Have you ever tried fasting? Study what the Bible says about this ancient practice and learn how to implement it into your life.
THE ANCIENT TRADITION OF FASTING
When I picture fasting, I usually conjure up an image of Gandhi, or some other man I can’t relate to long ago in history. But the more I study my Bible, I realize that God still calls us to fast—and I can’t help but wonder what it is and how I’m supposed to do it—even as a woman in the 21st century. (Side note, if you don’t know anything about Gandhi, watch this movie!)
The Bible reveals that fasting is a deeply personal practice and the main focus isn’t on what you’re depriving yourself of, but what you’re replacing it with. The point isn’t to skip out on chocolate for a month only to think about chocolate every waking second. The idea is to cut out something in your life that takes up space in your mind where that space needs to be refocused on what’s most important–devotion to God.
In the Bible, people used fasting as a way to pray for loved ones, repent of sin, and focus on God’s direction and calling in their lives. It’s used for worship, humility, wisdom, preparation, mourning, deliverance, and protection. Anything that shifts your focus from self to God can be used as a form of fasting.
CAN I ONLY FAST FROM FOOD?
Depriving yourself from food isn’t the only way you can fast, and the time limit you put on yourself is up to you. Think of some things in your life that may have become “idols” or the main things you think about over God. For instance, do you wake up first thing and check your phone? Do you find yourself only talking about your job in your free time? Do you obsess about sports? What is it that you could take a break from and replace with time focused on God?
I don’t want to tell you what to fast from, because I want you to discover these things on your own. For the first few days of the study, maybe don’t fast from anything, just brainstorm ideas, or listen for God’s direction. As it becomes clear to you what you need to let go of, or take a break from, write it down and try it out.
Remember the most important part of this is about transformation, not deprivation. Replace your time spent in that area with meaningful prayer, study and meditation. Challenge yourself—it’s not supposed to be easy!
Not sure what the Bible says about fasting? Perfect! Use this study to learn! The directions are simple:
- Print the scripture page and make copies of the journaling pages.
- Write a scripture each day in the space on the left and reflect on it in the space on the right.
FEBRUARY SCRIPTURE STUDY ON FASTING
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- What the Bible Says About the Power of Mindset
- 5 Styles of Note-Taking You Can Apply to Your Bible Study
- Understanding the Old Testament Timeline
- Choosing a Bible That’s Right For You
You’ve got this!
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