10 Fasting Tips: A Christian Guide

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Fasting is a common practice in Christianity. When Jesus was talking with His disciples He taught them about fasting. It was expected that His disciples would fast (Matthew 6:16-18). Here are some tips for fasting.

Plan Your Fast

The Bible has examples of one-day, three-day, seven-day and forty-day fasts (Judges 20:26, Esther 4:16, 1 Samuel 31:13 and Matthew 4 respectively). You should enter your fast with prayer and aPrayer is the language specific plan for how long you will fast.

There are various types of fasts as well. Some people fast with only water for short periods, while others maintain multi-week fasts with juice and broth maintaining a strict liquid diet. Both are valid. You simply need to decide what is right for your body and your purposes.

Part of planning your fast should be to educate yourself on different types of fasts and reasons to fast. It is also important to know how to break your fast properly. This becomes more critical the longer your fast lasts.

Consider Your Schedule

While a fast, by nature, is inconvenient, it should be an inconvenience to you—not to those around you. You should not obligate your family to skip Christmas dinner because of your fast. This takes away the personal nature of fasting.

Tell Only the People You Must

Your spouse will need to know you are fasting. Beyond that, you would be better off not telling many people that you are fasting. Most won’t understand. Fasting can also become a source of pride and boasting as you spread the news to more and more people.

Telling your pastor can be a help both to you and to him. It will be an encouragement for him to pray more specifically for you during this time. And you will know that someone is praying for your spiritual and physical well being.

Wean Yourself Off Caffeine

Several days before your fast begins, you should start weaning yourself off caffeine. Some people experience unbearable headaches 2 to 3 days after ceasing to drink caffeinated products. During your fast you will already be acutely aware of your stomach. There is no need to add a second discomfort if it can be avoided.

Avoid Media

Disconnecting from TV, radio, newspapers and the Internet can help you stay focused on your purpose for fasting. You will be less tempted by the constant bombardment of advertising as you become physically and emotionally challenged. Avoiding media will give you more time to focus on the Lord and His Word.

Disconnect from people

Fasting is not necessarily a vacation, though dedicating time off and away from people during your fast can help you get the most benefit out of this precious time. Leave your email and cellphone behind. If possible, find someone who can cover your responsibilities at work and ministry. Many people fast and still carry on their normal daily activities. But if you can get away, it will give you more time in quietness and stillness with the lord.

Beware of Your Emotions

Some people experience vast mood swings during a fast. One moment they are totally focused on God and the next they are wallowing in pity. Knowing that this is likely to happen will help you react properly. Learning to refocus on God and His goodness during this tough emotional time will help when your fast is over and you experience similar emotions.

Rest

Laziness is a problem that the Bible speaks against, but most of us today suffer from being too busy and not getting the rest we need. If you disconnect from the media and other people you will have extra time allowing you to get a full night’s sleep. During your fast you will be forced to slow down since you won’t be needing long meal breaks. A fast will reveal to you that you have too many activities and busyness in your day-to-day routine.

Stay Physically Active

You should take time to rest but this does not mean you should do nothing. Enjoy a walk in God’s creation. Outside of His Word, His creation is one of the best ways that God has revealed Himself to us.

Be Still and Focus on God

Fasting  is a time to study God’s Word, meditate and pray. To help with this, plan a specific Bible passage or topic you want to study during your fast. Look for verses you want to memorize and meditate upon. Fasting by Jesus and the disciples was always accompanied by prayer. Spend time talking to God and allowing Him to reveal Himself to you in His Word.

Have you been on a fast before? Share your fasting tips or experiences in the comments!



