(This was written out in Feb 22nd, 2012 for online posting, which I haven't gotten around to as of yet, it's a complete cut & paste from my word
document so please go easy on the wordage & structure; it's here for your enjoyment and is written with a Christian perspective~use at your own
All credit goes to God the Father by guiding me by his Holy Spirit for inspiring me to write this, I truly believe it will help you get closer to Him
in your walk
~this is My personal ‘guide’ to how I fast and things I’ve learned over 30 years of fasting, on and off, this should be used
ONLY as a ‘guide’ not a staunch book of ‘rules’.
I’m not a medical professional. I do understand enough in taking care of my body and have a good understanding of general health. Should you have
ANY questions to my ‘guide’ please ask me or better yet consult a licensed physician; it is my intention to assist anyone that wants to fast to
understand some dangers before launching out into the ‘deep blue sea’ of fasting and to understand some of the ‘how to’ of gradual fasting.
I’ve never had a problem with any of the points in my guide that I’ve use over the last 30 years of fasting for the Lord. I’ve only been on 1
or 2 Absolute Fasts in 30 years and at most, from my memory, was no more than full 21 days; however. it took 1 month or preparation to get me to
that place where I physical could do it
, it is NOT something you ‘just decided to do’, and it takes God to get you through it because
HE’s the one that led you to do so, not you.
Remember, Please take this has a ‘guide’ to fasting and nothing more)
: PLEASE understand what your body can handle BEFORE you go on a fast of any type; if you have Diabetes, I will NOT suggest
AT ALL ANY absolute fast (which is, water only & no food), we need you (brother of sister in the lord) to keep you mind stayed upon the Lord, however,
a partial fast (Fruits, vegetables & nuts for protein), might be acceptable.
I will state this again, if you have Diabetes and/or are taking prescriptions~plz consult your personal physician and ask what he would prescribe for
you personally and for how long. The below fast is my personal fast to be used ONLY as a guide to those who's heath is stable, and would be
considered at or 'near' 100%. I’m not a medical professional but, I know what can work and does work for me.
So, here goes my fast... in a nutshell…which is going on my 2nd week, (this will be the longest fast I've been on yet in 30+ years), I'm actually
fasting more than just food, I'm fasting from my online activity, i.e. checking email once per day, 1 hour of 'surfing' instead of 8, which includes
looking for a job, TV isn't a issue since I don't watch much of that any how, but, 'entertainment' isn't high on the list. *grin*
One might say “God has me in a box" which is the WHOLE purpose of being on a fast, isn't?
Fasting and Prayer go hand in hand, if your fasting you should be praying as well, otherwise it's defeating the purpose; which is getting closer to
God to hear his voice when HE wants to speak to us, when HE needs OUR attention. Fasting helps us STAY in an attitude of 'listening' to HIM.
It is NOT, US trying to get God's attention; it's HIM trying to get ours and US to listen to HIS voice. We get that so twisted up sometimes, fasting
helps us set us back to ‘default’ when all else fails, Fasting coupled with Prayer NEVER fails.
The reason Jesus was 'LED' into the wilderness was because his Father had something awesome for him to accomplish and Jesus needed to be sure and have
a hearing ear for ALL God wanted him to have & say, in-spite of what he had to face; because he could hear God regardless what came to him and being
able to respond accordingly.
The ONLY way Jesus knew how to effectively accomplish his calling or his 'task at hand' was to, 'park' his body, heart (the mind, will & emotions), in
a 'back seat' and just listen. I think THAT example is the best one, so did our Savior.
The 4 words that's the hardest for a human being to say in earnest of heart is...." Here I am LORD." but, God will answer, just as He did with Samuel.
It will be this attitude we should have when we are fasting and along with Jesus's teaching on Fasting in the Gospel of Matthew.
Onward~! To the Fast~!
Let me say this right up front, Fasting is not a ‘Fun’ thing to do! Period~!
Fasting is right up there with watching paint dry on a wall, in terms of ‘fun’ but not in terms of being boring. Fast is exciting for me, I know
I’m sacrificing what I LOVE to eat or drink every day … mocha’s from Dutch Bros/Starbucks to help me hear God clearer than I have before or
allow him to change me or use me for a specific purpose or to help me get though a difficult decision.
Most fasts are considered inspired by God, that being said, you should have a comfortable/peaceful feeling of how long you think you can sustain; for
me, it was a definite feeling of 'knowing' it was 3 weeks.
IF you are fasting so that God can hear you, STOP NOW! You are not fasting correctly and should understand that God does hear you but even more
important, your preparing yourself to HEAR HIM; yes, if you hid sin in your heart God will not hear your BUT: a humble and compassionate heart God
will not despise~!!!!
A fast and ALL fasts are considered ‘official’ fasts should consist of:
• Having ZERO Sugar in your diet, period. No candy/cookies, no ‘sweetener’, and no pastries (ugh); (Please NOTE: this is NOT for a person with
Diabetes. Please read my note at the top of this page)
• No caffeine either, no coffee, Tea, pop, energy drinks of any kind, (more on this later); V8 juice & water are acceptable and some times milk (if
you ‘feel’ that’s OK)
• Fasting is NOT dieting, Dieting is, eating things you would normally eat but in smaller quantities or reduced calories per day; Fasting is cutting
out foods & liquids of your ‘normal’ every day diet entirely for a length of time.
My classifications of fasts are by length & type.
Lengths (sustainability) are: Short, Medium, Long & Extreme.
• Short: half a day-3 days (max)
• Medium: minimum~ 5 days-1-1 ½ Weeks (max)
• Long: minimum~ 1 ½ weeks-2 ½ weeks (max)
• Extreme: minimum~ 2 weeks-30 days (MAX)
: You should NEVER go OVER 30 days PERIOD on an Absolute Fast~! Your body will be in starvation mode and more than what God
wants you to fast; your body will start to consume muscle tissue to compensate for nutrients. Please consult a medical profession or documentation
before you do, unless you are experienced in absolute fasts (More on extreme/Absolute fast below)
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