The Hunger is about to begin

January 30, 2009

My buddy here at NNU, Jeff Nicol and I have been toying with the idea of doing a fast. For those of you not familiar with what this is, fasting is a sometimes silly Christian tradition where one abstains from food for a given period of time and instead uses the hunger, and fills the time, with another activity designed to bring you closer to God.

In the past I have participated in group fasting for events like the 30 Hour Famine, during the 30 hours of which I learned about the great needs in areas of the world, and how the Bible directs Christians to respond to it.

This time it will be a little different. Jeff and I have formed a strange, but strong, bond in my time here at NNU. The idea for the fast originally came from Jeff. Him and I were sitting in the cafeteria talking about ideas to help further our relationships with God. This is the part that will scare you. Jeff wants to do a week long fast. A whole week! My previous max is 30 hours. Jeff has tried it on his own twice, but only lasted 2 days each time. This time when he tries it there is going to be support and purpose. We are going to be getting together probably during normal meal times and studying the book of Galatians. There are 6 chapters in Galatians so I figured it would be a good book to use, plus I read it last week and am intrigued by it’s contents. This fast is going to be hard, and I am not sure if I will be able to make it the full week, but I am going to try. My desire through this time is to definitely come closer to both God and Jeff.

Right now the plan is to start Monday February 2nd, and break our fast Sunday February 8th. If you support our actions, I ask you to please be in prayer for us as we attempt this fast. Pray for protection over our bodies, and growth and understanding of God and his word.

5 thoughts on “The Hunger is about to begin

  1. Mom (January 30, 2009)

    Wow, That is so cool. I will try to remember to pray for you both.

  2. TEAL (January 30, 2009)

    I really admire that, I have gone on short fasts myself. I really think it makes you really focus on God. I will keep you in my prayers.

  3. Alcane (January 30, 2009)

    That’s awesome dude! Yea, I’ve done them before and they’re great. Definitely shows you how much our actions are directed by how our flesh feels and how we need to often go against what it wants. Water will be your best friend during that time. Believe me. It helps to keep your stomach full even if it’s water, lol. And yes, you’ll have to take many trips to the bathroom. 😉 Anyways, I’ll be prayin for ya. And even if you fall and eat a cracker or something, just keep going! =D Right on man!

  4. Mom (January 31, 2009)

    I would not do a TOTAL fast, but a partial one. AND…..for heaven’s sake….drink lots of water!! If you get dehydrated we could be visiting you in the hospital.

  5. sarah (February 3, 2009)

    Anything God-directed will be blessed, but don’t let your passion overtake your wisdom. I will pray that God reveals to you what he wills.