I ATE SOMETHING THAT WASN’T ON MY FAST; DO I NEED TO START AGAIN?
No, think of fasting as a marathon rather than a sprint. Don’t give up! If you fall down, get up and keep trying. Conquering your “stomach” is difficult, but you’ll make it.
DO I CONTINUE EXERCISING WHILE FASTING?
For most people, moderate exercise is ok. However if you are on a complete fast you will not have the energy for exercise.
WHAT ABOUT KIDS AND STUDENTS?
They are encouraged to fast media, music, tv, movies, social media – a favorite dessert, snack or junk food. Growing children should not be fasting their meals. Instead be aware of making healthy choices and saying no to treats. Encourage them to read the Bible, have devotions, journal and pray.
WHAT IF I HAVE A MANUAL LABOR JOB?
If you have a job that requires you to expend a lot of physical or mental energy, you may want to consider a full fast when you are not at work and commit to a partial fast that allows you to receive enough nutrition to perform your job. We encourage you to seek God about your commitment and follow His lead. Remember, your flesh will always oppose your decision.
ANY SPECIAL ADVICE WHILE I FAST?
Dress warmly – you can expect to feel colder during a fast, especially in your hands and feet. Use warm, not hot, water for showers and baths. Avoid ice cold beverages. You will experience weakness (don’t be alarmed.) Fast in secret – don’t tell others you are fasting; it is between you and God.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHILE FASTING?
Headache, nausea, low fever, sleeplessness, stomach pains, feelings of loneliness, thoughts of doubt and unbelief. It is all part of subduing the flesh.
HOW SHOULD I BEHAVE DURING MY FAST?
“When you practice some appetite discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush you teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well. Hide it from people, take care of yourself, no one should know. God is watching and will reward you, give back, return, restore!” (Matthew 6:16 TMSG)