Fasting and Prayer Week One


When I started this journey last week, a couple of the goals of going public with this usually very intimate and quiet subject was to 1) keep myself accountable and 2) do a little educating about fasting by sharing what I am experiencing. If you joined me in this fast, or if you are a frequent faster, please feel free to comment on issues you have dealt with during your journey. Or, maybe you are struggling and could use encouragement, go ahead a place a comment!

So, this past week actually went by fairly fast. I have mostly stayed with water, but I have added vitamin water, life water or broth once in a while – especially when I am going to be driving. Nothing with calories, but with some added vitamins and minerals. I think that’s important when I need to be alert.

There are some interesting things that have been happening to my body during the last week. It’s been a little hard at times…sometimes my stomach hurts. I also noticed that the emotional eating urges have been probably the most difficult to ignore, though and quite honestly these urges are the ones I need the most help from God on. As part of the whole bringing-my-body-under-submission-thing, I will need to pay attention. Some of the things I have experienced this past week I think are pretty common for anyone fasting. There are the headaches, stomach aches and fatigue. It’s real stuff. That’s why I think it’s really important that when planning a fast it’s important to plan for some down time. Focusing on God is hard to do in the noisy everyday life-stuff, anyway, so two birds and all that.

There’s also some nasty, nasty stuff and not completely knowing my audience, I’ll be careful…but bathroom habits almost gross me out. Just sayin.

Spiritually, I like what is happening. Practicing focusing on God is just that. It takes practice. Lots of practice. We have so much in our world that just keeps us away from being in His presence. When I feel the headaches, the tummy aches and the fatigue, I am trying to use those yucky things to remind me to spend a bit of time in prayer. Do you know how much differently a day goes when you’re praying every few minutes?? It’s really incredible.

I’ve been reminded of our fascination with personal comfort. I think we are obsessed with it, actually. If I am a tad bit hungry, or nervous or sad or overwhelmed, I reach for food. Others reach for other things. When  tired, I want sleep. I don’t really want to push through it that much. I think God is teaching me that I need to focus on Him before I try the immediate gratification avenue. Happy-making stuff, I think.

Theme words this week: Purify and Focus.


6 thoughts on “Fasting and Prayer Week One

  1. Heather Webster

    Thank you for sharing about your fast! This is very encouraging to me. I am on day 10 of a fast of 7. I am only eating 7 foods for 30 or 40 days. I have done 1 or 3 day fasts before but after praying, decided that something that involved a more serious time commitment would give me a better understanding of the ‘discipline’ involved with fasting. With 3 children under the age of 5 a total fast was not something I felt comfortable with!! I totally agree with you about our fascination with personal comfort. Over the past 10 days I have begun to realize that I don’t really deny myself anything! Denying myself some of my very favorite foods has given room for me to empty and for God to fill. What I pray to gain through this fast: more intimacy with God through prayer, a refreshed love for obedience, a steadfast gratitude that I don’t have to eat, and I don’t have to feed my children rice for every meal as the majority of the world does, a stronger will, and looking forward to what God will teach me through this! As for my obsession with food…I have learned that when I eat, I am stuffing myself because I love the gratification of taste. I never, ever stop eating when I am full. Now that I am eating the same 7 foods every day, I am not eating for gratification but for nourishment. Interesting…
    Anyway! I will pray much for you!!! May God be so present with you as you deny yourself any food at all!! I look forward to reading about your journey of discipline!

      • Heather Webster

        My 7 foods are: eggs, chicken, brown rice, spinach, sweet potato, avocado, apple. I had been fasting 1 day a week for awhile and had been praying about a longer fast. Then I read the book, “7” by Jen Hatmaker. It’s a great book! She does the fast of 7, so I began to pray about it and decided to do it. I’ve been so tempted lately to lick the spoon or just take a bite to “taste the seasoning” when I am making other foods for my family! I don’t want to be legalistic, but I definitely want to learn the discipline of the fast. How are you doing? What are your temptations right now? Are any of your physical side affects getting better?

      • That is so interesting! I will look in to it! That is certainly something that I may introduce to my family. Of course, my kids are older than yours.

        This week has been much easier. I will write about this more, but one of the things I prayed about was for God to restore the closeness we once had. I’m getting to know him again…and I like it. Communing throughout the day is refreshing, isn’t it?

        Physically, I have been aware of the hold that I have allowed food to have on me. I am praying for a break in that cycle. God is good.

        So, are you eating just the foods without butter, salt and pepper and all that??

  2. Heather

    Thank you for your blog post on the 27th! What great insight! The passage from Isaiah gave me much to think about. How are you feeling while breaking your fast? I did some research online and found a lot of different thoughts on breaking a fast. I have been told that drinking hot water is a good way to get your digestive system to relax and move with less cramping.
    I am eating just the foods plain. I use just enough oil to prevent sticking while cooking an egg or chicken breast. I am not using any salt but have used a little pepper, however, I find myself wanting to use more and more pepper to satisfy my taste so I may stop using it.
    Thanks again for sharing on your blog. It has been encouraging to me!

    • You are certainly encouraging me! I began by eating a soft diet and very little. I’m still working on waking my innards up, lol. Little portions of softer food throughout the day seems to be the ticket for me, and lots and lots of water.

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