Fasting up to 21 days and often 40 days was often used in the late 1980s and 1990s as a way to refresh your spiritual awakening and commitment away from worldly pleasures and back toward God. Below are some of my notes from that time that reminded us it is good to know what would happen during the fast days:
Days 1 – 3 are the most difficult days for physical discomfort. There will be hunger pains as the body begins to rid itself of its toxins. A coated tongue and bad breath are normal as are headaches and withdrawal symptoms.
Days 4 – 5 may include weakness and dizziness as the hunger pains begin to subside. Resting is your best remedy.
Days 6 – 7 will find alertness returns, hunger pains will continue to diminish, and strength will return.
Days 8 – 10 will find hunger pains become minor, the toxins will be eliminated, and the concentration will be sharpened.
Days 21 – 40 will find that hunger pains will return signally the first stage of starvation because the body has used up all the excess reserves. When this occurs, the fast should be broken.
I have fasted up to 10 days, but never longer. What about you? Have you ever been part of a spiritual fast? What did you experience? Did you succeed at what you were fasting toward?
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