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Michael February 27, 2015 at 2:09 am

I am 38 married to a wonderful woman with 3 kids but I fornicate, this has been part of me to the extent that I always wish to make love to any lady of my choice anywhere. Im addicted to sex and I have discovered that this is greatly affecting my life and that of my family. Pls I need your prayers and solution to this problem

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Jack Wellman February 27, 2015 at 8:47 am

Thank you Michael for your question. I will pray for you sir. I would speak with your pastor about this as well sir who can counsel you in person and face to face. You are having an adulterous affair right now? This is a very serious sin in God’s eyes my friend. You need to perhaps fast (if you have no medical conditions that would put you at risk) and ask for others in the church you’re at to pray for you as an unspoken need. We have an article on how to overcome this and also one about how to overcome sin. Please read these two articles at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-to-overcome-an-addiction-to-pornography-help-for-struggling-christians/ and http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/ Reading 1 John chapter 3 shows that no one who keeps on sinning has any guarantee that they are actually saved. Have you ever repented and put your trust in Christ? If not, you have no help from God’s Spirit to help you conquer sin.

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Richard Bach April 9, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Ill pray for you man. May God be with you! :)

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Xantana May 7, 2015 at 9:20 pm

I work for an insurance Company. Its been over six months no business. Today am fasting for my job. Help me pray out of this situation…am tired of people paying my bills and giving me lifts. Today am praying that God can see me through this Job he gave to me. In JESUS name. AMEN

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Jack Wellman February 27, 2015 at 10:13 am

Thank you Pam for help in this area. I had not responded to anonymous yet and I appreciate your help in this area, as I do in soooo many other areas. I truly thank God for you Pam.

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Anonymous February 28, 2015 at 10:35 am

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Give up February 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Fasted and prayed for God to show me my purpose on earth but nothing. Am almost convinced that God made a mistake creating me since my birth was even unplanned and unwanted.
I will be doing a three day fast after which I will commit suicide and end this misery I call LIFE. Please help me in prayers. God bless you.

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Jack Wellman February 28, 2015 at 7:24 pm

My friend, I am so sorry you are going to end your life. If you do this, it could be the worst mistake you’ll ever make for all time because if you are not saved and 100% certain about your being saved, you know where that will put you. I beg you not to do this. I will pray for you and so please don’t give up…please reply to this.

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Hope March 4, 2015 at 6:31 pm

I don’t know if this is to obvious but have u never thought of trying to start a charity or small talks aimed at people who are like you and feel worthless? This way u can show people the word of God all over the world. We are all gods prised possessions and he will always have a plan. Some take longer than others… That’s all.

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Nathalie March 7, 2015 at 1:37 pm

You WERE planned which is why your birth happened, a delight and a muracle exactly because you happened!

I completely understand that you would want to injure life but really if I understand correctly you don’t want to really end your life but you just want to end the pain that never seems to completely go away.

We all went freedom from pain. I went freedom from pain too. I know life can seem overwhelming and I know sometimes it might seem like you’re in alone and I know you don’t know me… but you’re out there somewhere and I’m thinking about you now. I am praying for you now to God’s mercy. I ask Christ for a miracle for you and clarity of thought and peace in your heart and joy.

It helps me sometimes to purposely say a positive version of any negative thoughts I’m thinking. For example instead of saying or thinking I am sick I say I am well and energetic. Literally say it out loud. The very fact that you ask for prayer means that God loves you and wanted someone else to remind you how much he loves you. I am reminding you now how very much God loves you otherwise he wouldn’t have stopped me from crying and told me how much you loves you. I know in the depths of my heart that He. Loves. You!

Pray for faith. Faith brings hope. Hope brings relief. Relief leads to joy. Counteract every negative thought with a positive statement out loud and repeated defiantly! You are a fighter are you wouldn’t have reached out! Fight! I’ll be praying for you.

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Nathalie March 7, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Please excuse my typo errors… I sent this on my phone. I hope it makes sense.

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Give up March 7, 2015 at 3:14 pm

Thank you soo much Natalie for your message and prayer. Please don’t apologise for your typos. Your message really touched my heart and am just soo grateful. God bless you.

