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Two weeks ago I was desperate to free myself from certain persistent, sinful acts that enslaved me for a long time. I could not talk to anyone about it and decided, for the very first time in my life, fast and pray to the Lord for help.

I read on the net about how it was done and decided on a 1 week period, eating only after 6pm. I made daily prayer points on which I prayed on at any possible idle time I get and a 1 hour prayer from the 5pm hour. I took water alone when I felt hungry, in fact I had to take a glass of coconut juice on the 4th day.

I would thank the Lord each day for the strength he gives me for such an exercise because the hunger hits me very hard especially at 4pm everyday. Most often I had to struggle with my mind to keep off the expectation of the evening meal. I took juice around 6:15pm before the meal.

I could, for the first time, pray for more than 20 minutes, in tears and throat pain, with the solemn sound of worship songs on the background. Honestly, I'd love to do this again due to the inner peace and discipline I felt, but I would love to do it better especially with the food and hunger where I felt I could have done better. Did I do anything wrong? What must I consider when fasting, how can I handle my mind and food?

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closed as too localized by hammar, ryan, Marc Gravell Apr 11 '12 at 20:04

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There are a couple of close votes on this, which I assume relate to the fact this is a: requesting personal pastoral advice (off topic), and b: touches onto medical areas, which is both off-topic and actively dangerous for anyone to advise on except perhaps a medical doctor. Personally I'd say: seek council from a doctor, maybe in combination with speaking to a preacher of your choice if that helps you. Don't put your health in jeopardy. – Marc Gravell Apr 11 '12 at 20:01
@MarcGravell dead on. – wax eagle Apr 11 '12 at 20:07
@Marc alright, agreed. But could I ask of anyone's experience in relation to it, or you suggest I delete it? – Nok Apr 11 '12 at 20:13
I'd prefer a local site-admin like @waxeagle comment on that, but my view: it isn't a good fit for the site, and runs a risk of being a "slippery slope" example ("but this one was ok... why not mine?") – Marc Gravell Apr 11 '12 at 20:15
To add a bit here. 1. don't trust anything you read about religion on the net. consult with your pastor, or a mentor or someone. 2. fasting while a potentially beneficial sprititual practice also can be taxing physically and should not be undertaken lightly (if you are in poor health consulting with a physician is probably a good idea). This seems like something that is very much on the edge of pastoral advice which is squarely off topic. – wax eagle Apr 11 '12 at 20:29

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