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Daily Practice: What to Expect When Fasting

What can you expect to experience during a fast? Hunger... your physical body needs food and is trained to expect food. You will probably experience both a physical and psychological craving for food (or for the food groups you are fasting from).

Here are some ways to turn your physical hunger into spiritual growth:

  1. Turn hunger and craving into prayer.
    "God, as my body craves food, I crave Your presence." Meanwhile his disciples urged him, "Rabbi, eat something." But he said to them, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about." Then his disciples said to each other, "Could someone have brought him food?" "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work." (John 4:31-34)
  2. Your hunger and food-craving will remind you to turn to God and to keep your mind stayed on God. Consider hunger a positive feeling because it will turn your heart to God.
    I have treasured the words of your mouth more than my daily bread. (Job 23:12)
  3. Hunger and food-cravings will give you the opportunity to present an offering to the Lord. Each time you deny your craving for the sake of your fast, you are placing a sacrifice on the altar. The offering is not the food, but your obedience.

Tonight we invite you to fast from sundown today until tomorrow night's dinner. Click here to learn more about fasting. For suggestions on where to break your fast tomorrow night, go to Monday's lenten devotional.


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