Day #3 Fasting Will Change Your Life | by Annaliese Higgins
I believe fasting is very complex and is a discipline not to be taking lightly (always consult your doctor especially if you are doing a “no food fast” or even a “Daniel Fast”, etc.), but also where there is much Grace. There have been times where I have failed miserably, but those have been times where His Grace spoke to me the loudest and there have been times where I stayed faithful and true and nothing seemed any different expect having a fuller prayer journal and a smaller food bill for that month. But I know my time spent fasting was not wasted.
My personal experiences with fasting have varied. My first experience was at a Junior High retreat where there was no way to cheat nor in our normal routine to incur distractions (I wish I could take a retreat like that more often). It was an amazing weekend that gave me a taste for this discipline. It first proved to me that it is a hard discipline, but also one so worthwhile because it has such an ability of deepening of one’s heart and mind different from all the other disciplines. From then on my fasts have varied in type, length, and “style”. I have done fasts on Sundays where I just do a liquid fast, I did a two day fast with liquids only, I have done Sundays (or Saturdays) and just had one meal, I have fasted media (Facebook, TV, or movies, or even fiction books: “No Media Mondays”), I have done no sugar during Lent, last late summer/early fall I did a 40-Day fast where I followed Whole 30 (cutting out Dairy, Sugar, Grains, and legumes). This January, I am doing this again as well as tempering my media intake. The types of fasting have varied each time and the length as so have the reasons. You have this same freedom and ability too. You have to pray what you are needing to relinquish and perhaps what you are needing to add instead and how frequently depending on your current season of life too.
(If you want to hear some great motivations and reasons watch Ashley’s post).Personally, I have sometimes gone on fast for purely the discipline of it, sometimes I have wanted to commit the start of a new season or a person(s) to the Lord, sometimes I have just felt called for no specific reason and I believe it was an act of obedience, and other times I have done it in partnership with a dear friend who was seeking answers and submitting herself to the Lord (Like and Esther fast which is a mirrored fast and can be found in other instances too: Jdgs 20:26; 1 Sa 7:6; 2 Sa 12:16; Ezr 8:21-23; Ne 9:1-3; Isa 58:3-4; Jer 14:12; Joel 1:14; 2:12-17). No matter the reason, I have felt the Lord has always reminded me how, I can do without, that I can say no, that I do not have to cave to the culture’s demands of instant gratification and that I can submit my desires, yearnings, and hopes to the Lord. I sometimes have even started with the wrong motivation, but the Lord has swiftly turned my heart to the correct posture.
Bottom-line, fasting is an action to help us further align ourselves with Jesus and His Heart and His Will for us. I know the “why” for me this season for this fast of certain foods and media is that I was gaining too much comfort and solace in food (sugar highs and comfort food lows). By saying no to certain foods and limiting the amounts of media for a season, it helps me to practice and cultivate a deeper and more frequent “YES!” to Jesus.
What is your “why” for this season if you are fasting or what are your past experiences with fasting?