By Bill Gaultiere © 2009, 2011, 2012
Fasting is one of the most transforming spiritual disciplines that I have used. Jesus made important use of fasting and when we fast it is a special way to be with our Lord and become more like him.
Using my “Fasting is Feasting Prayer” will help.
Denying myself food for a period of time helps me because it reminds me of how hungry I am for God. Most people who teach on fasting don’t talk about it that way, but I’ve found this approach to be the key. Try it with my “Fasting is Feasting Prayer” from the Bible and you’ll be amazed at the results!
Feast on the Word of God
The only way to learn that Fasting is Feasting is by experimentation. You try it. You venture on God. You go without food, at first probably you just skip one meal, but drink plenty of water and during your fast you meditate on Scripture — not only at your meal time, but also throughout the day. While you go without food you practice feasting on the Word of God as your source of spiritual and physical nourishment.
Of course, when you’re learning to fast you’ll have some challenges to press through (like headaches, grumpiness, lack of energy, or feeling deprived) but in time you’ll experience God’s life flowing into you in wonderful ways! You’ll learn how to be more patient and generous toward others, even if they’re being difficult or you’re not getting what you want.
A Prayer to Learn that Fasting is Feasting
My Fasting is Feasting Prayer is based on a medley of Scriptures. It’s helpful to meditate on this while fasting.
Fasting is Feasting Prayer
By the mercy of Christ
I shall not live by bread alone
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God.[i]
The Word of God
Is alive and active;
The Lord is right now speaking
His life into my soul.[ii]
The Spirit of God
That raised Christ from the dead
Lives and prays in my body
And reminds me of Jesus’ words.[iii]
So as I fast from food I feast with joy
On the manna from heaven,
The bread of angels,
The Bread of Life, who is Jesus.[iv]
My food is to be one with Jesus:
To do the will of the Father,
To finish his works of love,
To share my food with the hungry.[v]
In the name of the Father,
And the Spirit.
If you choose to fast from the media or something else instead of food then in the fourth paragraph of the prayer say, “As I fast from ______ I feast with joy…”
[i] Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4
[ii] Hebrews 4:7, 12
[iii] Romans 8:11, John 14:26
[iv] Matthew 6:16-18, Psalm 78:24-25, John 6:35, 48
[v] John 17:21, 4:34, Isaiah 58:5-7
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Bill Gaultiere, PhD & Kristi Gaultiere, PsyD ~ Soul Shepherding ~ Irvine, CA