Holy week will start tomorrow and will end on Easter Sunday. I have never tried fasting in my entire life, this year I want to do it and reflect on things that will make me a better person.
According to Bo Sanchez on his book 7 days of Prayer and Fasting (you can download it for FREE here www.bosanchez.ph/7DaysOfPrayer/)
For some reason, fasting makes us more expectant, more open, more trusting, more focused, more determined, and more sensitive to the Spirit—that more miracles happen when we fast. I’ve seen how people have received healing, guidance, financial blessing, family blessing in their lives when they fast. And entire communities get revived when they fast.
There are 3 kinds of fasting according to the book:
Option #1: Liquid Fast
Jesus fasted for 40 days with a “water only” fast. Once, I tried a “water only” fast for 5 days—and it’s great— but can be too exhausting for some people. In a “water only” fast, toxins are released too abruptly and maybe too hard on the body. Saying all that, I know lots of people who do a “water only” fast and did so successfully. The key is to drink lots of water. But I prefer a Juice Fast. This, I believe, is the best kind of fast—from a physical health perspective. You only drink vegetable and fruit juices—to aid in flushing out all toxins and regenerate your body. DON’T GET JUICE FROM CARTONS OR CANS. Get real vegetables and fruits that you put in your “juicers” and “blenders”. What kind of vegetable and fruits should you juice? The best are fresh carrots, celery, lettuce, beet, grape, etc. (At the back of this booklet are Juice Recipes by Chichi Barba.)
Option # 2: Other Kinds of Fasts
I know many people who fast by taking bread and water only for 7 days. (Uh, not raisin bread and donuts, I’m sure.) In the Bible, Daniel fasted this way. I’ve met people who miss breakfast, lunch, and just eat at 5pm for dinner—and they do that for the 40 days of Lent. (Each year, hundreds of millions of Muslims do this during their Ramadan.) You can do this kind of fast for our 7 Days of Prayer and Fasting.
Option #3: Fasting for Your Freedom
If you can’t do Option 1 or 2, that’s okay. Fast from all that’s harmful to your life. Fast from unhealthy food. Fast from your addictions such as smoking and alcoholism. Fast from your arrogance and gossip. Fast from a critical spirit and negativity. Fast from too much TV. Let this Lenten season be your season of freedom! Friend, the choice is yours. Pray to God what kind of fast He wants you to take. Remember: From a spiritual perspective, your inner attitude is more important than what kind of fast you choose.
I am excited to join the family of Light of Jesus to this 7 days of fasting. And I hope I can make it!
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