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40 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Consecrate yourselves,

for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you…

–Joshua 3:5

 

 

Introduction

Get Ready for the Amazing Things

That God Will Do In Your Life

One day, a man lost his wife from a lingering disease.

Totally depressed and unwilling to live without his wife by his side, the widower decides to end it all. One morning, he left a suicide note, and went up the mountains. His plan was to starve to death. He would only allow himself to drink from the mountain streams, nothing else.

After a couple of weeks, the man noticed something. Though he had lost weight, he was not dying. On the contrary, he never felt healthier and stronger. Many ailments he suffered for years simply disappeared.

After a month, the man went down the mountain looking years younger. He eventually got married again and started a new family.

Go Up the Mountain of the Lord

Fasting—without prayer—has by itself incredible physical benefits.

But fasting without prayer is only 50% of the equation.

Imagine what Prayer and Fasting can do together. It’s a powerful force that will radically change your life.

And the story above is a great analogy of what happens to our souls.

For 40 days, I’m inviting you to also go up the “mountain of prayer” and drink only from the “streams of living water”. When you do that, you cleanse your soul of toxins and actually become stronger. And you’ll go down that mountain spiritually rejuvenated. You’ll also start a new “spiritual family” and beget new “spiritual children”!

Friends, I’m inviting you to 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting.

In one sentence, here’s our mission for this fast: We want to grow closer to God and receive all that He wants to give to us.

So starting Ash Wednesday all the way to Holy Saturday, as an entire Community, we want to empty ourselves from lesser things so that God can fill our lives with greater things.

I’m excited at the amazing things that God will do among us!

Miracles Happen When People Fast

 

Why am I excited?

Because from my experience, miracles happen when people fast.

For some reason, fasting makes us more expectant, more open, more trusting, more focused, more determined, and more sensitive to the Spirit—that more miracles happen when we fast.

I’ve seen how people have received healing, guidance, financial blessing, family blessing in their lives when they fast.

And entire communities get revived when they fast.

In the next few pages, I’ll explain to you how we’ll do the fast together…


Chapter 1

The 5 Big Blessings

of Prayer and Fasting

Fasting has many, many blessings.

But here are the five big ones you want to focus on and pray for…

Blessing 1:

Prayer and Fasting Bring You Closer to God

 

You will experience a spiritual revival.

When you fast, you’re telling God that He’s more important than food.

So instead of eating, you spend it in prayer, reading Scripture, writing your journal, before the Blessed Sacrament, reading Spiritual books…

It declares that you’re dead serious about pursuing Him because you’re crazy enough to say No to something as basic as food.

If you can say No to a very basic need, what else can you not do for the Lord?

You also gain discipline—something crucial for any kind of success in the world.

By learning to say No to small things, you’re able to say Yes to bigger things.

Friends, there are many, many blessings when we fast. But at the end of the day, God Himself is the greatest blessing of your fast.

Remember: If after you fasted, you experienced miracles and healing, but you didn’t grow closer to God—then your fasting would have been a failure.

Blessing 2:

Prayer and Fasting Unite You with the Poor

Every time I fast, I remind myself that this is the daily experience of 12% of the world’s population. Not because they’re fasting. But because they’re poor.

740 million people will sleep tonight hungry.

And out of those 740 hungry people, 30,000 will die of starvation.

Half of those 30,000 will be children.

Fasting shouldn’t just make me more spiritual.

Fasting shouldn’t just open me up for more blessings and miracles.

Fasting should also move me to love the poor in a more passionate way.

When I fast, I’m also committing my life to end their hunger and poverty.

After our 40-Day Prayer and Fasting, we should be more resolved as a people to love the poor of the Lord. To work in Anawim and our partnerships with He Cares and Gawad Kalinga. To do all that we can to serve God in His poor.

Blessing 3:

Prayer and Fasting Opens You to God’s Power

Years ago, I met an elderly man who was suffering from emphysema.

I noticed the symptoms. Even if we walked for just a few meters, I saw him catching his breath.

“Because of smoking?” I asked him gently.

“I stopped twenty years ago,” he said, “so partly, yes. But also because of my lazy breathing.”

