While I have read about numerous physical benefits that can be derived from fasting, my primary reason for doing this is spiritual.
My own struggle with weight loss has become a spiritual battle. I’m not putting this on anyone else - it is something that is deeply personal. Like an any other addict, I have turned to food fill various voids that food has no business filling. I have given over my self-control and replaced it with a lack of restraint. Just like a heroine addict or an alcoholic, I need to break the physical addiction in addition to dealing with the emotional aspects. I feel like I can’t do it on my own, so I am asking God to strengthen and help me. I know that in my weakness, HE is his strongest.
Denying myself the physical pleasure of food for a time is a very uncomfortable thing. I really like to eat. And on top of the simple physical pleasure that it brings, it brings emotional pleasure as well. If I don’t have food to turn to when I am sad, or mad, or bored, or frustrated, then I have to turn to something else. And when you are fasting, it is a deliberate and purposeful effort to turn to God and draw near to HIM to bring you comfort and peace instead of other things. I plan on praying for strength, for a deeper relationship with Him that will fulfill me more than any physical pleasure, and I plan on praying for others.
So on Thursday I begin rehab. And rehab starts off with detox. I will be physically and spiritually purging. Who wants to go with me? Pray about it and think about it. If you felt led to do it as well, leave me a comment or private message me and let me know. I would love to be able to share this experience with others who feel like they are in the same boat.
“Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9
“Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.” Daniel 9:3
* Please do not fast if you have a medical condition (or any other condition) that could prove to be harmful for you. If necessary, check with your physician first.