The following post is written by another of our C3 ladies on the book “Fasting”.
We are starting a 21 day fast here at C3 on January 10th, 2010. I had never fasted before coming to C3 and really didn’t understand the ins and outs of it. I will admit the first Daniel’s fast I did I was very legalistic about the entire endeavor. Can I eat this? Is there a loophole about certain potato chips? What about coffee? I spent a lot of time looking for the ways around it rather then focusing on why I was doing it and understanding it. I didn’t make it through the first 21-day fast. I stopped about mid-way through and shrugged it off, discounted it, but inside I felt like I had failed, again.
But this time is different.
This time I have a plan and I am organized and not only is my mind prepared but I’m preparing my body, and my spirit, and my soul. Jentezen Franklin’s book, “fasting” is a great tool to help us, the church, understand the reasons why we fast, the cause and effects of fasting, and the best way to set ourselves up for success in the fast.
I personally have some very important questions that I am going to be praying and fasting about. I will have a battle plan and I will equip myself to stand and fight, or rather, pray and fast. This will be a fight though, not necessarily with blood shed and the clanging of swords, but with hunger, temptation, and cravings. Franklin’s book on fasting answered a lot of my questions and helped me to develop a plan of action.
Something that really spoke to me out of Franklin’s book was the reason for us fasting. Why are we doing it? It is extremely important that we fast for a reason, not only because the church is doing it. It can be for an understanding and clarity for decisions coming up, financial, health, relationship, and salvation for others, direction for your church and its leaders, or prayer and God’s provision for our children, etc. but it is important to have a reason. A reason important enough that when we get deeper into the fast, and satan really begins to attack (because he will my friends), we have a higher purpose then the Big Mac at McDonald’s drive-thru or the double hot, no whip, French vanilla latte grande at Starbucks to focus on. Fasting is about prayer and instead of driving up to a window to get food (which we should seriously think about anyway), when we fast we are in constant prayer with God and we have an opportunity to deepen our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Yes, we can fast different things. Cutting out television, or no sugar, no computer, no soft drinks, etc. However, what is IMPORTANT is that we remember when we want to sit down and watch “So You Think You Can Dance” but we are fasting TV. Instead of watching we spend time in prayer and in God’s Word. When we take that coffee break at work do not run down to the break room and grab a coke, we pray, read a devotion (there are some great ones online), or we spend time just resting and listening for God and drinking lots of water.
Fast something that will be missed, omit something that is performed, eaten, or done daily so you can stop in the midst of the chaos and acknowledge God. This gives each of us an opportunity to commune with Him.
I strongly encourage everyone who is going to be doing the fast, no matter what you are giving up to grab a copy of “fasting” by Jentezen Franklin and the journal. You can get it in “The Source” at C3 or online. I feel that I am better prepared for the next steps on this journey and that the 21-days can be a celebration of remarkable breakthrough rather then a stumbling block and frustration.
Let me know how it goes and please send any questions about the fast to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Leigh is married to Rodney and they have three children, 18, 13, and 10. We have been members of C3 for over 3 years. Visit Leigh’s website for more information, www.leighfrance.blogspot.com.