Today is one week into my fast. As I reflect on the fast so far, here are some of the things I have noticed.
- Lost weight
- more energy
- more alert
- less patient
- less impulsive with snacking
- slower eating
- heighten spiritual awareness
- increase the intensity of prayer
- more spontaneous in prayer
- better at discerning situations
Out of all of the things from my fast thus far, I am surprised at having more energy and more spontaneity in prayer. With prayer, I would usually pray when a request comes through email, or at certain times (morning, afternoon, evening). During the fasting period, I would have images of people or situations come to my mind, and instantly drop what I was doing and prayed about it. Not a quick prayer, but one with conviction and intensity.
Having an increase of energy was very surprising to me, mainly because there is a market for having energy via energy drinks, soda pop, coffee, or any other caffeinated beverage. There were some days where I would need to lay down for a bit because I was exhausted and could not function properly without a rest.
Even though I have had some weak moments in the fast, I am at a point where I am seeing some of the benefits of it and liking the changes. Hope this second week will be better as I continue on.