Fast from all food and caloric drinks until 5 PM. Remember that a fast is not something that is meant to weaken us but is rather intended to bring us strength. Just as lifting weights tears down muscle and makes them temporarily weaker, when we recover from the stress of the lift we are stronger. It is the same with fasting. Writer Dallas Willard has pointed out that when Jesus faced Satan in the desert after a forty day fast it wasn’t because Jesus was weak–God had been strengthening him to face his adversary.
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.