A time for Fasting

There are all sorts of reasons to Fast. Physical, Spiritual Cleaning, prior to a procedure, and I am sure there are others. 5/26/17 Ramadan began. This is a spiritual time in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. In addition to the fasting the Quran is read from beginning to end. I have done this fast both reading the Quran and reading the Bible from beginning to end. It is a very enlightening and renewing experience. Just about all faiths practice some form of fasting. This site gives a list of many faith fasting practices:  http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/2001/02/Fasting-Chart.aspx   And here is another great website with Much info on Biblical fasting. http://www.allaboutprayer.org/prayer-and-fasting.htm  As this site states: Except in The Old Testament specifically required prayer and fasting for only one occasion, which was the Day of Atonement. Nowhere else does the Word of God “command ” believers to spend time in prayer and fasting. However, throughout The Word prayer and fasting is definitely indicated as something we should be doing. Far too often, though, the focus of prayer and fasting is on abstaining from food. Instead, the purpose of Biblical fasting should be to take our eyes off the things of this world and focus our thoughts on God. Fasting should always be limited to a set time because not eating for extended periods can be damaging to the body. Fasting is not a method of punishing our bodies and it is not be used as a “dieting method” either. We are not to spend time in prayer and fasting in order to lose weight, but rather to gain a deeper fellowship with God. 

Introduced by Abraham, Issac, and Jacob Jewish Law makes it our duty to pray three times daily: in the morning, in the afternoon and at nightfall. These prayers are called morning prayer (shacharit), afternoon prayer (minchah) and evening prayer (arvith or maariv ).  When practiced prayer 3 times a day sure does help keep you focused on The Way of our Lord (Jesus was a practicing Jew ya know, so this is Not a Old way of Jewish Law).  God says our bodies are the Temples of God 1 Corinthians 6:19-20..That said Prayer and Fasting is both cleansing your mind and your body.

Most people take baths or showers to keep the outside of their bodies clean, but they do very little to keep the inside of their bodies clean.  (Which is even more important.)  Fortunately, there is a way to remove the excess toxins that have built up in your body over the years, and it’s called “cleansing”.  There are many different ways to cleanse the body, but the most natural and the most effective is to simply go on a fast. This site gives 6 steps of Fasting. http://www.sixstepstobetterhealth.com/cleansebody.html      Our bodies have the ability to “heal themselves of virtually anything”, but if the inside of your body is a highly toxic environment where disease can easily manifest and thrive, fasting may be the best way to give your body a chance to really work it’s magic.  Is it a bit of a sacrifice? YES..however the end result is so worth the sacrifice.

On that note:  I pray you read all the info above and consider joining me in a Fasting period of cleansing Mind, Body, and Spirit. Try 3 prayers a day sharing all your troubles and Praises along with the reading of His Word ..even if it is just a few verses. I personally am doing a 30 day water and Veggies Fast. Then once completed I plan to do a 3 day fast monthly. I haven’t done one all year and no doubt the toxins in my body are stacked up. We all get so caught up in the “world” we tend to neglect ourselves. Remember, if you do not Love yourself it is hard to love another and if you get ill from lack of taking care of yourself how can you care for those you love? Not to mention, why feel yucky if there are ways to ” heal thyself” ..

Shalom.

 

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