I raised my eyebrow. It was the first time I heard of such a thing.

He knew I didn’t understand, so he went on, “My doctor isn’t your normal doctor. He’s an expert in alternative medicine. So he says that all these years, my breathing has been very shallow.”

After our conversation, I did some research. Obviously, it NEVER said that shallow breathing causes emphysema. But I learned one thing: It’s very important to regularly take deep breaths. Through regular aerobic exercise. (My old friend never exercised.) Through breathing exercises. Through meditation that uses breathing. And just by your usual morning stretches and inhaling a few times.

Deep breathing removes the toxins from your lungs. It also releases tension which affects your health.

Think about it. Just like you and me, this man had oxygen all around him 24 hours day. But he smoked, clogging his lungs so that it can’t absorb 20% of what he was inhaling. And to top it off, he breathed in a lazy way, decreasing again his oxygen intake.

Friends, that’s what happens with God’s Power.

God’s power is all over us, around us, above us, beneath us, and inside us.

But we do exactly the same thing: We clog our spiritual lungs and we’re lazy when we breathe in God’s power in our lives.

But Fasting is like Deep Breathing.

When you pray and fast, you’re inhaling a greater amount of God’s power into your life!

Fasting isn’t a bribe. “Lord, I’m fasting, so you better give me what I’m asking for!” That’s not how it works.

When you fast, God doesn’t change. You do.

You become more expectant, more open, more sensitive, more attentive.

So when you fast, you can pray for something specific in your life.

·wisdom for an important decision you need to make;

·freedom from a particular bondage;

·physical healing;

·family restoration;

·financial blessing;

·any miracle that you need!

I know many of you have already written down your seven dreams in your Novena to God’s Love. Pray for them in these our 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting.

Blessing 4:

Prayer and Fasting Cleanse Your Body

God wants us to take care of our physical bodies.

One way of caring for it is by fasting.

By relieving the body from the hard work of digestion, it focuses its energies on getting rid of the toxins we’ve piled up in our system from all the wrong food we’ve eaten. All the junk, the chemicals, the stuff that shouldn’t be in our body in the first place. These toxins weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to disease.

Your body, after three days of fasting, will also burn up and decompose diseased, damaged cells in your body. What a beautiful way to purge the bad!

If you fast, you’ll do some “house cleaning” for your own body, removing the toxins and diseased cells naturally—while blessing your soul at the same time.

Let me warn you, however: fasting isn’t a weight reduction program.

If you want to lose weight permanently, you need to change from an unhealthy diet to a healthy diet permanently. A 40-day diet won’t work. A lifetime change of diet, yes! So I repeat: Fasting isn’t the answer to a permanent weight loss.

 

Blessing 5:

Prayer and Fasting Empower Our Ministry

In the Bible, people fasted before they started their ministry or before a big change in their ministry. Moses did it. Elijah did it. Daniel did it. Esther did it. And Jesus did it.

Honestly, I feel our ministry is reaching a tipping point. In the next few years, we’ll see how our work for the Lord will grow by leaps and bounds.

So fasting will release God’s power in our ministry.

Because we need God’s anointing for the many things we’re doing. To name a four prayer intentions:

1.We’re growing our Central FEAST to three and four sessions

2.We’re planting weekly Local FEASTs all over the world;

3.We’re using more radio, television, and the Internet to share God’s love;

4.We’re expanding KerygmaFamily.com;

5.We’re aiming to raise more funds so that we can use 50% for evangelism and 50% for our ministries to the poor.

Yes, the 40-Day Prayer and Fasting will jumpstart our ministry.


Chapter 2

Commit to the

Fast You’ll Do

There are some people who can’t fast.

To name a few: Extremely thin individuals; Those suffering from anorexia or bulimia; persons with tumours, bleeding ulcers, cancer, blood diseases, and heart disease; pregnant and nursing mothers; Individual taking insulin because of diabetes and those suffering from hyperglycaemia. For the rest of you who are unsure, I strongly urge you to ask your doctor before you fast.

If you can fast, this is how we’ll do it as a community.

There are two parts of our 40-Day Prayer and Fasting.

