When you mention the word fasting the first thing that usually comes to mind is absence of food, but fasting can literally be from anything, including by way of example:
- Video games
- Entertainment in general
- Telephone use
- Seeing (giving your eyes a rest)
- [enter what stimulates you here]
Jesus’ famous fast in the wilderness was from more than just food. He was also alone. For us that would mean fasting from most of the things in my above list. Many people forget that one of the original purposes of the Sabbath was a form of fasting from many of the stimulations of daily life. Rest is more than relaxation.
My father used to be a regular faster. He would fast once a month for at least three days and one day every week. During that period, he was robustly healthy and at 80 could walk both me and my brother in to the ground.
With that in mind I have begun investigating the idea of fasting, including from food, but also from other forms of stimulation. I am in investigation mode at the moment, but am looking forward to beginning June with some form of regular fasting.
I believe it is time to accede to God’s wisdom in calling myself to regular fasting.