Fast for 1 meal a week
for 7 weeks
Commit to fast for 1 meal a week for 7 continuous weeks. Fasting is a voluntary abstinence from something (usually food) for a season in order to make more room in one’s heart for God.
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that can help us sustain our spiritual life. During Lent, the discipline of fasting helps us to grow in our awareness of God and our hunger for him. When we experience some form of bodily deprivation, we are reminded that it is God who ultimately sustains us and provides for us.
Do this by choosing any 7 continuous weeks within the year. We highly recommend fasting during the Lent season (17 February, Ash Wednesday - 3 April, Holy Saturday) or 7 weeks (21 June - 9 August) leading to National Day. Fasting during the above seasons are meaningful as we reflect on the cross of Christ during the Lent season and pray for our nation leading to National Day.
Plan and decide on the day of the week and the meal (breakfast or lunch or dinner) you want to fast. It is preferable to keep to the same day for 7 weeks. We suggest that those who are familiar with fasting and are able to fast longer, to fast one full day (i.e. fasting 3 meals) a week.
When you fast, the time otherwise spent on eating may be used to meditate on Scripture and to pray. Here are some suggested passages for meditation during the fasting: 1 Thess. 1: 1-10, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, 1 Thess. 5: 1-11, 1 Thess. 5:16-24, 2 Thess 1:1-12, 2 Thess. 2:13-17 and 2 Thess. 3:1-5.
Please see the article in Chapter 23 “Fasting For Spiritual Vitality” of Growing Deep in Faith by Rev Edmund Chan to better understand the exercise of fasting (Appendix C).
We encourage you to find a friend or your spouse to fast with you. This will make your fasting experience more enriching as you can pray and share with your friend or spouse.
In addition to fasting from meals, you may also consider abstaining from social media or handphones etc.
Please contact Asst Ps Gift Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org).