Part One: Six Fridays prior to Holy Week.

Part Two: Holy Week itself.

I recommend a liquid fast during these six Fridays and during the entire Holy Week. Either a water fast or a juice fast, but I’m biased towards a natural-fruit-and-vegetable juice fast.

That’s it!

Note: Some of you may want to do more than this. That’s fine. There might be some of you who’d want to try a liquid fast for the entire 40 days. (I won’t recommend it unless you’ve been fasting before, taking seven-day fasts, 14-day fasts, and 21-day fasts…) Just consult your doctor if you’ll do any kind of extended fast.

Here’s a brief explanation of different kinds of fasts…

Option 1:

Water Fast

Jesus fasted for 40 days with water only fast. Once, I tried water only fast for five days—and it’s great—but can be too exhausting for some people. In a water only fast, toxins are released too abruptly and maybe too hard on the body. Saying all that, I know lots of people who do water only fast and did so successfully. The key is to drink lots of water.

Option 2:

Juice Fast

This, I believe, is the best kind of fast—from a physical health perspective. You only drink vegetable and fruit juices—to aid in flushing out all toxins and regenerate your body. As much as possible, get real vegetables and fruits that you mash and shred in a juicers. (This is a small kitchen gadget that you could buy.) What kind of vegetable and fruits should you juice? The best are fresh carrots, celery, lettuce, beet, grape, etc. Get a good juicing book from the bookstore and look under fasting. As a second option, you may use pre-packaged fruit and vegetable juices that you buy from the store, but it should be 100% juice—no added sugar. If you want to do a juice fast for 40 days, I recommend that you see a doctor just to get his go signal.

Option 3:

Bread and Water Fast

I know many persons who like this fast. They drink water and eat bread the whole day, nothing else. (Uh, not raisin bread and donuts, I’m sure.) In the Bible, Daniel fasted this way.

Option 4:

One-Meal-a-Day Fast

I’ve met people who miss breakfast, lunch, and just eat at 5 p.m. for dinner—and they do that for the forty days of Lent. (Each year, hundreds of millions of Muslims do this during their Ramadan.)

Friend, the choice is yours.

Pray to God what kind of fast He wants you to take.

I’ve not even listed here other forms of fasting that may be a great blessing to you: Fasting from TV, fasting from shopping, fasting from newspapers, fasting from negative thoughts…

Remember: From a spiritual perspective, your inner attitude is more important than what kind of fast you choose.

 

 


Chapter 3

How To Take a Fast

 

 

If you decide to take a liquid fast for seven days during Holy Week (or longer), please read the following five steps to have a great fast. If you’re not taking a Liquid Fast, then just read Step #3.

Step 1

Physical Preparation

If you’ll do any of the first two kinds of fasting above (water fast or juice fast), I strongly recommend that you prepare for it well. Start eating a softer diet three days before. Stop eating meat and focus more on fruits and vegetables. Reduce sugar intake—so you won’t crave for it during the fast. Lessen the quantity of your meals and drink at least 10 glasses of water everyday. Tip: When you wake up, drink two glasses of water already, and then drink a half-glass or a glass every hour after that.

Step 2

Begin Your Fast

The first two or three days of your fast will be the most difficult. You will feel hungry. Some people have headaches (perhaps withdrawal effects of not having sugar and caffeine), feel dizzy, have bad breath and bad odour. That’s the toxins coming out.

On Day Three or Day Four, you begin to feel better as your body finally shifts to cleansing mode—and stops complaining. You no longer feel hungry as before.

From Day Four to Day Seven, you’ll feel stronger and more alert. (And for many days after, should you decide to fast for more than seven days.)

I cannot emphasize this enough: Each day, drink 10 glasses of water.

Throughout their seven days of fasting, many persons can maintain their regular schedule of work and household chores. Others, however, need a lighter schedule. Listen to your body. You can take moderate walks as your exercise.

Step 3

Grow Closer to God

This is the main reason why you fast.

So instead of eating meals and snacks, pray.

Read spiritual books. Write your journal. Adore before the Blessed Sacrament. Go to Mass more often. Go to confession.

