“And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.” Mark 2:19-20 (NKJV)
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fast.” Matthew 17:19-21 (NKJV)
The discipline of fast is very interesting but the manner at which we break it is where the problem lies. Though, fast is very enjoyable, it is noted that breaking the fast, if it is done in a wrong way, may be very painful and, a times, cause damages to our systems. In view of these, l have decide to spell out the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of breaking fast.
What is fast.
➡️ Deliberate abstinence from physical gratification. Psa. 35:13.
➡️Going without food for a set time to achieve a greater spiritual goal.
➡️Intentionally denying the flesh in order to gain a response from the spirit.
➡️Renouncing the natural in order to invoke the supernatural. Dan. 9: 2-23
TYPES OF FASTS
1. Absolute or total fast( fast without food throughout)
2. Partial fast. ( breaking daily for a period of time)
Nature of fast.
1. Long fast ( from 7 to 14, 21, or 40 days.)
2. Short fast. (1-3 days)
Preparation for fast.
It depends on the nature of the fast being embarked on and your physical capability in term of age and strength.
A week before you embark in a long fast (14 days upwards) eat very small quantity of meals daily and abstain from sugary foods and caffeine to prepare yourself for total fast. Abstaining from sugary food in preparation for your long fast period would safe you from headache and joint pains in the first few days of the fast.
What to eat while BREAKING.
No big deal when the fast is just for 1-3 days. This also applies to a fast that is not absolute no mater the number of days.
When engaging in a long absolute fast,
➡️Make sure you drink adequate water every day. Your body systems need more water while fast than when you are not.
➡️If you develop sour throat during a long absolute fast, it indicates that your body lacks VITAMIN-C. Then, you need to drink orange liquid or any other fruit juice rich in vitamin. Fresh fruit juice is highly recommended please.
➡️For those in Nations with the extreme cold weather of Winter, for no reason at all should you fill your stomach with cold substances. Abstain totally from drinking cold liquids. Your body must be kept warmth all the time. You should therefore make sure you take hot liquid in the evening; preferably warm water or GREEN TEA.
Breaking long absolute fast (from 21 days and above)
➡️For at least 5 days, DO NOT TAKE SOLID FOOD.
➡️Avoid any form of food with hot pepper and salt while breaking a long fast. Peppery and salty food will give you a serous stomach disorder.
➡️Please break slowly, don’t obey the grumbling and demand of your stomach for more food: during the first five days, give at least 10 Hours interval in-between the soft meals you are breaking with. This will save your stomach from disorder. Avoid these meals for at least 10 days: Cooked Beans with or without oil, Yam Porridge and Green Vegetable Soup. Like Peppery and salty food, they may give you stomach disorder if taken In breaking a long fast.
Don’t worry about the physical weakness and weight reduction – Psa. 108:24. It is natural, but don’t be tempted to do any vigorous assignment during the breaking process.