There is a new fasting idea that has come to me over a period of years that I am trying to understand and practice it as I go along and it is the Fasting of the Senses.
I first started this practice several years ago when processing a teaching remark by Mike Bickle that he called “living a Fasted lifestyle.” It just means we should be careful and moderate with all things. Though Mike was referring more toward physical things, the concept is the same for the senses.
This is my Fasting of the Five Senses ideas:
Fasting of Taste: this is fasting of the Tongue in what we say, how we say it and what we mean. It is also fasting of the taste for excess food and drink. Learning to bless others with our tongue.
Fasting of the Ear: to be careful what we hear. Learning to fast from wrong messages, noises, gossip, slander, and criticisms especially from TV, movies, radio, music, Internet and spiritual voices.
Fasting the Nose: to first of all … keep it out of other people’s business. To fast from smells that cause over eating, over stimulation or desires for harmful habits. Learning to breathe deeply through the nose and release it.
Fasting the Eye: to fast from harmful viewing habits. Learning to use the eyes for reading, watching nature, paying attention to mates and children, paying attention to detail in little things.
Fasting the Touch: learning to be careful what we touch concerning money, or things that do not belong to us, or trying to do too much. It is learning ‘hands off’ on many things. Don’t touch what isn’t ours to touch.
I am finding these are valuable fasts.
“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious.” Jesus