I recommend that you gather with other members of our community (who are also fasting) during lunch and dinner time—and pray together.

I recommend that during the six Fridays of Lent—while people are fasting—the various small groups and ministries of the community gather for prayer.

Bring to the Lord also your personal vision, the things that you want to happen to your life. Read this list each day.

And pray also for the intentions of the Community.

Step 4

Break Your Fast

If you fasted for seven days, take three days to adjust to real food. (If you fasted for more than seven days, you have to take more than three days to adjust as well.)

For example, break your fast by eating salads and fruits on the first day, add toasted bread on the second day, and add a small amount of steamed fish on the third day. No oils, dairy products, and meats during the adjustment period.

Your stomach is much smaller now, so stop before you feel full.

I strongly recommend that you rethink your lifelong diet at this time.

Many quit smoking when they fasted. Many experienced deep spiritual changes because of the fast. That’s my prayer for you.

Step 5

Adopt the Best Stuff into a Permanent Lifestyle

There are some things in the fast that I do as a lifestyle. They’re too good to limit only during fasting days. So I do them every day.

Like spending each day with prayer, journaling, and spiritual reading.

Like reading my vision statement each morning.

Like drinking lots of water every day.

And drinking vegetable and fresh fruit juices, and eating more salads. And not eating meat and focusing on fish for my protein needs.

Bless your body and bless your soul.

Have a great 40-Day Prayer and Fasting, my dear family.

You will be blessed.

 


Chapter 4

Commitment Prayer

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…

Ephesians 3:20
Lord, I Commit To 40 Days

of Prayer and Fasting

Be with me Lord as I start this journey of prayer with you. Most of all, I’m doing this because I want to grow closer with You. I want to become more like Jesus. I want to be more loving to the poor. Grant me a Spiritual Revival!

Second, I want to be more open to the amazing things that you will do in my life. Specifically, I’m praying for these Seven Dreams:

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3.

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5.

6.

7.

Third, I’m also praying for our Community’s dreams:

1. That our Central FEAST grows to 8,000 members;

2. That our weekly Local FEAST be held in 100 cities all over the world;

3. That kerygmafamily.com will be 100,000 members;

4. That our TV, Radio, and Internet Ministry will go global;

5. That we can start giving 50% of our Community Funds to our work for the poor;

6. That God will raise more servants in the Community;

7. That God will bless Bo Sanchez and all the servants of the Community.

I claim victory. Thank you for anointing me. Thank you for blessing me. Amen.

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For more information about Bo’s work or the Light of Jesus, you can call (632) 7259999 or log on at www.bosanchez.ph.

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75 Responses to “40 Days of Prayer and Fasting”

  1. i did the 7 day fast last year. and i am committing to do the 40 day fast this year. all for the glory of God! bro bo is right, after the fast, adapting the best part into my permanent lifestyle is worth everything.

  2. I commit to the 40-day fast this year.

  3. count me in

  4. count me in olso

  5. i will try the liquid fast or if i can’t the water and bread, but if i can’t also, i will go to one meal each day fast..!!.. hehehehe/….. maybe God will tell me what should i do…bless us God

  6. count me in my friends.

  7. Thanks for the invitation. I’ll join you!

  8. Hi! I’ve been doing the one meal fasting every Wednesday &/or Friday during Lenten Season. I will try to make it 40days this time. Bless us, O Lord.

  9. I was really planning to have a 40-day fasting myself. Thanks again for all the inputs…..You are God-sent talaga…..

    I’ll invite my friends as well.

  10. I’ll commit a 40 day prayer and fasting.
    May God help me do this. This is one way of giving me back all His blessings to me and my family.

  11. thanks for all the informations… i want to try a 40-day prayer & fasting to be more closer to God.

  12. Last year I joined the 7 day fast - eating plain bread and drinking water only. After the fast I decided to forgo pork and beef from my diet! It has been a year and I feel great. I commit to fast on all Fridays of Lent and during the Holy week and will try the liquid fast this time.
    Thanks Bro Bo for the inspiration! God bless us.

