So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
How is Day Three going? I bet I can guess. No matter what you are doing, I would almost guarantee it’s not fun anymore. It’s probably been an inconvenience, a hassle, and maybe even a little uncomfortable. You may have even considered ending things. Stay strong. It’s from this point on where your journey really begins to become noticeably sweeter. (Notice I didn’t say better) In my personal fasting journey’s I’ve noticed the more of a sacrifice it is, the more I seem to get out of it. That doesn’t mean you need to try and intentionally hurt yourself. You’re simply realizing how dependent you may be on certain things. Breaking those addictions and spending the extra time with God really will make a difference.
There are THREE Secret Sauces which can help you get the most out of this time.
#1. SECRET SAUCE- You need a plan.
If you go into a time of fasting saying, “I’m going to see how it goes” you will probably sale yourself short. I hope at this point you have a plan which you’ve thought out, discussed with those closest to you, and prayerfully considered.
You’re the most confident about fasting right after eating a really big meal. That’s why you need to think on it for a couple of days at least so you’re decision isn’t based on how you feel at the moment. Have a plan.
#2. SECRET SAUCE- Have an accountability partner(s).
We’ll talk about this more later but you REALLY NEED to have an accountability partner to help you see this through. Someone to check in and make sure you are keeping your commitment or to tell you if it needs modification.
Last year, during the launch of Real Life Church, I made a commitment to fast without food for 21 days. My wonderful wife was my accountability partner. After about 7 days she felt I needed to modify my fast because the stress and pressure of that season was too much for someone not eating. She really helped me. I didn’t see how listless and lethargic I’d become. I modified my fast and was still able to complete the 21 days. You need someone to take the journey with.
Also, don’t feel obligated to do too much if you’ve never fasted before. This isn’t a competition. No one wins an award for piety if you fast more than anyone else. This is about moving your life closer to God and interceding for your church and community. It might even be better to set the bar extra low so you’re sure to make it. Once you’re accustomed to fasting you can try something a little more lengthy.
#3. SECRET SAUCE- Don’t forget to pray and read God’s Word.
We’re also going to talk about these at length later on.
If you fast certain foods for 21 days but do not add prayer and God’s Word— you’re just on a diet.
If you fast media for 21 days but do not add prayer and God’s Word— you just bored.
Prayer in its most simple form is talking to God.
Reading God’s Word is Him speaking back to us.
Don’t skip it. Trust me.
- Make a plan
- If you have a plan micromanage it as much as possible. Plan meals, snacks, etc. Even plan an escape route if you have a weak moment
- Commit to reading God’s Word at least three times a day
- Commit to mixing in a small time of prayer
- Don’t give up.