Monday, Aug 17, 2009

Fasting for Writing

Fasting is commanded in the Word of God. Jesus said, “when” you fast, not “if” you fast (Matthew 6:16-17). Yet fasting is virtually a lost practice among believers. As a result, we are missing out on tremendous power for fulfilling God’s destiny for our lives. 

Fasting not only cleanses the body and sharpens the mind; it also makes the spirit more sensitive to the voice of God. And if we are sensitive to God’s voice, we can better hear what He is saying to us about our writing. 

If you are facing a wall in your writing – whether in the actual writing or in the process of publication – try fasting. It may just give you the breakthrough you’ve been looking for.

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6 thoughts on “Fasting for Writing

  1. I never thought of fasting for writing. Now that you have given me a new perspective for this Christian custom, I understand how it can work – liberate me from my self-sabotaging thoughts, open my heart to hear God’s whispers and my mind to creative thoughts for my writing.

    Thanks for sharing your insight MayAnn.

    August 17, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    • You are welcome, Cheryl! 🙂 We usually don’t think of fasting in conjunction with writing, but fasting relates to every area of our lives.

      So glad this entry helped you. 🙂



      August 17, 2009 at 9:08 AM

    • Yes, Karen. Fasting is a powerful tool in discerning the direction of our writing. I’ve found that fasting helps when I’m not sure what direction to take with a story or article. When my flesh is subdued, my spirit can better hear what God is saying. 🙂

      August 18, 2009 at 9:09 AM

  2. This was great–! Too often I forget that fasting is a necessary component in our lives of prayer, and perhaps, it can be applied to the process of writing as well. Thank you for this blessed reminder.

    August 18, 2009 at 9:08 AM