How Often Should We Fast
\\2,If you are among those who get up early in the morning and said I am going to fast today without previous preparation of your heart or I will not eat breakfast or lunch, but will drink my coffee or I can chew gum while fasting you are just fooling yourself, your cry cannot be heard on High.
---Esther on 3/21/10\\
Esther, does God tell you whose cry He hears and whose He does not?
I really doubt it.
Maybe, for some people, a partial fast, with only liquids is the best they can manage.
As St. John Chrysostom said about fasting: "He accepts the work done, He welcomes the intention. He honours the achievement, He praises the purpose."
---Cluny on 3/21/10|
1, People fast for different reasons: to ask God for mercy, protection, Holy Spirit etc., etc., Fasting is very important for all believers in as much as these people fasted(Jesus Christ, the Apostles, Queen Esther, Daniel and the people of Nineveh) we should fast also Matthew 17:21.
Before, during and after your fasting: it is very important to proclaim your fasting to God at the same time ask for forgiveness of sins, sanctification, mercy, strength and Holy Spirit Isaiah 58. Consecrate your heart to the Lord by making your petitions known through prayer in secret to the Lord. Fasting without prayer is not enough.
After fasting: you should wait patiently with perseverance and continue to ask until your joy is full Isaiah 62:7-8.
---Esther on 3/21/10|
2,If you are among those who get up early in the morning and said I am going to fast today without previous preparation of your heart or I will not eat breakfast or lunch, but will drink my coffee or I can chew gum while fasting you are just fooling yourself, your cry cannot be heard on High.
---Esther on 3/21/10|
i encourage You read Isaiah 58
and do this as often as possible =)
---kevin on 3/20/10|
Our fasting should not be self-willed, but obedient.
Otherwise, we resemble the demons who are self-willed and never eat at all.
I know the story of one man who attempted a 40 day strict fast against spiritual advice, and suffered a mental breakdown (which could have been demonically caused).
Furthermore, we are taught by Christian writers throughout the ages that we are NOT to fast or abstain to the point we damage our health or cannot fulfill our obligations.
---Cluny on 3/20/10|
I believe we have to be led by the spirit of God when fasting. He will then give us the grace to fast. He will also place it on our heart how long we should fast.
---Shary on 3/20/10|
I agree with Donna, you should fast as the Lord directs you, not church tradition or regulations. If you fast just because you "have to" then your fasting is in vain as the Lord said to the Israelites. Even Jesus didn't proclaim any schedule for fasting, He only said "when you fast".
---tommy3007 on 3/20/10|
The Early Christians in the late 1st century or early 2nd century used to fast on Wednesday and Friday as evident in Early Church documents, such as the Didache. This Tradition is still kept in the Eastern Churches.
---Ignatius on 3/19/10|
There may be some wisdom in suggesting that a heavier person fast somewhat more often than a lighter person.
---ger.toshav on 3/19/10|
As the Lord leads or if there's a specific purpose you want to fast.
I have to admit, I haven't fasted since i was in the hospital in September. For 9 days I was on intervenous and had no appetite. That may not be fasting to some, but when they brought me a Turkey Dinner, it looked scrumptous, but I pushed it away and said I didn't want it.
I didn't know at the time I was on intervenous. I was so drugged with morphene (I was bleeding in my liver) that I didn't notice the pick line on my arm.
---Donna5535 on 3/19/10|