We have very busy schedules in our lives such as holidays, birthdays, office lunch, or something that creates a block in the road, so we talk ourselves out beginning a fast. My advise is:
Jentezen Franklin, says a biblical fast is not about not eating food, nor starvation a biblical fast is abstaining from food for a spiritual break through. Cindy Trimm, also believes a biblical fast is not eating or drinking food and liquids for a certain period of time.
- As Jesus taught His disciples, “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly” (Matt. 6:16).
- Christians are not the only ones who benefits from fasting. Other religions believe fasting is important is important for the “inward practice.” As we see from this quote taken from the Koran, “To fast is better for you, if only you knew it” (2:18), fasting is best practiced in the privacy of ones own heart.
- Mahatma (which means “Great Soul”) Gandhi, a proclaimed Buddhist and avid faster, stated, ” What the eyes are for the outer world, fasts are for the inner.” He continues, “Fasting will bring spiritual rebirth to those of you who cleanse and purify your bodies. The light of the world will illuminate within you when you fast and purify yourself.”
- In the Bahá’í Faith, fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset during the Bahá’í month of `Ala’ (March 2 – March 20). Bahá’u’lláh established the guidelines in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. It is the complete abstaining from both food and drink during daylight hours (including abstaining from smoking).
In the first half of the 20th century, Shoghi Effendi, explains: “It is essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recuperation, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate the spiritual forces latent in his soul. Its significance and purpose are, therefore, fundamentally spiritual in character. Fasting is symbolic, and a reminder of abstinence from selfish and carnal desires.”