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Michelle March 10, 2015 at 9:47 pm

I don’t know if your still here but I’m praying to God that you are.
You are my brother /sister in Christ an I love you and so does everyone who’s responded to your thread.
You don’t know your purpose in life but you’ve just shown countless amounts of people that they are not alone and that there are others who know what they are going through. You have no idea how brave you were in writing what you did and without even knowing it it’s very possible that you saved a life. Please be strong and stay with us and know that God does have a plan for your life regardless of whether you can see it yet or not, I will be praying for you tonight and for the rest of my life and I’m hoping that you are still here to receive your blessing when it’s time for it to come.
And please, please always remember that you do have a family in Christ and that you are loved

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Jack Wellman March 11, 2015 at 8:12 am

Michelle…you are such a blessing. Thank you for your tender heart in response to “Give up.” What a precious, loving thing to do. No wonder there are over 100 “one anothers” mentioned in the New Testament church.

Give up March 11, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Am still here Natalie, I couldn’t commit suicide. My circumstances haven’t changed but I wanna give God and myself another chance. I know He has a purpose for me so He keeps me alive. I just hope I find that purpose and start living it.
Thank you all for your comments and prayers. God richly bless you.

Diana April 9, 2015 at 10:16 pm

‘Give up,’ I am so thankful you are still here with us! What a blessing. Through all of this tribulation, you will grow strong and be able to share all that you have overcome through Christ with others. I look forward to what God has in store for you. I just pray thanks for Him choosing you to do His will. You are wonderfully made and He loves you for all that you are and will be. Please read 1 Peter 5:6-10, it is one that uplifts me when I feel that I am suffering TOO much. Esp where it says, ‘…after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.’ May God continue to bless and uplift you. May he bless you with peace and confidence all time, especially when satan torments your mind with negative thoughts.

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Richard Bach April 8, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Dont give up on God. I dont know if your already dead, but I’ll say this. I pointed a bb gun at my head after the guilt of watching porn and fapping. You know who saved me. God and I guess my family. I believe in you man. I do. And its the kind of belief that stems from the trust in God. I think it is. Dont give up. I almost gave up. Dont lose your trust in God, please.Stay strong; May God be with you. With love from God and from others, amen.

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Give Up April 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Am still alive Richard. And thank you for your encouragement. I realised my life is not mine. Am here not for me but for others. I’ve decided to serve the less privileged in my community. That has brought some purpose to my life.
Thank you again.

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Jack Wellman April 9, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Thanks my friend…and thanks to Richard too. Wow…you are such a blessing to us to hear your powerful testimony and then turn your life around and selflessly serve someone else. God be praised, you are a glory to the God you serve my friend. You give us all hope and know that we all have a purpose. You made my day my friend in Christ.

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Richard Bach April 8, 2015 at 10:22 pm

God has a purpose for those who believe in him in this life. Wether it would be spreading the gospel or helping others, God has a way. Please do not kill yourself and trust in God. Amen.

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Richard Bach April 9, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Thats Good. :) May God be with you. Amen.

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Give up February 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm

Thank you Jack. But I am saved. I have been saved for over seven years, and yet my life is no better. There’s nothing to live for in this life. My family is messed up, no job no money, the church is the worst, they do nothing to help the individual, am soo tired of living like this that death seems to be my only way out I pray God forgives me and accept me into His arms, but am done here. In the next four days, only a miracle can save me from doing this.

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Anon March 1, 2015 at 10:04 am

Friend, I am truly sorry that life’s circumstances are weighing so heavily on you. One destructive false doctrine that some American churches propagate is that God will make your life better when you add Him to you life. Study the men of the Bible (Joseph, Nehemiah, Job, etc) during your fast and take note of what circumstances of life they experienced because they followed God.

God purpose for your life is to conform you to Christ — to make you look like Jesus. It is our choice whether we trust the One who sees all things and knows all things to accomplish His will however He sees fit, or if we will believe Satan’s lie that we know better how our life should be than God does.