  13. Bro, Bo,
    I was realy intending to go on fasting .but i did not know how to do it thank you for the tips,i will try the bread n water first pray for me that i can finish till d end.
    God bless you

  14. count me in my friends

  15. This is to all who benefit from Bo Sanchez as I do. Am from Kenya in Africa and as you may have known we turned against each other after the elections and about a thousand lives have perished and more than 200,000 displaced from their permanent homes and businesses and lives destroyed. God appeared to have deserted us in our neediest moment, but I know for a greater good.
    My appeal is for prayers for our nation as part of your fast.

  16. Yes, we will be praying for all of you. God knows best why He allows these things to happen. Just hold on to Him who loves you most! God bless!

  17. Thanks for the invitation! I honor you Bro. Bo for being everything…I admire you alot!
    I will divide the 40days for One-Meal-a-Day Fast for the first 10days,Bread and water 2nd 10 days, Juice Fast 3rd 10 days and then Water fast for the last 10 days.
    May the good Lord bless and guide all of us to get closer to Him.
    God bless us! To god be the glory!

  18. A wonderful opportunity to be more closer to God…my first time to do it.I pray what kind of fast I will do for 40 days.
    God bless us all!

  19. Yes, I will try to fast for 40 days. This is so because I have a fast metabolism and low blood so help me God. A good opportune time to nourish the soul and love our body, too! Count me in!

  20. Wow, all you people rock…. Have never tried that before but think everything has a first time…
    Count me in to the fasting too!

    I cannot imagine how excited God is to see people like ya all, fired up for him and his work. Amen! N God bless!

  21. Thanks for the invitation. I will pray so God will lead me on how I will do it. But, count me in.

  22. Thanks Bo for the information on how to do the fasting. Please count me in. God’s blessings be with you and your family always.

  23. Thanks for the invitation. PLease count me in. I commit to the 40 day fast.

    God Bless!

  24. I usually fast every friday, and sometimes every wednesday, for the whole lenten season with water only until 3pm. At 3pm, i take a simple snack & full meal for supper. I have not tried the no food at all since I had ulcer before. Hope I can still do it this year since I’m undergoing treatment with gastritis. I know the Lord will lead me…
    Thanks Bro. Bo! God bless you & your family!

  25. i did fasting once.. great means of prayer.. even if i had to eat because i was reviewing for the board exams, i had to to it.. it was my deepest prayer coupled with hours in front of the blessed sacrament, in the chapel singing nd silent prayer.. GOD heard me.. i’m now a cpa with GOd’s blessings.. thank GOD!

  26. I commit for the 40-days of Prayer and Fasting all for God’s glory!

  27. No matter how small or big, how easy or difficult, how simple or complex our actions would be - let us always remember that God’s love will never change. His goodness and promises to us would remain. Prayer and Fasting would be one action which tells that ‘Yes, I believe in you God and I accept you to work in me now and through the rest life’.

    If I would really think about it, it’s a bit hard seriously. But not anymore. Thank God for allowing me to participate in this prayer and fasting for quite some time now. My prayers/petitions were answered really.

    God smiles :D

  28. i am planning to fast for 40 days not for the reason of trying to lose weight but because i want to show God how much i am willing to change myself for His sake. God bless us all.

  29. where can i get a copy of the Novena to God’s Love?

  30. GOOD DAY..
    i will try those tips in 7day fasting….and i hope i could passed…i know God will be beside me…:D thanks Mr. Bo….

  31. Never tried before to observe fasting religiously but thanks a lot Bro. Bo for your enlightenment. I think this is what I’m waiting for such a long long time. I need to refresh my body & soul. You’re such a real blessing. God bless you abundantly.

    Angie

  32. Hi Bro Bó,

    Thank you for your inspirational story. Now that i am starting to read your books, i feel so blessed, that there is nothing i should ask for..

    Please write an article that tackles how to face domestic obstacle in offices, say for the bosses, subbordinates, officemates, failure in marketing and the like, and so on…Thanx..

