Fasting for Answers
My family just participated in the monthly day of fasting in our church. To fast is go without food and drink voluntarily for a certain period of time, usually 24 hours. Fasting combined with sincere prayer can help us receive God’s blessings. A study presented to the American Heart Association in December suggests that regular fasting may have cardiovascular benefits. While I have experienced some health benefits to fasting, more often I fast for spiritual answers to my prayers, increased faith in Jesus Christ and to help others.
This time, as I prepared to fast, I considered the main struggles I am facing. Each seemed to have a connection to my overall emotional health and needs. Then, I opened my scriptures to Matthew 5:6 to prepare a church lesson for young children about choosing what is right. I received a renewed understanding that daily choices do matter. More importantly, I knew for myself that how I eat affects my emotional and mental state. I also learned that making some specific food choices would allow me to have an alert and clear mind to work through the other challenges I am facing.
And now, the most important part of receiving that inspiration will come today (and tomorrow and next week and next month) in actively using it.