Trust Him to accomplish His will in His time. I will be praying for you, brother. I can’t tell you things will get better, but I can tell you that God has not brought you to a trial that He cannot lead you through (I Corinthians 10:13)

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Vera March 19, 2015 at 10:26 pm

I am completing a 4 day fast in a day and a half. Clear liquids during the day and milk twice a day with my arthritis medicine. I just started a new job Monday that I was all excited about, really need the money, and found out that it is way above my skill level. Come to find out they had slots to fill by a deadline, and I think that’s why they hired me. Only my husband and son know I am not eating, and I take my “lunch” breaks alone so no one at work knows. My supervisor is understanding and willing to work with me, but wants a decision by the end of tomorrow as to wether I quit or stay. I feel so stupid, even with 2 college degrees. I am fasting for clarity of mind to be in better tune to what the Holy Spirit wants me to do. I am a Christian. My family really needs the money. Please pray. I would rather quit than be fired for incompetence.

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Lyndah March 23, 2015 at 5:57 am

He is a faithful God, He will show you what to do.

During the time the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, they did not have the adequate tools, but their work was still above par because they had God on their side even though they didn’t know it.

You will succeed at whatever it is you have been set out to do as long as you keep God with you.

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Jayashree March 30, 2015 at 3:09 am

Dear brother and sisters, I wanna tell each and every one of you how blessed and lovable you all are. I love each of you, like Michelle says, in the Lord very much though we don’t know each other. I am so encouraged and strengthened to know I belong to this amazing Family of God. You Sister in Christ, From India.

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Ezi April 2, 2015 at 6:05 am

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am on my second day of a 3 days fast (break at 6pm daily) and I have to say that God is alive and faithful. I have been praying for a career breakthrough… been experiencing challenges in my work environment. However, on my first day of fasting, a negative work evaluation by my boss was quickly transformed. God intervened and my boss quickly changed his initial negative comments to positive comments. This was a battle that I could not fight. I gave it to God….and God came through for me. From a sister in Mali

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NN April 7, 2015 at 3:36 am

I am starting on a 3 day fast today, just water, break at 6pm. The reason for my fast is to cry out to God, for Him to hear our cry as we live in a foreign land and need permits that are taking long to come. My husband and I are drained, financially and emotionally because of the process. We remain hopeful that God will intervene somehow.

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valeriee April 10, 2015 at 12:47 pm

hi guys i just stumbled across this website today and saw the great support that is given to people in their time of need and i think that is really great i am 15 and in boarding school and just last month i decided to start fasting on behalf of my set due to our upcoming IGCSE and sometimes i feel like with the great amount of temptation i am faced with i am not truly doing the right thing because most of the time when i’m supposed to be in a prayerful mood i find myself checking the time to see how long it is going to be till lunchtime and i feel like i need the prayers and support from others who may have been through this and ‘give up’ i am truly glad you did not go ahead with your plan and i will pray for you whenever you come across my mind and i truly hope you will be able to make a difference in someone’s life someday

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FEEL THE LOVE April 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm

The love and support on the website truly reflects the Christian attitude of loving your neighbors as yourself. As a young person, it’s good to see people showing such care and I hope that your times of needs that there will be someone as loving and caring out there to help you all through it.

By the way I am a 16 year old and extremely inspired to help others but I dont know how… Any ideas? (I live in Nigeria)

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Jack Wellman April 10, 2015 at 2:04 pm

Thank you “Feel the Love” for your comment and wonderful desire to help Christ. I would also ask your pastor about what you can do. Have you talked with your pastor yet about what you wrote here? I would. In the meantime, here are some ideas:

It Only Takes Two

Even if your church is small like ours is, you can make a big impact for the kingdom of God by going out to share the gospel with your community. Jesus sent out the 72 to preach the gospel and they returned filled with joy (Luke 10:1-24)! “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name” (Luke 10:17) and what was Jesus’ reaction? “At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do” (Luke 10:21). If you want to be filled with joy and please the Father…a win-win for sure, then take the gospel out into the world. It can impact your town in a big way.

