I’m out of town at the moment, but I just couldn’t miss sharing a few words from the Bible about practicing the sacrament of the FAST.
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. – Matthew 6:16-18 NIV
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. – Luke 4:1-2 NIV
Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. – 1 Corinthians 7:5 NIV
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4 NIV
Did you catch, it? Fasting isn’t entirely about depriving oneself of food. The important thing is that you choose to give up /FAST from something in order to hear from God. When the craving comes (and it will) turn to God in prayer.
NOTE – Prayer is two-way street! Yes it is a time to pour our your heart to God BUT more importantly you must also listen for God’s direction.