Commit to Fasting: Renew your Mind, Body and Spirit
Do you want to feel better, live longer, and experience mental clarity? Fasting is one of the best ways to lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes; it’s also an excellent method to develop self-restrain and spiritual enlightenment. According to the Dalai Lama, “The key to a happier and more successful world is the growth of compassion. This is obtained by developing our good human qualities.”(96). Fasting is an excellent practice that helps to develop good human qualities. There are many different ways to fast, Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines fasting as, “abstaining from food, or some types of food.” (392) One should practice fasting regularly, because according to the Bible and scientific studies, it is proven that fasting is one of the most powerful weapons in our arsenal to experience a better relationship with God, detoxification and restoration from body ailments, release from the bondage of food and weight loss, and some use “hunger strikes” to alter government policies. Fasting is an ancient harmless exercise that just about anyone can do.
The webpages titled, “The Art of Living-Relating to Life, and Pretty Thin” fasting is defined as an amount of time that you abstain from either all foods or specific foods. Fluids are drunk to meet thirst and mental requirements. While not eating food, your body will cleanse itself of everything with the exception of vital tissue. It goes on advising that starvation will happen only if the body is forced to use the vital tissues to survive, and that participating on 40 day water fasts will not cause mineral, protein or vitamin deficiencies. An effective fast requires that you have clear thoughts about the outcome. To be successful, one should have a desire that’s based on either a physical, spiritual or political need. Fasting and prayer are often paired together but another popular pair related to fasting is detoxification and weight loss. When animals are sick or hurt, they instinctively find a warm secluded spot to rest undisturbed and sip only water for a period of time, until they are restored. Christians believe that through fasting and prayer the Holy Spirit transforms lives. A biblical fast is undertaken to grow closer to God, not to lose weight. It should be done with humility and with an attitude of joyfulness. “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth; they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, anoint your head with oil and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:16-18) You are asked to set time aside for scripture and contemplation through prayer. When you look away from earthly things the ability to focus on the teachings of Christ, fasting becomes an easy task to carryout. The Holy Bible suggests that fasting can be beneficial and good, however, it is not a requirement for Christians, and they are free to choose. The book of Acts declares that believers fasted before making some vital decisions. Temporary deprivation of food is not the only way to fast, anything given up in exchange for building a relationship and reliance on God is acceptable. The objective is not to punish the body neither is it to change God nor bargain for personal gain and favors. The desired outcome for spiritual fasting is to prove to ourselves and to God the seriousness of drawing closer and develop a stronger relationship with Him. In a hypertext version of The Essene Gospel of Peace Jesus affirms, “I tell you truly, even so did Satan enter your bodies which are the habitation of God. And he took in his power all that he wished to steal: your breath, your blood, your bone, your flesh, your bowels, your eyes, and your ears. But by your fasting and your prayer, you have called back the lord of...
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