Buy Some Bible Tracts

This is somewhat related to the previous paragraph but what I love to do is to buy biblically sound Bible tracts, like from Living Waters, and pass them out everywhere. You can put them in the rest stop restrooms, you can leave them with your tip at restaurants, you can hand them to people on the street, you can mail them back with your bills, you can leave them on car windshields, and just about any other place you can creatively think of leaving them. We have God’s guarantee that His Word will not return to Him void or without impact and that His Word will accomplish what He sends it out do to (Isaiah 55:11) so why not unleash the lion of God’s Word and let it do its most powerful work. All you have to do is walk up to someone and say “Did you get one of these” or “Have you seen these” and then walk away. It’s just that easy!

Partner With Other Churches

Our little church sent out letters to the other area churches in the hopes that we could bring prayer groups to each church on a Sunday night and pray for our community, pray for the lost, pray for one other, and to seek to find new ways to glorify God and preach the gospel. We did this once and only two churches responded by coming to our church and praying for the things I just mentioned. Prayer is never wasted. It is so important to pray that nothing much can happen until we first pray. There are other things the churches can join in to do that any single group may not be able to do individually. We are all in the universal Body of Christ so why not start joining different members of the body and working together as the eyes, ears, hands, feet, and mind of Christ?

Visit the Nursing Home

We started a ministry in the local nursing home because we wanted to bring the church to them since they could not go to their own church, if they had one in the first place. We found that they embraced us and welcomed us, from the administration all the way to the residents and staff. We try to go and visit with those who usually don’t have any visitors at all. We seek out those who often sit alone or are new to the home. We want them to know that someone cares about them. We are not interested in filling our church parking lot or the pews of the church but being an extension of the Body of Christ to reach out to those who are separated from their homes, their family, and their friends. We want to be a friend to the friendless. We want to be an ear for their voice to speak to. Sometimes they simply want someone to talk to and that is a need we believe we can fill, and I believe we do.

Write Letters to Prisoners

I started writing letters to prisoners some time ago and one of the ones I wrote to finally got released, and guess what, he joined our church. He joined simply because no one in his family wanted anything to do with him anymore. Not even his friends or his former church home kept in contact with him. I didn’t write him so that he would join our church once he got out, that was just a result of my writing him. Today, he is our associate pastor and was ordained not long ago. He is now working with other prisoners and former prisoners, trying to piece their life back together again and start over.

Visit a Hospital Waiting Room

How many people who are waiting in hospital waiting rooms are hurting? I venture to say, most of them are. They might just need someone to talk to and unload their burdens on and you might be that person. It is as simple as walking in and sitting down and introducing yourself and getting to know them. Bring a Bible tract with you that might give them some comfort during this difficult time in their lives. When one of their loved ones is in serious trouble in the hospital, you might be able to give them the message of hope that is found only in Christ.

Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen

When people get into deep depression or have overwhelming problems, there is nothing that takes their eyes off of themselves like helping and serving others. I have volunteered at a local homeless shelter and they offer clothing and food for those who have lost about everything in their lives. These broken, hurting people are open to the gospel of Christ because people are sometimes more open to hear about the Savior when all hope has been lost in their life. When people are broken and crushed in spirit, they are usually more receptive to the things of God. This is a great window of opportunity for you and your church to make a big impact by serving and helping the hurting. I believe you and your church members will actually get more out of this than those who you help.

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Richard Bach April 10, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Maybe you can try to free those in bondage, help the poor, be loving and kind and friendly to those around you, Spread the Gospel, feed the poor, and more. May God be with you. Amen.
Proverbs 14:31 KJV,”He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.”
Proverbs 22:9 KJV,”He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.”
Proverbs 14:31 NIV,”Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
Proverbs 22:9 NIV,”The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”
Biblegateway.com
I pray that God will help you and show you the way on your mission. Amen, brother.