  33. Hi Bro. Bo, Yes, during Lent and everyday of our lives, may we carry our crosses, big or small ones, as we follow Jesus’ footsteps to Calvary. He Who is God was not exempted from suffering , so why should we? May we cleanse our souls through the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. ” In suffering , there is Joy.” for in suffering, we encounter Jesus!
    Pls. don’t count me in. I’ll just do what i can make, sa makaya ko lang , due to my hypertension and work. In my own little way, i’ll do my best, all for His greater Glory and Praise!
    Thanks once again for this enlightening article.
    God bless you and your family, most of all your Ministry!
    Starlight

  34. I have’nt tried to fast my whole life. Thanks for your invitation Bro. Bo and to the Kerygma community. I will try this time.
    Sovereign Lord guide me……

  35. I’ll do fasting too. I’ll pray on which one would God want me to do.

  36. count me in

  37. Thanks Bro. Bo for your enlightenment. I never try to fast for seven days but this time I will try my best , sana kayanin ko. GOD is good all the time. Thank you for all the blessings little or big. Thank you for being part of our lives. And I know fasting is one way to get more closer to you. Always be with us, O LORD.

    Thanks Bro. Bo and to the Kerygma community for the invitation. GOD BLESS US.

  38. Thank you Bro. Bo about the facts of fasting. I desire to do it this year. This will be my first commitment to fast. God bless us everyone!!!

  39. Kuya Bo, don’t we eat during fasting??? What I heard before is we eat food except pork. Is that true??? What fasting really means??? And what are the things we shouldn’t do??? I’m confused =]

  40. count me in too. watch out as i chronicle my fasting on my website…www.deathtomycreditcrads.blogspot.com…abangan!

  41. hi bro. bo

    thanks for inviting me, i cant promise any fasting this time. i try my best to choice 1 of the choices giving to us. I hope God help me to do it, Pls pray for me.
    God Bless You and ur family circle
    more power to ur ministry :)

  42. Thanks for giving us the real guide of what prayer we should use during advent.

    I already practice my abstinence with no meat on all Fridays of the year and fasting only on the required days of our church.

    But with these prayers you’ve I’m happy that I could share it to all my friends and colleagues.

    You are truly the messenger of God. God bless us all always.

  43. Thanks for giving us the real guide of what prayer we should use during advent.

    I already practice my abstinence with no meat on all Fridays of the year and fasting only on the required days of our church.

    God bless us all!

  44. Hello Loving Children of God,

    May we endeavor to be pleasing to our God, not by the standards of the world but by God’s Love and Mercy. Through our prayers & fasting l enjoin you to add in your petition aside from your personal petitions, the lives & souls of our brothers & sisters whom fasting is an everyday event to them. To those brothers & sisters whom war/famine/disease and poverty is a day to day struggle. For all our prayers & fastings may God be truly praised & exalted. In Christ,

  45. ..i haven’t tried it pa,,,baka this tym i can do it na….

  46. thank you for the invitation….more power 2 u,,

  47. Hi Bo! Just like the metaphorical man who drank only mountain spring water and got healed of all his ailments, our family has, for some time now, drinking energized water (ordinary purified water treated with Biodisc which converts the molecular structure of ordinary water to that of mountain spring water. Thus we had reap numerous health benefits like healing of my daughter’s skin asthma, my wife’s insomia and hypertension, my constipation and allergies, arthristis, etc. Please let me know on how we could share this discovery with you and the entire Kerygma family. God Bless.
    Jun and Ritzi Due

  48. I only did 6 days of fasting but it did empowers me physically and spiritually. By God’s grace, I will do it again this Lenten season.

    Thank you very much for all your inspiration in bringing us closer to heaven.

    May God conitnuosly bless us and use us to bring people closer to Him.

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  52. DEar Friend in Christ,
    Thanks for this article may God will bless you always!
    Rita

  53. I have decided to give up all food for 40 straight days, I can aleady feel closer to god. I hope I may succeed in my journey closer to god. 4.2 days so far.

  54. Can someone teach me how to fast even for 7 days because I am prone to headache is water only fasting good for me…..hope bro bo you can help because i wanted to stop smoking.

