Category Archives: Fasting for God

Fast Thinking: Thoughts Beyond Cognition

Fasting Minds Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.[Romans 12:2] The … Continue reading

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How to Eat to Live: Eating with Purpose

Eating with Purpose Even though he should live a thousand years twice over, but still not find contentment—do not all go to the one place? All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied. Ecclesiastes 6:6-7 As … Continue reading

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Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 7/7)

Fasting: Divinely Approved and Rewarded And this shall be to you a law for all time: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall practice self-affliction…For on this day atonement shall be made for you … Continue reading

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Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 6 of 7)

Fasting to Overcome Habits, for Solitude and to Chastise the Body Do you fast? Prove it by doing good works. If you see someone in need, take pity on them. If you see a friend being honored, don’t get jealous … Continue reading

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Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (part 5 of 7)

Fasting as a Catharsis, for Vows, and for Ritual Purification Fasting gives birth to prophets and strengthens the powerful; fasting makes lawgivers wise. Fasting is a good safeguard for the soul, a steadfast companion for the body, a weapon for … Continue reading

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Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 4 of 7)

Fasting for Discipline, for Protection against Lust and for Humility Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and … Continue reading

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Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 3 of 7)

Fasting for Guidance, for Help in Prayer and for Physical Healing Under special difficulties, or when in great need of, or great longings after, any particular mercy, for yourself or others, set apart a day for secret prayer and fasting by … Continue reading

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Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 2 of 7)

Fasting for Repentance, to Petition God and for Refuge So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer. [Ezra 8:23 (NIV)]. 4.  Evidence of Repentance and Contriteness of Heart. Teshuvah in Hebrew and tauba in Arabic describe … Continue reading

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Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 1 of 7)

Fasting to Obey God, for God-consciousness and for Purification Fasting is primarily an act of obedience by which we seek to please God. We are asked to fast in every major religion. Since we believe God requires fasting of us, we … Continue reading

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A Rumi Belly: Ruminations on a Fasting Stomach

Rumi’s Fasting Stomach What hidden sweetness is found in this empty stomach! Man is like a lute, neither more nor less. When the lute’s stomach is full, It cannot lament, whether high or low. If your brain and stomach burn … Continue reading

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