Fasting for Answers

“Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?”

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.

1 Comment

  1. e-Mom
    Mar 11, 2009

    Thanks for sharing! God knows what we need, and fasting seems to have a myriad of benefits. :~D

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