Lou Phillips is taking time to help us explore five spiritual disciplines Christians have been practicing for millennia and why we need them as much now as ever before. On day four, Lou takes the time to explore why the discipline of fasting was not only commended by Jesus but also practiced by Him, and then offers some helpful, practical tips on how to begin fasting.
See, the heart of fasting is: “God you are the sustainer of all things. And while food is what I need to function physically, I desire You more. I desire You more than life itself.”
[O]ne of the reasons I love the discipline of fasting is that it very clearly reminds me of how fragile I am. It shows me that I’m wholly dependent on God for everything, always.
Plan a time to fast in advance, choose how long you want to fast… However, the most important thing to remember is that during your fast, you need to take time and pray and read His Word. You’re not just not eating or dieting…and challenge yourself to stick to the details you’ve laid out.
Make it Personal
Have you tried to fast? If not, what is keeping you from it? If so, what is the biggest challenge to fasting?
What is something that you have been wrestling with that might be helpful to take to God in prayer, in Scripture reading, and in fasting?