Here are some other ideas to help you with your fasting experience:
Make it a priority to attend church during your fast. Being around other believers will encourage you to keep on going when fasting gets difficult. If you are fasting with others, you may want to set aside time for a weekly biblical community group. Use the Life Group curriculum or another Bible study that focuses on growing spiritually.
As you select your type of fast, make a fasting calendar that fits your plan. Determine what each day and week will look like.
Keep your fridge and pantry stocked with the items you need. Being unprepared sets you up to give into temptation. Choose well when selecting products, stick to raw food as much as you can, and limit artificial ingredients.
Remember to not let food become the focus of your fast, but make wise eating choices.
Drink lots of water while fasting to support critical liver function. The liver is the filter for the body, so when you don’t drink enough water, the liver doesn’t function at its highest capacity.
To keep your energy up throughout the day, it’s important to eat or drink every two and a half to three hours. Be careful not to overstuff, even if you are only eating fruits and vegetables.
If you mess up, don’t get discouraged. Just get right back on track and keep going. God’s mercies “are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22–23). He wants you to finish, and He will give you the grace and strength to do it.
Just like reading your Bible, praying and attending church, fasting is also a lifestyle. We encourage you to establish a frequency and consistency of fasting in your life.
Remember, this is not a legalistic thing. This is an “I get to experience God” thing. It is like going into Heaven for a tune up, so we can keep our passion for God and enjoyment of Him at a high level. We encourage you to do the same. Figure out what works for you, commit to it and make it a part of your life.
If you have a personal story you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you and celebrate what God has done in your life. Share your story at cfstories.com. Don’t ever settle for anything less than a life full of passion and spiritual zeal for God. He has called you to be the church – everyone of us, everyday of the week, everywhere we go.
Keep the fire for God burning in your heart and do whatever it takes to feed your spiritual hunger for God. We are praying for you as you do!
This guide has been inspired by the content offered by the Awakening Movement. For details, awake21.org.