  55. to fast for 7 days, try to drink juices, 128-192 oz is about how much liquid you should drink (4-6 quarts)

    To quit smoking, i suggest, you should just cut it cold turkey. Prayer and fasting will take your mind off of cigarettes, andif it doesn’t than just quit for 40 days and count down the days. I after 40 days you still want a cigarette then smoke but if your will is strong then you should be able to quit.

  56. hi sheranne,

    read chapter 3 of this site. physical and mental preparation is very important for the fast.

    if i have no time to use the juicer, i would buy the packed fruit or vegetable juices from groceries. read the labels carefully that it’s 100% juice, no sugar added. i just drink this and water whenever i feel hunger will creep in soon.

    and of course nothings beats prayer and attending the holy mass during your fasting days. it will really give you the strength.

  57. by the grace of God i am at my 8th day. please pray for me.

  58. coute me, i will begin it next week

  59. Hello.

    im currently in a 7 day water only fast commitment. i just want to thank you for all the information that you have provided. Honestly if you prepare for your fast everything goes well. I am in day 5 and i dont even feel hungry and dont even think of food.

    If you just dedicate your whole fasting to God he’ll do great things and you will just want to continue fasting.

  60. IVE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO A40 DAY WATER ONLY —THIS 10,10 10 10 PROG IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME TO PUT AS A GOAL STARTING WEDNESDAY — I GET CLOSER TO GOD ,WANNA SEE MIRACLES OF AIDS HEALED AND MY DAD HAS CANCER , MY MOM IS PARASLYZED ALSO I WOLUD LOVE TO HAVE A BUSINESS MAKING AT LEAST A MILLION DOLLARS I NEED THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON GARY IN OMAHA

  61. true, YES, this is true!

    blessings will surely come, i am a witness to this fasting idea.

    my fasting was not about food, but it was about not using verbal communications for seven straight days.

    before the fasting, i was irritated because there was a time in my life i am nickname by many names of the DEVIL… i can not blame them because it was all my fault, i keep saying his name as a habit. A friend of mine even testified that she trembled every time she saw me.

    anyways, i did the fasting during my college days. it was difficult because as a student you have to use words to communicate to your teachers, classmates, peers…

    it was even more difficult when your brother will think you got crazy, and you’re peers starting to outcast you because of the craziness… it was ok since nobody even knew my reasons, until now i guess.

    Some still talk of that one week mystery that i did, it was funny since they always think it was the days when i got crazy,

    anyways,

    the blessings will surely come, just offer your fasting to a mass before doing it.

  62. i’m on 40 day fasting now…started three days ago, and i’m super excited…all the pain is gone now , now the good part of fasting is coming…

  63. I am excited to be starting a 40 day water only fast. God Bless all of you and this website Have only made it 14 days in the past and it was very hard…May god be with me as I start this 40 day journey

  64. This is wonderful stuff. I hope more and more people will adopt this. Thanks brother Bo for this wonderful article.

  65. When people around you don’t practice fasting for one reason or another, sometimes you get discouraged.. But then the Lord inspires you to become courageous and be strong.

    Last Ash Wednesday, I thought a lot about washing the Ash on my forehead right after lunch, but decided to do otherwise, even though every single one of my team mates at the office did not believe in Ash Wednesday. The other one even asked me what the Gospel was about, and I was so taken aback by his negative reaction of the cross on my forehead that for a minute there, I couldn’t remember what was said during the Mass homily.. Even though a few minutes before, I was there in the chapel laughing as the priest emphasized on fasting *and* charity.. and that the Gospel was about “not showing off that you are fasting and about sincerity of repentance..” Anyway, I didn’t wash off the ash on my forehead until I went home that day, even though it meant I could be criticized by some of my office mates who were not Catholic. That afternoon, after some thought, I guess my office mate also meant well, because he wanted to check if I was merely wearing the ash symbol on my forehead without knowing the Gospel in my heart. (Of course, I did not find the need to go into debate with him. I just needed to be confident that deep in my heart, I tried to be as sincere as I could be and listened to the sermon as much as I could, even though I couldn’t remember the exact verse and chapter number.)

    Going back to fasting, I think it’s a wonderful idea to fast, as difficult as it is. As a parting note, I’d like to share Pope Benedict’s Lenten Message: A Call to Fasting, Feb 21, 2009 (http://www.catholic.org/clife/lent/story.php?id=32255&page=2).

