I have a disclaimer. Fasting is not a discipline that I have practiced much at all. One reason is that I have mild blood sugar issues that leave me very weak when I do not eat. But after reading Celebration of Disciplines I have discovered that I can partially practice this and I would like to try again. But the author is clear about people, who cannot observe this discipline because of health reasons, not to do it. But for those who can, it is a great discipline that is mentioned often in scripture.
Fasting isn’t about losing weight or some fad. It is a spiritual discipline that helps us better appreciate our connectedness and need for God. It is a discipline mentioned my many people in the Old and New Testament, including Jesus. For centuries, fasting was part of the life of the church. But in these modern times, not so much.
Fasting is centered on God. No matter what other benefits come from it, spiritual fasting helps us realize that we do not live by bread alone. We live by the God’s word alone. In fact, fasting can be seen as feasting on the word. For as we fast, we meet Jesus in the word. We discover our hunger for him when need for food is out of mind.
There are many ways that people have fasted. Since I have not practiced this discipline to any real depth, I am limited by what I read. What I have learned is some fast from lunch to lunch. This is best for beginners. Others have stretched it out to three days, while others have gone a week. But always be sure to drink plenty of water. In fact I would strongly recommend to speak to someone who has done it before. My best efforts may include cutting out a meal each day for a period of time.
My desire as I try again is that I am made mindful of God grace through providing me with my needs which I may not otherwise be aware as I feed my stomach.