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Jack Wellman April 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Excellent recommendations Mr. Bach. Thank you sir.

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FEEL THE LOVE April 11, 2015 at 5:53 am

Thank you so much Mr. Wellman and Mr Bach. Surprisingly I’ve never actually thought of doing these things! In Nigeria, I feel like so many people just need a reminder that God loves them. I thought that at my age there are limited things I could do but you’ve just opened my eyes.
Thank you and God bless you.

Finally, I’ve been reading a lot in Proverbs and a recurring theme is Wisdom but I don’t exactly know how to “get” it.

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Jack Wellman April 11, 2015 at 8:47 am

My friend, the fear (or deep respect and obedience) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and you will find it in the Proverbs and in Jesus’ teachings like in the gospel of John. Stay in the Word and the Word will stay in you my friend. May God richly bless you.

LK April 12, 2015 at 12:29 pm

I have enjoyed reading these posts. I am in a very hard place right now and am going through a lot and can related to “give up” but am not suicidal. I am overwhelmed and I will never understand. Yet I am told we are not to understand just keep having faith…..I am wondering where God is in my life right now…with so much going on…I have been crying for over a week. Mid life crises perhaps (female). All areas of my life I question. Though God has made me I wonder why….I feel as though I was put it her to constantly struggle and never get a head whether it be work, friends, church, my child….I have been a very broken girl…and though I am not where I was ….I wonder how at my age….I feel like a 25 year old. Emotionally…I try to stand on all of God’s words but I question how he loves me not that he loves me. I don’t get it at all. I hate the job I have but remain thankful for provision. My child can’t stand anything I do. My friends find me difficult. I can’t find my place at church so I am possibly going through transition to another. Church is difficult. It is smaller so I feel as though I am in one dysfunctional family. I don’t know where I am to serve and that is my favorite thing to do in the whole world. I wish I could have a full time job giving….wouldn’t that be amazing….however….god wants me stuck I guess….at least that what my brain thinks….I am thinking if I had a child of god that wanted to give all day I would open doors to make that happens…instead I can’t even find another job while others all around me are doing it…..I scratch my head as this taps into my long life problem of rejection and not mattering….I tell ya…God help us all!!

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adunlike May 16, 2015 at 10:23 am

