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Resource: Fasting as a Spiritual Practice

Call to Prayer
1. Thursday: (9am) Morning Prayer | Love in Action
2. Thursday: (12pm) Midday Prayer | Racial Justice
3. Thursday: (3pm) Afternoon Prayer | Praying for The Parish
4. Thursday: (6pm) Prayer of Examen
5. Resource: Fasting as a Spiritual Practice

Fasting has been a part of the Judeo-Christian tradition for millenia. We see it used throughout the bible. In fact, Jesus began his ministry with forty days of fasting! Fasting is used for a variety of reasons, one of those reasons being to empty ourselves so to focus more intently on God.

This week, the Parish invites those who are willing and able to join us in fasting as we seek to empty ourselves to hear more clearly from Him. You may choose to fast for portions of the three days of our Prayer Gathering, or you may choose to only fast for the Thursday portion as originally mentioned.

As always, it is up to you and the Father what your fast will look like. Maybe it’s a fast from shopping, checking social media, or a meal. As you subtract something from your life, add God into that moment. Use that time with and for Him. 

If you’re having trouble identifying what to fast from, try asking yourself the following: 

When you feel empty or restless, what do you do to try and fill the emptiness? 

Spend time with this answer. Listen for God’s nudging.

Further Resources on Fasting

Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, by Adele Calhoun

Celebration of Discipline, chapter 4, by Richard Foster

Soul Feast, chapter 5, buy Marjorie Thompson

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