Resources for Spiritual Growth
The biblical practice of fasting dates back to the Old Testament as a spiritual discipline to deepen our communion with God. Today, fasting is still practiced by many Christians and is annually observed during the time of Lent in preparation for Easter Sunday.
Denying ourselves during Lent gives us time to refocus on Jesus' sacrifice for us, and our faith will be strengthened as we spend time in His presence.
If you feel led to begin the practice of fasting this season, consider the following:
Start Small – Fasting will most likely be more difficult than you initially expect. Choosing to skip one meal per week can be a good place to start. As you progress, you may choose to increase your fast to 24 hours once per week. The most important thing is not the amount of time you fast, but your inner experience with God throughout the process.
Embrace the Pangs – Hunger pangs are a natural and expected part of the fasting process. Instead of looking at them as an inconvenience, consider them an invitation. Every time you feel hungry, use it as a reminder to recenter yourself on God and what he may have for you as you actively “deny yourself.”
Be Hungry, Together – Traditionally, fasting has been practiced as a community. If possible, consider beginning your fast with family members or a group of close friends. Chances are it will be a fuller, richer experience with others walking alongside you.
Abstaining from something other than food can be a powerful alternative to traditional fasting. Choosing to abstain from certain things for a time (such as social media, streaming platforms, alcohol, caffeine, or sugar) can reveal unhealthy attachments and invite us into deeper trust in God.
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.
...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.