|What is fasting?
|Fasting is total or partial abstinence from food. A fast can also be
abstinence from a habit or behavior. The rest of this web page will
focus on fasting from food|
|What is abstinence?
|Abstinence is refraining from some external action.|
|What is the purpose of fasting for believers?
|Fasting is usually done for one or more of the following reasons:
|disciplining the flesh|
|repenting from sin|
|focusing on a prayer need|
|starting a new life discipline|
|When is fasting to take place?
|The Episcopal Church has two days that are specially set aside for
fasting: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.|
|Fasting can be done any other day or time period of the year. Pray for
guidance before undertaking a fast. A fast is not to be undertaken
lightly, but for good reason.|
|How is a fast to be done?
|Fasting can be done in a number of different ways:
|no food, any liquid okay|
|no food, water only|
|no food except salad, any liquid or water|
|can fast a single meal|
|can fast for a day|
|can fast for multiple days|
|What are some of the dangers of fasting?
|Fasting can be misused for selfish ends:
|to get things from God|
|as a substitute for genuine repentance|
|as an end in itself, a mere duty|
|to show our religiosity before others|
|Fasting can be dangerous if you have a medical problem. Consult
with your doctor if you have any concerns about fasting.|