OK, first things first. Fasting is about food, more specifically our control over our appetite.
As Steve Strang, founder of Charisma magazine, states: “The Bible says the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We must be responsible and take care of the physical body God has given us. I know some Christians who wouldn’t drink or smoke (because it’s unhealthy) but were so obese they had very poor health. They wouldn’t need God to heal them of their maladies if they had lived healthy lifestyles!”
It is going to be hard to have a fulfilling and life-transforming 40-days of fasting without being intentional about giving up eating in a meaningful way.
What this means for you is between you and God. It can be giving up a certain food(s) that has a hold over you or giving up a number of meals or days or a combination of any of these. The real issues are these:
- Do you have health issues or potential health issues looming because of your eating habits?
- Are there things you could do at your age if you were in better shape?
- Does your stomach rule? (Do you eat to live or live to eat?)
- Is your body a living testimony to the world of Christian temperance and surrender to God?
- Bottom line: At the stage of life you are at, are you presenting to God (for your reasonable service) the very best body you can?
Remember, repentance is not about being sorry, it is about changing course.
Fasting is one of the way you change course. So which way should you go?
- Prayer: Oh Creator God who crafted my amazing body, forgive me for those times I have allow my appetite for food to rule me, for those times I willing compromised my health and ability to leverage my life to the max for you in order to indulge my appetite. Today I repent–I shall begin changing how I live. Please guide me as to what I should immediately do and please give me the strength to follow through.
Romans 12:1 (NKJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.