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do you get hungry when you fast?
So many times have I attempted to fast and been unsuccessful because my gut overruled my mind. Then I realized that perhaps I was going about it all wrong. It is true that there must be an order to go about this sacred duty, this hallowed parogative that enables us to grow closer to our Father in Heaven.
The need for the children of God to fast comes at great worth to the soul and to the psyche. It's worth, to enhance that spirituality that we so desperately need to repel the evils of the world that encompass us.
The ten steps
in order to see the fast to the end here are some guidlines to help along the way.
1. plan ahead: start by conditioning your body to be able to endure the sacrifice by avoiding unhealthy foods.
2. Have a goal in mind: choose a particular purpose for the fast that is worthy of the sacrifice ie,.. ( for a loved ones healthy recovery, to enquire which house to buy, to overcome an adiction, ect.)
3. Start with a prayer: tell the Lord exactly what your purpose is and ask for his guidance.
4. Direct your thoughts, words, and actions towards keeping the spirit.
5. Abstain from eating at least two meals.
6. study the scriptures: they are replete with powerful messages that edify the soul, and center your thoughts towards things spiritual.
7. Pay a generous fast offering: use whatever money that you would have used to buy the food for those two meals and give it to your Church.
8.attend your church meetings.
9. ponder and meditate.
10. end the fast with a private prayer.
feast upon the scriptures
So fill your bellies with scriptures and be strengthened with the inspired word of God;
And now my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the holy one of Israel, and partake in his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea come unto him and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and prayer, and endure to the end; and as the lord livith ye will be saved.
And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself? Behold I testify unto you that I do know these things whereof I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety? Behold I say unto you they are made known unto me by the holy spirit of God. Behold I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself that they are true; for the lord God has made them manifest unto me by his holy spirit; and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me.
Never the less the children of God were commanded that they should gather together oft, and join in fasting and mighty prayer in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God.
But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and they had the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with the power and authority of God.
And the church did meet together oft to fast and to prey; and to speak one with another concerning the welfare of their souls.
But remember that that on this, the Lords day, thou shalt offer thine oblations and thy sacraments unto the most high, confessing thy sins unto thy brethren, and before the Lord. And on this day shalt thou do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy fasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy joy might be full.
Also I give unto you a commandment that ye shall continue in prayer and fasting from this time forth.
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thy alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you they have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thy alms may be in secret; and thy father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
Moreover when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou when thou fastest annoint thy head and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy father which is in secret: and thy father which is in secret shall reward thee openly.
Is this not the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye may break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungryand that thou bring the poor that are cast out of thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou will cover him; and tha that thou hide not thyself from thyne own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall spring forth speedily: and thy rightousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. Then shalt thou call and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry and the Lord shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light risein obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: And the Lord shall guide thee continuallyand satisfy thy soul in drought, and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.