Your Fast can revolutionize your faith. If you avoid these three mistakes that will dilute your results and lead you off track.
Mistake Number One
Focusing too much attention on the food and not on your relationship with God.
Indulging and fancy meals are counter to biblical fasting.
During your Fast, you will likely make a significant change in the foods you eat. And here is a golden piece of advice I strongly encourage you to follow: Keep Your Meals Simple.
Countless people start their Fast and then quit because preparing the food got too complicated. OR they are disappointed they didn’t experience spiritual breakthroughs because they focused too much on the food.
All biblical fasting is restricting food for a spiritual purpose. With a partial fast, some foods are eaten while others are restricted. And here is the hard truth: planning what to eat isn’t about finding ways to still cater to the flesh so you won’t miss what you normally eat. Scrumptious, delicious, mouthwatering, yummy, and the like are serving the flesh.
If you keep your meals simple, requiring little time to prepare, then you can devote more time to the awesome spiritual lessons, revelations, and insights that God wants to share with you. Plus, the Lord will meet you in ways you can’t even imagine as you focus on Him and not your flesh during your fast. Keep your meals simple. Yes, you will miss certain foods. Yes, your flesh will rebel. But you can’t starve the flesh as long as you indulge it.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:13
Mistake Number Two
Not planning ahead and starting before you’re ready.
Imagine that you’re going away for a three-week-long spiritual conference led by the most highly respected teacher in the world. When would you start getting ready? When would you start making your plans? When would you study your calendar to allow you space and freedom to enjoy your time?
Now imagine that instead of planning ahead, you didn’t start getting ready until the day before? How would you feel? Frantic? Stressed? Unprepared?
Set yourself up for success on your Fast. Clear your calendar from as many distractions as possible. And think about preparing simple meals ahead of time (if you’re eating).
Mistake Number Three
Not investing adequate time in your spiritual experience during your fast.
We live busy lives these days. The world is overflowing with distractions, shiny options, and so many things to do. Add a spiritual fast into that mix and you have a recipe for poor results.
Take charge. Push the “pause button” on unnecessary tasks and duties. Open your schedule so you can truly benefit from the many blessings of your fast.
Remember, your fast is NOT “life as usual.” In fact, you want your fast to be an unusual time. An “out of this world” time. A life-changing time as you open your heart to God and allow Him to minister to you and show you more of the life you can have in Him.
Your Next Steps
Decide that you will not indulge the flesh during your Fast. Instead, begin thinking about simple, nutritious meals that you can prepare (if you’re eating).
Consider your upcoming fast. Examine your heart and what the purpose of your fast will be. Think about how you can lighten your load during your fast so you can receive more from God.
Imagine your perfect day of fasting. How do you want to begin your day? How do you want to complete your day? How will you spend time in prayer, study, and quiet?
God is so very eager to spend more time with you. He has more for you than you can ever imagine. Open your heart to Him and set yourself up for success by investing in yourself and your faith.