Friday Fast (With a Few Notes on Why)

Fast from all food or caloric drinks until 5 PM.Why fast?  There are a host of reasons (Jesus did it to name one), but one of the key benefits of fasting is that it give us a spiritual hardiness.  Fasting provides a conscious and regular way to say no to our desires, in this case for food.  By learning to say no in order to open ourselves to something better (the Bread of Life), we prepare ourselves for the million nos that must come in our life in order to say yes to all of the good things G … [Read more...]

Friday Fast

Eat no food until 5PM.Fasting is critical for two primary reasons--to tame our desires and to reorient our hungers.  Spend the time you would spend at mealtimes focused on reorienting your hunger toward God.  Ask God to tame the addictions of your heart and to focus instead on finding fulfillment within the good things of God. … [Read more...]

Friday Fast: Ramadan Edition

Fast from all food, and to the extent safe, fluids during daylight hours.Today marks the first full day of Ramadan.  One way that Christians can journey with Muslims in this period of seeking submission to God is to follow the daily fast which extends from sunrise to sunset each day.Other key practices of Ramadan that would be helpful for Christians are the offering of charity and reading through the Koran, a particularly helpful practice for Christians unfamiliar with Islam.Since … [Read more...]

Sabbath

Don't do anything that might be work.  Don't wash a dish, don't clean a thing, don't read for any purpose other than pleasure.  Don't even exercise.  Take today to luxuriate in the goodness God has provided. … [Read more...]

Fast from All Media

Friday is a traditional fast day for Christians, but fasting from food isn't always the hardest thing to do.  Sometimes we must fast from looking at our smart phones or checking Facebook.  Today, fast from all media, social or otherwise.  Open up space to listen to quieter voices. … [Read more...]

A Prayer for Mealtimes

Fast from all food or caloric drinks until 5 PMDuring your fast, perhaps at the time you would normally eat a meal, write a prayer for your mealtimes.  Try to incorporate thanksgiving for all of the aspects of the meal--the creation, the laborers who brought the meal from the land, those who prepared the food.  Also, think about the aspects of the meal that may not be pleasing to God--the animals that may have been abused, the land that might have been destroyed, the farm workers who may h … [Read more...]

Friday Fast

No food or caloric drinks until 5 PM.  For your sustenance, meditate on 1 Corinthians 12. … [Read more...]

Friday Fast

Fast from all food and caloric drinks until 5 PM … [Read more...]


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