Suggestions for one day fast?

I hate to even mention it because fasting should be done in secret. But I’d like some feedback from people so I hope I don’t get struck by lightning or anything.

I will have a day by myself in September and would like to fast for a day. However, the main thing I will be fasting from, if that’s the right way to put it, is electronics.

A food fast could have consequences for days afterwords for me for various health reasons. Also, I’m not that into food. Eating is more of a chore for me. I’d be happy just eating one or two meals a day. I eat six small ones partly for health reasons. So lack of food isn’t that big of a deal but I’m considering a food fast of some sort.

Lack of internet, computer, TV however is a different story. So I would like to do without these things for a day. Yikes.

I basically want a day concentrating on God by various obvious means. I’m not looking for direction, a revelation from God, an experience etc. I want to let God enjoy having someone pay more attention to Him for a day and enjoy me enjoying Him.

Since I’m not experienced with fasting I’m asking for any suggestions you have. Are there certain portions of the Bible that you benefit from when fasting? Anything you do to take a break from the concentrated reading and praying? Or anything else.

4 Responses to “Suggestions for one day fast?”

  1. 1 Peter M. Lopez

    In the past, when I have fasted, I’ve devoted the time I would otherwise spend eating to praying, Bible reading, etc. The only advice really would be (1) be humble, even though you’re the one fasting, it’s still about the Big Man upstairs – I know you know this, but still…, (2) be open, don’t put God in a box, I think sometimes we do something or pray for something and we get out of it no more than what we expect when God will give us so much more if we don’t settle for less, (3) be expectant, expect great things to happen, not just on that day, but for days, months, and years to come.

  2. 2 brian

    what peter said…  😉

  3. 3 Brenda

    I think my addition would be say to plan some time in just for resting. Most of us have such busy lives that fasting can be another thing that we do – we come to God with a plan and a set of goals – and when that happens it’s not always to easy to slow down long enough to ask if our goals are entirely in line with God’s goals.

    And if you plan ahead of time to do some resting, recognizing that this might be part of the listening process, you won’t feel guilty about possibly not using the time well (one of my difficulties) – and hopefully resting would be an opportunity just to remember and relax in how much God wants what is good for you.

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Peter and brian, maybe I should call it A Day With The Lord or A Day For The Lord. To be truthful, I don’t expect anything and I’m not praying for anything other than my usual stuff. It’s a day concentrating on God. Whatever he’d like to do is fine but I give it to him as Peter’s #1 says.

    Brenda thanks for the advice. If I can be stereotypical, a man would probably be even more likely to want to get a whole bunch of stuff done. So i will guard against that. I don’t think I would have thought of that.


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