Results Secrets To My 40 Day Fast
What an amazing discovery I’ve made by fasting. If you don’t understand why a person would fast for one or two days, much less do a forty day fast, then you may question the sanity of anyone who tries it.
This isn’t about converting anyone to my way of thinking, or getting anyone else to fast. On the contrary. Its simply showing you a new recipe for clarity of mind and finding more peace without even meditating.
Could you use a little more peace in your life? If so, read on.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about one-third of American adults are obese. They find obesity, diabetes and other disorders and diseases are on the rise because of our processed foods. This information alone makes me want to fast.
Processed foods are boxed, bagged, canned or jarred foods. If you look at the ingredients listed on the back of the packaging, you’ll soon realize you’ve got no clue what any of it means. Processed foods have synthetic vitamins and minerals to make up for the natural foods that aren’t in it. This is suppose to “enhance” the nutritional value. Rest assured, there is very little, if any at all, nutritional value. Instead, these same foods deplete our minds and bodies of their ability to process and function. As a result, our taste buds (and our children) are addicted to strong flavors, salt, sugar and other synthetics and chemicals that overload and shut down our systems.
What does any of this have to do with my 40-day fast? A great deal actually. Processed food began to dominate my daily activity. Fifteen times, in one day no less, I found myself thinking about going to the cabinets to stare at the junk food behind the white doors. I say “stare” because I was deciding which chip, cookie or cracker I’d indulge in first. Most times I’d simply walk away, knowing how unhealthy it was – BUT – that didn’t stop me from getting up fifteen times to stare at it. Weird right?
If I’m going to be fully honest with you, I must share that it was God who got me to notice this issue first. I’ve probably done it for years and not even noticed it. I ran a business out of my home, but this particular day I heard these words in my spirit, “Food is dominating your time with me.”
I was shocked at first. I tried to ignore it until I got on line and listened to one of my associates say, “Food has been dominating my life!” Whaaaaat?? I couldn’t believe it. I knew right then that God was speaking absolute truth to me and I needed to listen.
The next thing I noticed later, that same morning, was all the sales and marketing taking place on my social media pages and in my email inbox. I had become completely addicted to business ventures. In 2012 I tried to pull away from business to do what God was asking me to do, but my heart was still tied to something other than God. Today – it stared me in the face like a bright orange neon sign. “Stop doing business!”
There were two questions that came into my mind.
- Why had I allowed these things to dominate me?
- How would I let them go and pay more attention to my relationship with God?
The answer to the second question came in an instant.
“Fast from these for 40 days.”
So as non-glamorous as these sound, I chose to fast in order to remove the distractions from my life that took me away from God.
Where to begin…
On day one, I felt completely alone and hungry. I promised God I would stay away from all business and junk food. I would also only eat two meals a day. I knelt to pray and asked him to teach me how to get to day forty, even though I had only begun day one. I opened my Bible to the book of Matthew. I had the heater on in my room and when I laid on the floor next to the warm air, the pages flipped open to chapter 6. If you’ve not read it you’ve got to do so. It speaks about 3 ways to be righteous in God’s eyes. To give in secret, to pray in secret, and to fast in secret. Now I was really excited!
On day two, God wakes me up at 4 am, which is quite normal as I talk to him, read or write, and often listen to the Bible on my phone at that hour. I shared with him that I didn’t want to do this alone, meaning without a friend to support my desire to learn more about how to become the word, not just read it. What happened next was astounding to me.
I’d been working on the internet for years, selling my own coaching programs, writing books and teaching others how to do the same. Since I was use to being on line, I mentioned to others what I was about to do and why. To my delight, two friends wanted to join me. I was really excited about this, that is until I found out they were going to do it to lose weight rather than grow closer to God. I wanted people I could pray with and maybe study scripture with. After all, isn’t that the point behind fasting?
So I went to Facebook and this time asked if there were any “prayer warriors out there who wanted to join me in a 40-Day Fast.” That’s when I began to see results. Two people joined me inside the group I named, Prayer Warriors Of 2017. I was so excited to have others to pray with that I felt positive we could make mountains move!
Over the next few weeks I found myself devouring scripture, losing weight, no longer craving foods, drinking more water and doing live streams on Facebook. I stopped talking business and talked with God in my “secret place”, (which is my office) long before the sun came up. Then, every morning at 6:30 am est, I’d say good morning to those devoted to getting up at the crack of dawn and joining me live in our group.
A few more people joined the group, making twelve all together.
My husband and I even went out of town for one week and I couldn’t stand the thought of missing my 6:30 am “Rise and Shine” prayer warriors. More than that, I couldn’t wait to read more scripture. I loved sharing what it means to me, and especially when God unlocked some part of it that I didn’t understand. It got me out of bed in the morning ready and raring to go no matter where I was.
So I snuck out of bed at 4 am every morning to study and pray. I’d use the hotel room, the bathroom, the hallway and even read under my blankets with a flashlight, just like I use to do when I was a kid. It didn’t matter where I was, I was simply dedicated to being with my God and the Prayer Warriors.
As of today, week three, we have 37 men and women praising God and praying for each other. Its so awesome! What I see happening is that these believers are becoming a community. Talk about exciting! I had no idea how to make this work, but I didn’t have to. God made it work.
Results After 20 Days
Even though we’re only half way through it, I want to share my results.
- I am very clear headed now.
- I have heard the Holy Spirit speak to me while being in loud rooms as well as in my prayer closet.
- Visions and dreams became clearer.
- Scripture is now fun to read.
- People are in my life now that I never knew before the fast began.
- Healings are happening everywhere I go and there is no telling what God will continue to do in the next 20 days!
There is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that says, “We are always getting ready to live but never living.”
That’s how I felt for so long in my business. Always preparing to live, but never really living the way I wanted to even though I knew exactly how to run an exceptional business. Money, though a wonderful tool, no longer had a pull on my life.
During this 40 day fast I’ve learned to live exactly as I’ve always wanted to. In full view of God’s merciful love.
If you are considering a fast, or would just like to join a loving supportive group of prayer warriors, Click Here To Join. We’d love to welcome you.