I received an email question from a member of the congregation yesterday with a great question about fasting. Some questions that I received included:
- What are the “rules” for our Methodist tradition of fasting?
- Do I not eat at all for the 24 hour day?
- Do I not eat from sun up to sun down?
This is a great question. Thanks for passing it along. Here are a couple web resources that may be helpful:
I would also encourage you to read Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster which is a book that you can find in The Well bookstore at church. This book has very practical advice about fasting.
As a first step, I would encourage you to try fasting once a week on either Wednesday or Friday. These were days that Wesley fasted as a part of his practice of faith. You might try fasting for one meal first and then for two meals. Fasting for two meals would be a 24 hour fast.
Have you fasted? What spiritual disciplines have you found to be effective for your spiritual growth?