Why Do You Fast?

Some things are more important than religious practices, and we need to focus on what matters most I plan to fast one day a week. While I’m not as consistent as I would like, I follow through more often than I miss. Fasting is a spiritual act of...

Confessions About Fasting

Last Sunday’s post about sharing our spiritual struggles was really the introduction for this week’s post, my groaning to reach what I strive for. My confession is that my normal joy of fasting has been mired in a season of misery. For most of...

Two Kinds of Fasts

A curious phrase pops up in the book of Joel: holy fast. A fast is going without something, such as food, to draw closer to God. By implication it should be a holy act, so why does the prophet Joel make a point of specifying a holy fast? I wonder...

How to End a Fast Well

In an earlier post, I talked about fasting. I admitted that despite the spiritual benefits — while tangible and profound — fasting is a mystery to me. I also shared that the most difficult part of my fast was ending it well. From a physical...

The Mystery of Fasting

Fasting, after falling out of favor, is being reclaimed as a viable spiritual discipline. While I admit to regularly fasting, I also admit to being regularly perplexed by its practice. Fasting is simply going without something (usually food) for...

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