It is day 5 of the Daniel Fast (a partial 21 day fast- no meat, sugar, chemicals in short–Daniel only ate vegetables and water) at Christ Tabernacle. I tried to explain in my own words to a friend “why fast?” In his book FASTING, Jentezen Franklin, quoted the Book of Mark and spoke of the strong braided cord of giving, praying and fasting. I spoke of it as a ‘restraint’ – a yogic word, which does not frighten me, but turned her off. Then I had to say, well the Church is not saying restraint, I am!
I was very inspired by a day long fast a few weeks ago, it helped me to think about hunger and need and I have yet to find a way to ‘feed people and love people’ the way I heard the words of Neem Karoli Baba.
Restraint makes you step back a moment and reflect–on need vs. desire, on the plight of others in other places and times. It makes me aware that I am very addicted to caffeine, that I am careless about the way I eat, and that this awareness feeds me because it will encourage the right thing in me, making me a better vessel to serve the Beloved.