Fasting—abstaining from eating (and sometimes drinking)— is a spiritual practice of many traditions, including our Jewish ancestors and Christians through the ages. Christians often practice fasting the season of Lent. In fasting, we let our bodies get hungry to help us be more aware of our hunger for God. Read more about why Christians fast as well as some guidance for those new to fasting in this article by Valerie Sansing. She is a United Methodist pastor in Austin, Texas. She defines fasting as “abstain(ing) in some significant way from food and drink. But there is much more to it and many many ways to do it for spiritual nurture.
Do you ever practice fasting as part of your spiritual life? Why? How do you do it? Let us know what you think — there are lots of ways to pray via fasting and we love to learn from others.