As we seen when looking at quiet time, ‘if we fail to plan, we plan to fail’. Today we will continue preparing to fast. Yesterday we covered preparing ourselves spiritually and setting out goal for the fast. Something else which is really helpful is to plan our days.
For maximum spiritual benefit, we want to set aside ample time to be alone with the Lord and listen for His leading. There is no point fasting one thing, to be distracted by another. We need to use our time to spend time with God, the more time you spend with Him, the more meaningful your fast will be.
Below is an example of how a day fasting might look.
- Begin your day in praise and worship.
- Read and meditate on God’s Word.
- Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you to will and to do His good pleasure according to Philippians 2:13.
- Invite God to use you. Ask Him to show you how to influence your world, your family, your church, your community, your country, and beyond.
- Pray for His vision for your life and empowerment to do His will.
- Return to prayer and God’s Word.
- Take a short prayer walk.
- Spend time in intercessory prayer for your community’s and nation’s leaders, for the world’s unreached millions, for your family or special needs.
- Get alone for an unhurried time of “seeking His face.”
- If others are fasting with you, meet together for prayer.
- Avoid television or any other distraction that may dampen your spiritual focus.
Dr. Julio C. Ruibal – a nutritionist, pastor, and specialist in fasting and prayer – suggests that a dietary routine is also vital. Below is an example of a daily schedule he created to help people while on a juice fast and list of juices you may find useful and satisfying.
- 5 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Fruit juices, preferably freshly squeezed or blended and diluted in 50 percent distilled water if the fruit is acid. Apple, pear, grapefruit, papaya, watermelon, or other fruit juices are generally preferred. If you cannot do your own juicing, buy juices without sugar or additives.
- 10:30 a.m. – noon – Fresh vegetable juice made from lettuce, celery, and carrots in three equal parts.
- 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Herb tea with a drop of honey. Avoid black tea or any tea with caffeine.
- 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Broth made from boiling potatoes, celery, and carrots with no salt. After boiling about half an hour, pour the water into a container and drink it.