Can fasting renew your spiritual life? Can fasting detoxify your body and create a place for healing? I truly believe it can. I have only truly fasted one time and wow God spoke so clearly to me. He spoke and directed our plans for a trip to Eastern Europe. I spent weeks struggling to identify God’s plan for a family mission trip. Nothing I came up with seemed feasible or made any sense. Then I fasted, just one whole day. By that evening I felt weak but was able to sit and study God’s Word with clarity. I had doubts if God’s plan was truly clear to me when it transpired but after gaining confidence of our final decision, God then revealed to me perfect truth about his plan. And even today we are seeing the fruition of this plan He revealed the day I fasted.
Tomorrow I plan to fast again . Life invited some new messy chaos back into our lives, job insecurity. So many fears and doubts. During my bible study today, God revealed Romans 6:12-14 to guide my thoughts. “Throw yourself wholeheartedly and full-time – remember, you’ve been raised from the dead! – into God’s way of doing things. Sin can’t tell you how to live. After all, you’re not living under that old tyranny any longer. You’re living in the freedom of God.( The Message). Amen. I am praying for further peace and clarity as I fast tomorrow. My plan for tomorrow: first of all I googled “fasting”, it’s been at least 6 months since my first fast. Actually that first “fast” I did not search for guidance, just set out on my own. When I googled “fasting” , up popped the “Personal guide to fasting” by Campus Crusade for Christ. Nice material. And guess what, they shared some ideas for juicing. According to their data, while fasting, try to drink fruit juices in the morning and vegetable juices in the evening hours. Avoid orange and tomato juices. I will attach a couple of their recipes.
One gallon distilled water
1-1/2 cup lemon juice
3/4-cup pure maple syrup
1/4-teaspoon cayenne pepper.
The lemon juice adds flavor and vitamin C, the maple syrup provides energy, and the cayenne pepper — an herb — acts to open small blood vessels which, I believe, helps the body as it cleanses itself of stored toxins. (A word of caution: although I use this formula with no ill effects, cayenne pepper could cause severe physical reactions in persons with a specific allergy to this herb.)
My favorite juice is a mixture of 100% pure white grape juice and peach juice. The juice is available in frozen cans under the Welch label. Most knowledgeable nutritionists recommend:
- Watermelon — just put it in the blender without adding water
- Fresh apple juice
- Green juice — blend celery, romaine lettuce, and carrots in equal proportions. (Vegetable juices like this one are important, for they supply the electrolytes necessary for proper heart function!)
Some nutritionists recommend warm broth, especially if you live in a colder climate. You may find their recipes helpful:
- Boil sliced potatoes, carrots, and celery in water.
Do not add salt.
After about a half-hour, drain off the water and drink.
- Gently boil three carrots, two stalks of celery, one turnip, two beats, a half head of cabbage, a quarter of a bunch of parsley, a quarter of an onion, and a half clove of garlic
Drain off the broth and drink up to two or three times daily.
You may find the following daily schedule helpful during your fast. I recommend you print it and keep it handy throughout your fast.
- 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Fruit juices, preferably freshly squeezed or blended, diluted in 50 percent distilled water if the fruit is acid. Orange, apple, pear, grapefruit, papaya, grape, peach or other fruits are good.
- 10:30 a.m. – noon
Green vegetable juice made from lettuce, celery, and carrots in three equal parts.
- 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Herb tea with a drop of honey. Make sure that it is not black tea or tea with a stimulant.
- 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Broth from boiled potatoes, celery, and carrots (no salt)
So, tonight I sleep. Tomorrow I plunge into the water . Wake up in the morning and ask God for clarity. Repent of your transgressions and begin a day full of surprises as you rely on the Holy Spirit physically and spiritually.