But the problem was, it wasn't super-spiritual. I'm not even sure it was quasi-spiritual. Reflecting back, I can't think of one lasting (or even short-term!) spiritual benefit that I derived from that time.
However, I've fasted twice this year (just skipping breakfast and lunch) and seen some huge spiritual benefits. Here are some reasons why:
- I fasted with other people. Both times there was a group of 6 to 10 other people that were also forgoing food for a set amount of time. The accountability and camaraderie were very helpful.
- During each fast I had specific prayer requests in mind. That way, any hunger I felt caused me to seek God in prayer. (And I get hungry on normal days, so I was seeking God early and often on these days!)
- I found the consistency of my prayers continued on later days when I went back to eating. Just one day started to develop the habit of constant prayer in my life.