Here are both practical and spiritual rules for fasting.
Fast in Secret
We can see in Matthew 6 that Jesus expects our fasting to be solely between us and the Lord. It says:
“Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”
When we fast to be seen or approved of by others, our reward will be just that–approval of man. There will be no reward for us stored in heaven. Don’t let your fast be wasted because you would’ve rather had man’s approval than God’s approval.
If you’re the type of person who needs accountability during your fast, ask a close friend, mentor, or family member to help keep you accountable, but it is unBiblical to go around telling others of your fast for the sole purpose of wanting others to know that you’re fasting.
Have the Right Motives
Fasting as a Christian means to humble ourselves before the Lord. It’s a way to glorify Him, so our focus should be centered around Him rather than ourselves.
When you fast, you shouldn’t:
-Fast to be seen by others
-Fast for a reward
-Fast to be more holy or righteous
But when you fast, you should:
-Fast to deny oneself
-Fast to deepen spiritual hunger for God
-Fast for God’s intervention
Remember that God sees every intention of the heart. Make sure that before you begin your fast, your heart is in the right place which is to desire to be in alignment with God and the things of Him.
Physically Prepare for a Fast Lasting Longer Than a Couple Days
When fasting food, it’s crucial to prepare your body and eat smaller meals a few days prior to your fast and to avoid high-fat and sugary foods before the fast. Make sure you’re also drinking plenty of water and staying away from strong stimulants such as caffeinated and sugary drinks immediately before and during the fast.
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