I have had the flu for the past couple of days and have not been able to keep anything down. As God always does, He used humor to cheer me up. I asked my husband, “Do you suppose this is sort of like fasting?” You can imagine the look he gave me. I think he was about to call the men in the white jackets to come take me away.
Of course it’s not the same as fasting. Illness does not count because when you fast it is a willing act of obedience and devotion to your Lord, not a flu bug! Fasting and prayer makes the devil start taking prozac. I like that statement from Paula White!
Fasting has always been an interesting ritual for me since I’m diabetic. Many diabetics do not take part in fasting because they believe it to be too risky. I don’t judge them one way or the other. I choose to go ahead and fast, but it is between me and God. Not a big deal, and sometimes I don’t fast for a very long while, but I don’t believe it’s supposed to be some sort of contest to see who can go without nourishment the longest! It’s a spiritual act of worship, and that’s all.
There is nothing magical about fasting except it affords you more time to pray and study God’s Word. The time you would usually spend nourishing your body, you spend nourishing your soul. It’s my personal belief that God speaks more clearly and honors my sacrifice. I believe He in turn blesses my life abundantly! But it’s not a big deal and most of the time no one knows I’m in the midst of a fast. It’s a secret time between God and me (as it should be).
Some people think that a fast has to be done in a ritualistic way and that it is always about denying yourself food, but I don’t subscribe to that way of thinking. I believe God honors any sacrifice we make, on purpose, to be closer to Him. If you can’t go without food for a whole day, just fast one meal and spend the time in prayer. If you are afraid to do without food, skip your favorite T.V. show (but don’t record it – that’s not denial). Spend that time in prayer. There are many variations to a fast. It’s like Lent, really – only for a shorter time. ❤