  66. I really need the info on prayer and fasting in simplified, comprehensive and reader friendly way…thank you…It would help me in encouraging our church to go on prayer and fasting…this activity is often neglected due to preconceived ideas about it…i myself tried it five years ago, but I am determine to do it again…though I have asthma that would be triggered if i will go on skipping meal-or missing meal-fasting…yet, I was encouraged again and again…May God bless you with wisdom more and more so others might be continuously edified!

  67. […] I have never experienced a more intimate and deeper enthusiasm for God until I committed myself to 40 Days of Prayers and Fasting. Sure my fasting only lasted for 23 days but I totally reaped a spiritual harvest like no other. To […]

  68. Life is strange. There is pain and joy. You are minding your business just carrying on with life and suddenly an urge beyond your control wants you do something. Something that will have a positive impact on you and through this it will have a positive impact on the loved ones around you and on the people who you believe to have a connection with (even though you do not even know them).

    Well for me it is the Lent 40 Days Fasting and Praying. It was on the night 16 Feb 2010 I was sitting down with the internet up and running. I was on Bo Sanchez blog. He was talking about Lent 40 Days Fasting and Praying. His write-up was interesting. And then a thought of someone just inspired me that I should commit myself to this. At the same time other thoughts (good thoughts) came upon me and it was decided I will do this. By the way I am not Christian (I was born into a Hindu family) however from a young age I have always loved God (that is my upbringing).

    On the 24 Feb 2010 someone’s words almost made me stop fasting. Disappointment came over me as a freindly gesture was misunderstood but then I heard the song Beautiful by Gateway Worship. The first verse of the song just got to me. This song has been with me for over a month but it was on the 24 Feb I heard it for the first time and it just hit my heart straight away. It is an amazing song and the lyrics are very peaceful:

    Here before Your altar
    I am letting go of all I’ve held
    Of every motive, every burden
    Everything that’s of myself

    I just want to wait on You, my God
    I just want to dwell on who You are

    Beautiful, beautiful oh I am lost for more to say
    Beautiful, beautiful oh Lord, You’re beautiful to me

    Here in Your presence
    I am not afraid of brokenness
    To wash Your feet, with humbled tears
    Oh, I would be poured out till nothing’s left

    I just want to wait on You, my God
    I just want to dwell on who You are, You are

    Beautiful, beautiful oh I am lost for more to say
    Beautiful, beautiful oh Lord, You’re beautiful to me

    Holy, Holy, Holy, You are, You are

    I am having one meal a day. Through the day I am having mainly water and to ensure my sugar level is fine I have some fresh juice. Ok, some people reckon I am starving myself. Well, I am not. I am comfortable doing this. I do feel unsettled sometimes as so many thoughts are going through my mind. It is scary what the mind thinks.

    My intentions of doing this was so that God sheds the bright light of happiness, hope, peace, success and joy to the people I care for from my heart and soul. Hopefully, they know who they are. This is my way to clear my thoughts and feelings in the hope and want that I will become a better individual and will be closer to God.

    I simply believe in the existence of this energy called God that is within us and all around us. My aim is to connect fully with this energy. This is the energy that has kept me strong and will keep me strong in the years to come. It is this energy that will make my Soul Dream, my Greatest Dream, come true and soon. Thank you God.

  69. […] the Lent 40 Days Fasting & Praying. 16 Feb 2010 night I was surfing the net. I was on Bo Sanchez blog and read the article on Lent 40 Days Fasting & Praying (interesting write-up). And then a […]

  70. As the Lord has said; it does not matter what goes into your mouth (eg. how little food you eat) but what comes out of it (e.g. praising or cursing)!

    Shalom!

    NR

  71. never tried fasting in my life..but now i will try,i will begin it tomorrow because i want my seven dreams come true.pls pray for me bo! i know i can do it with the guidance of our Almighty God!AMEN

  72. Bro Bo, Please pray for me that God would destroy the scratching and blotcning on my skin, as well as to stop drinking alcohol and that God would use me to point men to Christ.

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