you, if you’ve never fated before, to start one. I would recommend that you NOT jump in headfirst without knowing anything about fasting. It’s a tough deal, especially prolonged fasts. There are different types of fasts, different lengths, many different encouraging Scriptures to arm yourself with, and also many different “tricks of the trade” if you will to successful fasting.
My first attempt at a 3-week fast, I only made it through 6 days and then broke down and ate a snack food that I didn’t even like to begin with. I wasn’t prepared. I spent the remaining 15 days sneaking foods outside of the fasting guidelines because I had already told people I was going to do the fast. Not good.
Thankfully, there are a ton of resources out there to help equip you to fast. Jentezen Franklin has books, sermons, and other materials you can use. I’m currently reading a book by Marilyn Hickey that is very good and contains information that is practical and new to me.
I’ll go ahead and throw out a dislaimer: If you have any kind of health issues, especially those involving cardiac difficulty, blood sugar problems, odd metabolism, anemia, vitamin or mineral deficiences, or take prescriptions, etc, you should consult your physician before making any fasting desicions.
With that, I’ll say so long until next time. Look forward to blogging through the next year with you!