It's not a secret that my parents have never followed any religion and we only went to church when somebody got married in the family. I've grown up in an environment where Christianity was something very weird that only weird people do.

So when I met my husband I wasn't really excited about going to church with him. But as deeply I believed in what I was taught as quickly my view has changed. Today I'm the first person in the house that get up on Sunday mornings and I am the one that makes sure we are not running late. (Even when my husband was working the night before and he only came back home at 5.00 am.)

So all in all I love going to church now and I'm OK with everything that is coming with it, even fasting. Today I would like to talk about fasting because my church has a 7 days prayer and fasting programme on at the moment.

I remember when my husband first asked me to fast with him. I thought he was joking because I've never fasted in my life before! Finally I joined him but I had a difficult time finding information on the nature of a Biblical fast, how to start, what to expect physically and spiritually, and how to terminate a fast. I'd like to share with you what I've learnt about fasting.

A fast is abstinence from an object or objects of your choice for a fixed duration. That object can be anything, for example, a person can fast from food and water for a day or longer. This is the traditional fast. This is the fast well known and popular among Believers. This duration also include other activities like prayer, Bible reading and memorization of selected Scriptures and meditation on the Word of God.

Fasting is the most powerful of all Christian disciplines and Christians believe God may have something very special to show us as we wait upon Him and seek His face. The only thing is that Satan does not want us to grow in our faith, and will do anything from making us hungry and grumpy to bringing up trouble in our family or at work to stop us.
We have to be aware that Satan will do everything he can to pull us away from prayer and Bible reading time.

I personally still find it quite difficult to fast but  my trick is that when I feel the enemy trying to discourage me, immediately I go to God in prayer and ask Him to strengthen me. This makes it easier for me to deal with the physical discomforts of fasting.

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