I’m exactly where you are LK. I question everything about my life. I cry aimlessly over pass misfortunes. I wonder what am I suppose to be doing with my life. I own my own business but I struggle to keep it. I struggle with choices I make to keep it then I questions is this my sign that I should be doing something else. I didn’t choose this career, God put me there and kept me there for 20 years and I have struggled from day one for 20 years to do this. I tried doing something else and I loved the break but it was a temporary assignment and when it ended I went right back to what I thought I was suppose to be doing and right back into the life of day to day week to week struggle. I smile on the outside so people won’t know I am crying all the time. I actually move out of the house from my kids because the crying got so bad they could feel it. They are 5 minutes away from me so and my older kids work with me but I don’t even go to work anymore because I feel it’s pointless, I feel this is never going to change. I feel I am at the end of my rope. Now I question that decision because now I have extra expenses that I now have to figure out how to cover from the same job that was paying the bills in the first place. My bad decision are putting me more and more in a stressful place even that the purpose was to be able to be in silent and have a place to fast and pray and be one with God, but my focus is still the same just in a different place. Still don’t understand why, still cry all the time not understanding what is the purpose for my life. but yet I smile on the outside. Now I am tired to faking it I want out, I don’t want this struggle any more, I want clarity, I want to know how strong is he trying to make me, am I not strong enough after 20 yrs of struggle? am I not wise enough to be able to see what God has for my life? What more do I have to do What more do I have to say, What more do I have to endure to feel accomplished in my life. Is it for me to alway just hang on and barely make it? I know I am blessed tremendously but I still feel the struggle the stress the depression, the anger, the loneliness, the pain. The first thing people say is YOU NEED TO PRAY! OK! I PRAY! Then they say you don’t have God in your life, I say I go to church, I pray, I believe. Then they say you have everything, I say yea and can’t afford any of it. Why do I have to continue to struggle, I just want to let go, and let god but I mean quit my job, move away, go back to school —for what don’t know—-, give everything up and start over, but guess what I did that 10 years ago and find myself saying the same things I said then. I know he hears me because he provide all of my needs, but I think I can’t hear him, is he telling me that’s not me allowing you to struggle and suffer in your pain, I have told you over and over to do something else and you still hold on to what is comfortable and what is easy. I didn’t make you struggle for years you did. So how do I know? I decided 2 days ago that I would fast and pray to see if I get to the point where I can hear what he is telling me and hear what he has for my life. I am doing and i am making it but I am stressed doing it and i am depressed and I am a basket case when I am alone. Crying never stops can’t’ get out of my bed unless it’s work related, I make myself take a call or go in for an hour. My business is not failing tremendously because I have not been to work since November, outside my cameo appearances. As of today I feel I am about to loose my business because of the state of mind I am in. So I was her today to see what fast to be on and see how to pray the right prayer and to see words of wisdom that would jolt me back to reality. So here I go. My first real FAST attempt for the right reasons and Pray that I can get the clarity that I need to move on in my life. I’m not 25 but I feel younger that my age and I know he keeps me and cares for me because I don’t. I believe I just feel I am missing something. God Bless

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Stephanie April 27, 2015 at 11:16 am

Came across this page while searching for more information on fasting. I will begin with a seven day fast. I have been a Christian most of my life but I do not believe I am living and operating in Gods purpose for my life. I am married to a wonderful husband and I have two awesome kids. I should be fulfilled but I always feel as if Im wandering in this life aimlessly. I am fasting for clarity, to forge a deeper meaningful relationship with the Lord and to finally find the purpose of my life.

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Andrea May 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm

I am doing a one day fasting (to start off) for a miracle. I had another relationship outside of my family for 8 years. It has torn my family apart. I am devastated by the loss of my family. I want my family back together more then anything. We have a daughter together and we loss a son 11 years ago. My daughter is special needs and taking this extremely hard. I feel guilty for doing this to her and want her dad to give me another chance. Please pray for me. And if you have any information on fasting please pass it on. Do I eat when darkness comes? Or nothing at all. Thank you.

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Jack Wellman May 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Hello Andrea. I don’t think the time a fast starts or how long it is will be the difference in God’s hearing you. I will pray for you and ask others to join with me for Andrea. You can fast at any time of day or night or choose a 24 fast or a 12 hour fast…but I would make sure and talk to your doctor to make sure you don’t have any medical conditions first….praying for you now though.

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AnonymousToo May 20, 2015 at 6:51 am

Hello. I have been struggling in my persobal relationship with God. Ladt year i fwlt like i was being told to fast fir 30 days abd so i did. After this month I felt another push to fast for 30 more days I did. My relationship jobs if spiralled down afterwards and then I felt the push to fast fir 30 days again. This time I resisted and later on started. A few days into my fast I realised that I was behind on my thesis and to complete woukd require a lot of late night’s, it is exam period and I have 3 more projects to finish. I feel overwhelmed already. I thought God I’ll abstain from my watching Facebook, whatsapp and other things till 6 o’clock but I kept feeling the pysh yo abstain from food. I’m really confused

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Jack Wellman May 20, 2015 at 7:54 am

Thank you for your comment Anonymous Two. If you are still in school and we know that the brain uses a lot of energy, you shouldn’t be fasting for 30 days. Have you ever spoken with your doctor about this? Fasting doesn’t make you holier or more spiritual…it may help to draw you closer to God but 30 days…that sounds really dangerous to me friend.

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