Each person is encouraged to humble themselves through the discipline of fasting by participating in four weeks of focused denial of the flesh. It is not supposed to be comfortable, and this is why it works. It makes an impact on our lives, freeing our time and mental energy to spend time with God. It is not to be trumpeted.
Don't dwell on how you cannot do this, just quietly take control of your flesh and give it to God.
MEANINGFUL fasting - January 8 thru January 12
This time is set aside to fast something that is meaningful to you as an individual. It may be coffee, soft drinks, chocolate, a sport, a hobby, the phone, or even fasting a specific Media item. You should set aside something that is going to be the most meaningful to you. Ask yourself the question, "What is something I eat, drink, or do that will be most noticed when taken from ME?" This is what you should give up for this particular time.
You could also do different items at different times during these days.
MEDIA fasting - January 15 thru January 19
No internet, video/computer games, video, television, radio, or texting unless it is a work-related requirement.
This has been one of the greatest times of sacrifice for many in our past times of fasting. It frees us from much of this world's distractions! Some have said that they heard from God like never before when they turned the media off. Please listen to Him. Instead of complaining about being bored, let's use this time to talk to God or become His hands to someone in need.
MEAL fasting - January 22 thru January 26
Choose your meal fast based on the following:
- Medical condition - Some fasts are safe for individuals with medical conditions.
- Work responsibilities - If an individual has a strenuous job, it is recommended that they choose a fast that will allow them to continue working without putting themselves and others in danger.
Types of Meal Fasts:
- Fasting 6am-6pm daily.
- Fast one meal a day for the week.
- A 24-hour period or 2-3 days in succession.
MEAT fasting - January 29 thru February 2
This week is set aside to fast meat. There are other sources of protein, but meat is generally a main staple of our daily diet. This will be a reminder that we must have the meat of God's Word to grow strong and healthy in our Christian walk. All other food items can be eaten, but you will find that doing without meat makes a marked difference in your meals. When you long for it, remind your body that God is in control of our life, and we must submit ourselves to Him.