Tomorrow, Shiloh will begin our annual three-day consecration. This is the time of the year when we prepare our hearts and humble ourselves before God so that we can gain new direction and new insight into our lives for the upcoming year. Over the next three days, we will be giving ourselves to God through prayer, fasting, and seeking God in His Word. As we begin this fast, I thought it would be helpful to share some information on how to prepare for a fast.
When beginning a fast, it is important to make both spiritual and physical preparation. The following information was gathered from Dr. Bill Bright’s “Your Personal Guide to Prayer and Fasting” (http://www.ccci.org/training-and-growth/devotional-life/personal-guide-to-fasting/05-spiritual-and-physical-preparation.htm). There is much more information on this website that I would urge you to skim through in your personal time. Here are a few tips to help you when you are preparing to fast:
- Examine your heart for any unconfessed sin and repent for sins known and unknown, obvious and less obvious.
- Yield yourself over to the Holy Spirit by asking Him to clean your heart from any sins, attitudes, and/or behaviors that are not pleasing to God.
- Prepare your heart and mind to be open to whatever God reveals to you during the time of your fast.
- To prepare your body for fasting, eat smaller meals and eat less frequently to communicate to your mind and body that it is okay to function on less food.
- Also, begin to wean yourself from caffeine and sugars. Sugars and caffeine increase the appetite and will make your body more resistant to a fast, which involves you abstaining from food.
- Finally, avoid “pigging out” before you begin your fast. The key thing to remember is that you are preparing your body to abstain from food for an extended amount of time, and this will send a different message to your body.