Want ideas for spiritual fasting and spiritual growth? In this post, we talk about creative fasting ideas and share a simple 21 day fasting plan for spiritual growth.
The month of January is paved with good intentions. We want to start the new year off right; after all, it’s a clean slate and a fresh start. We set goals and resolutions, make plans to purge the mess from our homes, reorganize rooms, attempt to make healthy food choices and exercise, and commit to grow deeper in our walk with the Lord. Many of us try a new Bible reading plan or resolve ourselves to more consistent prayer time.
One thing we personally do is use the month of January as a focused time of prayer and fasting.
Did you know fasting doesn’t have to be about ONLY abstaining from food for a set time period? One purpose of fasting is to deny our fleshly desires and, instead, increase the focus on growing our spiritual man. There are many ways we can do this.
Here is a creative three week fasting plan for you to try as you seek to hear from Him in a more powerful way!
21 Day Spiritual Fasting Plan
Week 1: The Media Fast
Refrain from personal (not work-related) use of media, such as social media, TV, movies, and radio. Instead, use that time to read your Bible, pray, contemplate on God, encourage someone else, etc. Shut out some of the outside noise and listen for Him.
Week 2: The Daniel Fast
This is a fast (inspired by a passage in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament) where you avoid “pleasant” and heavy foods. I’ve written several detailed posts about this fast. Start by reading this one.
Week 3: “Build-Your-Own” Fast
Use your prayerful discretion here; you may choose to fast from all food for a 24-hour period, fast from your favorite food for the week, fast from food from sun-up to sundown for five days, fast from sugars and other sweeteners, continue The Daniel Fast, continue the media fast, etc. This is entirely up to you! Do whatever you think will be meaningful to your spiritual life.
Have you ever integrated a time of fasting into your spiritual life? The benefits are not only spiritual growth, but increased focus on the things of God, greater awareness of His purpose for your life, and more peace in your heart. Often, you’ll find physical benefits as well, such as decreased anxiety and possible weight loss. Of course, this isn’t a reason for spiritual fasting, but it’s an extra, and often welcome, result of this 21 day fasting plan.
Go in grace today,
P.S. For ideas about how to integrate creativity into your prayer time, be sure to check out my post 4 Simple Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life.