It really does work for me. The Bible, in Matthew 6:18 says, "so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
and Matthew 6:16 says, "When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full."
Remember that when you do this, fasting and prayer work together. I make it a habit that when I get hungry while fasting, I pray. I simply tell God how wonderful He is and ask Him to take my hunger from me and to help me lose the extra weight I have gained.
No problem, I pray that this will work for you and anyone else willing to try it. After all, who doesn't wish to honor God and I know most people wish they could lose atleast a little weight. What better way to do both at the same time!
Jay, I agree that fasting is so important, but I was wondering, would fasting with the mindset or goal of losing weight carry a double intention? I mean, would it be good to fast with the lone intention of fasting for the sake of allowing God to speak and work, and not so much focus on losing weight? I don't know if I am wording it right, but I mean fasting is taking our minds off of ourselves and on God isn't it? (an honest seeking question, no bad intentions, promise.)
That's a valid question. It all depends on your mindset at the time. Yes, you are correct in saying that if you're fasting to lose weight, there are mixed priorities and it may not be glorious to God. However, if you fast knowing that you'll lose weight but your intention is to honor God by depriving yourself and focusing on Him, there wouldn't be a conflict.
So yes, you would need to make sure you're focusing only on God and not the fact that you'll lose weight when fasting. Good question! It's a point that I forgot to bring up.
Yeah, I knew that's what you meant, smile. One thing for sure, is that I have noticed that if I don't eat, then my body reacts to it. There are also health concerns involved. I have diabetes in my family history, although I personally do not have it, I am aware that if I fast, then I get a headache and also nauseous. I like to fast with other things, like say.... the television, movies, fast food, C H O C O L A T E, you get my point? :thumbs_up
Oh, me too! I have Hypoglycemia, so I'm supposed to eat 6 small meals per day. When I fast however, I only eat dinner and suffer throught the rest of the day. If I start to feel weak or sick to my stomach, I eat a couple of Tums and that makes the feeling less painful and sometimes takes it away all together.
God loves you so much and so do we. God has created u the way that you are. Have you tired weight watchers? You should try to get a membership at a heath center where you can work out. If you need anything please let me know.