What Not To Do When Fasting As A Christian
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Fasting as a Christian is a special time to devote yourself to God.
Fasting is a special time to devote yourself to God. It’s a time to pray, read the Bible, and draw closer to God. Fasting is also a chance for us as Christians to focus on God.
A lot of people misunderstand what fasting is and how it works. Many think that if you don’t eat anything at all during the day, then you are fasting correctly. But this isn’t true! If you eat just one more bite than usual during your fast day, then technically speaking, you weren’t actually fasting at all because your stomach contents were still inside of it!
When we first started out in church as young kids with our parents (who were fasting), we weren’t exactly sure what was going on either so let me explain:
Do take the time to pray, read your bible and draw closer to God.
As you are fasting, do take the time to pray and read your Bible. Fasting is not just about giving up food. It is a spiritual exercise that helps us draw closer to God. This can be done by reading scripture or praying more than usual during the fast period. Also, use this time as an opportunity to meditate on what you have learned from fasting and how it has changed your relationship with God as well as others around you
Don’t let fasting keep you from doing what God has called you to do in the lives of others.
Fasting helps us to become more aware of the needs around us, and allows us to serve others in a way that is more meaningful. When we’re not fasting, our attention is often so centered on ourselves that we forget about other people and their needs. Fasting can change that—it makes us grateful for what we have and causes us to think more about those who don’t have as much as we do.
Now let’s get specific: How does fasting help you be better at serving God’s people?
When it comes down to it, this isn’t about what you think about yourself or how much you enjoy your food; it’s about using your time wisely so that you can make an impact on the lives of others. And if fasting ever becomes uncomfortable or difficult for any reason (and yes, these things happen sometimes), then stop! This isn’t worth hurting yourself over; instead focus on ways in which fasting will strengthen your relationship with God through prayer and obedience…
Don’t just fast for yourself.
Don’t just fast for yourself.
It’s easy to do. You’re hungry, and you want something to eat! All those people who think they need to be thin or in shape are probably eating now. They’ll be thinking about their food while they’re eating it, too! How could they possibly enjoy that meal? You know what? You don’t care what they’re doing anyway. So why not just skip breakfast and see if it makes a difference?
This is one of the most common mistakes Christians make when fasting: believing that if we fast, God will bless us or give us something extra because we’ve gone without food or water for longer than usual (or at all). We think He owes us something extra after our sacrifice of going without food or water for certain amounts of time—and then we wonder why He doesn’t seem impressed with our efforts. The truth is: God isn’t impressed by your hunger pains, but He is interested in how you handle them.
Don’t only seek your own needs when fasting.
While it’s important to be concerned about our own needs and seek the Lord for what we need, we must remember that fasting is also a time for prayer. God wants us to be concerned about others and not just ourselves. When you pray during your fast, ask God for what you need, but also consider praying for others.
- Pray that they will know Jesus Christ as their Savior (John 17:3).
- Pray that they would have a desire to serve Him (1 Peter 4:10).
- Ask Him to lead them into truth (John 14:6).
Don’t let your fast become all about checking off a box on a list.
Fasting is not meant to be a daily task or checklist. It should not be thought of as a way to get what you want, earn God’s love and impress others.
Fasting should never be seen as something that you have to do in order to prove your faithfulness or commitment to God.
Fasting should be about God and not about us
- Fasting is about seeking God’s will, not your own.
- Fasting should be a time to draw nearer to God, not to focus on yourself.
- Fasting should not be used as a means of seeking your own needs and desires.
We hope this article has given you a better idea of what it means to fast and some practical tips for how to do it. Although fasting can be hard at first, remember that you’re not alone in this journey. God is with you every step of the way, and He will help you if you ask Him to help guide your fasting practices!