I hear that fasting is supposed to be more about your relationship with the Lord then your absinance for food or certain thing you have decided to fast from. But, how does one keep the spirit of the fast true? What does a pure true fast entail? Daily prayers and communion with the Lord? Daily worship? Daily confessions and prayers for forgiveness? What else is involved in a true fast? I am in the middle of a fast right now, but I am not sure whether or not it can be considered a "true"fast. Video games, for me have played a large role in my life since I was young and remain a large part of my life to this day and I thought it would be a worthy thing to fast from(Or do I say spend the time I would be playing video games to focus my attention on the Lord and my relationship with Him?) it is the end of day 11 of a (hopefully) 21 day fast. I am trying my best to keep the spirit of the fast alive and to stay strong to keep the fast going. It is at the difficult stages right now which is what brings me to pose these questions. I would like to find out if I have been keeping this fast true, or if I have somehow corrupted it and taken away its meanings. That's what I'm trying to figure out.
by Dion Todd about
If it hurts, it is true fasting lol. I often abstain from gaming during my fast as well, so I get that. I like to keep a prayer list during my fast, and I pray over it each day. It helps keep me focused. Though the Holy Spirit is with me in the car just like He is when I am in my prayer room. The general idea is to shut out some of the noise and distractions so that we can hear His voice better. It uncorks our ears. Let him who has ears hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
by Sylvia Todd about
Good question, Tyler! We consider the fast in the sacrifice itself. We basically "announce" it to the Lord when we start, essentially committing to how we are going to fast. Yes, it's a good idea to spend some time in prayer and devotion as you are fasting. For one thing, we believe that the act of fasting has powerful effects in the spiritual realm. That said, I would not say that if you don't that it invalidates the fast.
I mean, fair enough, if a person, for instance, were to fast from Grand Theft Auto only to replace it with Fallout 4, I wouldn't exactly call that any kind of fast, but I think you know that ;-).
For us, we only fast from food, though how "hardcore" that is will vary, depending on what we believe we are called to do that time. Dealing with that is generally enough without adding a lot of requirements on top of that :).