Fasting and the Side effects

If you are participating in the fasting part of our 21 days of prayer then there’s a good chance that you are experiencing some of the side effects. I felt compelled (compiled for my good friend) to write about these side effects. I shared this morning that the purpose of our prayer and fasting is NOT to get GOD to change his mind or to somehow earn MORE of HIS LOVE. God is God and HE IS GOOD. He will never love us MORE than HE LOVES ME AND YOU RIGHT NOW. That’s good news too. He loves me and He loves you so much that He paid for ALL of our Sin with the death of His only Son Jesus who rose from the grave 3 days leaving my sin and your sin to rot forever. We ARE FREE!!! Galatians 5

Now let’s talk about side effects of fasting. Crankiness, tired, HEADACHE, hungry, soreness, dry mouth, along with many others. What are they and where did they come from?

Over the past year or longer you have trained your physical body to depend on certain items every day. Your body depends on these items and when it doesn’t get them as it has been trained, it begins to cry like a baby cries for a bottle. I am always amazed at how much habitual eating my body expects. Seriously, I’m really not hungry when I wake up but my body is used to the habit of me cramming food in and sipping coffee down that it screams withins a few minutes of me waking up. This is NORMAL. One of the NON Spiritual benefits of fasting can be taking control of our bodies and training them instead of letting them train us. Like all other training it takes hard work, pain, discipline, commitment, and accountability. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Think about if we fed our spiritual body through prayer and fasting at the same habitual level we feed our faces. That morning that you get up rushed through routine and half way to work you feel that spirit body scream “FEED ME” we pulled over and read some scriptures, or maybe we switched the radio station to K-love, or utter a few words of prayer for the person that just cut us off in traffic. Hopefully you get the point. The side effects we are experiencing are normal and we will NOT die without this food, coffee or drink we are abstaining from. It may feel like death but it really wont kill you. (PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY TOTAL FOOD FAST). Back to the side effects - they will get better. The headaches will go away, tiredness will convert to energy, foggy brain will turn to clarity and crankiness - well that will take the Holy Spirit’s help and He’s been waiting on this exact moment in time to do something radical in your life. Brace yourself!! It’s happening !!!

I would submit that most of us spend most of our days throughout the year neglecting our spiritual bodies because we create totally comfortable physical bodies. When we are hungry we eat. When we are tired we go to sleep. When we want something, most of us go buy it. This creates something called comfort. Without intention, this comfort can be dangerous be causing us to focus solely on our physical or tangible comfort forgetting about the intangible soul that it desperately thirsty and hungry. I would go as far to say that our soul is screaming for us to feed it but we cant hear the scream of our soul due to the volume of the cheers coming from our physical. Guess what - you might be reading this and thinking you have a million gaps in your physical needs and you are a lot of things but comfortable isn’t one of them. Yep, I’ve been there too. In this case it could be the volume of our complaints about the side effects that are overpowering the volume of our souls shout. OH SNAP - I’m talking to you aren’t I. I knew it when I wrote it that you would read it. Regardless of where you are, there is HOPE!!! Think about the time you gave your life to Jesus and unexplainably and uncontrollably you had tears flowing down your face? Or think about the time you were in Church and you made a recommitment to Jesus with some area of your life and those same tears were flowing? If someone had asked you why you were crying you would likely have NO explanation. Guess What - I have the answer. Those tears are coming from your soul. It’s the souls way of applauding, cheering and expressing gratitude for the food it just received.

I wanted to simply remind you that you can DO THIS! This 21 day season of prayer and fasting is perfect for you. Maybe you are reading this and you didn't join us on this journey - START NOW!! HERE are some details about fasting and we are meeting every Monday - Friday at 6 am & Saturdays at 8 am at the theater for 30 minutes of prayer.

Until then here are some ways to feed the soul!

Forgive someone
Serve someone
Give generously
Study Scripture
Connect in Healthy Relationships
Memorize Scripture
Invite people to Church - TRY IT (It is so refreshing)
Hold the door open for a stranger
Compliment others
TIP Big at the restaurant - doing this in the drive thru really freaks them out and feeds the soul
Work a few extra minutes at work
Pray for a enemy
Ask someone to forgive you
Take a walk and observe God’s creation
Go to Church
Sing a little louder in Church - ignore the people in front of you
Make a list of things you are thankful for
Make a list of requests you will pray about (yours and others)