If you’re sensing God pull you in the direction of a fast, then I’d like to answer the question, “What should I expect during a fast?” People who have never fasted before may have no idea what to expect. Therefore, I want to try my best to prepare you as much as possible so you’d be successful in fasting.
All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
Depending on how long you’re fasting, you may want to take extra measures to protect against constipation. Before and after fasting, eat foods that are rich in fiber. This would include fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, salads, bran cereal, fruit juices, etc. Of course, this is something you’d have to take into consideration for yourself, but I recommend it.
When fasting, take extra time for prayer and reading your Bible. If you feel like you have no time, I’d like to point out that you have the time that would normally be spent eating. Therefore, take that time and read the Bible and pray. Spend some time concentrating on the goodness of God in worship and focus on Him.
Also, be aware that the enemy will likely attack you. Whenever you begin to make positive progress for the Kingdom of God, the enemy is likely to attack. Therefore, be prepared against it. If you feel negative emotions begin to engulf you, recognize it as an attack and treat it as such. You may feel things like doubt, fear, loneliness, or depression. Don’t get worried or discouraged. Take that as a compliment because the enemy wouldn’t be attacking you if you weren’t a threat to his kingdom.
I’d recommend spending some time meditating on the basics truths of God’s Word:
- God loves you.
- You’re created in His special image.
- He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
- He’ll never leave you nor forsake you.
- Nothing can separate you from God’s love.
No matter how you feel, these things will always remain true. Don’t let the enemy lie to you or steal your obedience from God.
“Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
– Matthew 6:16-18
Another thing I’d like to warn you against is putting on a religious show. It’s true that you may feel super excited about your fast and may want to boast, but Jesus warns us against doing that.
Don’t put it on public display, brag about it, or make a show of it. Sure, there will be people that have to know about it. However, leave it at that. You should be able to continue your regular life while fasting. After some time, you may realize you can perform certain activities better while fasting. You might be surprised!
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