Fasting is not a popular conversation topic and I can assure you, when I am holding a bowl of Ruffles, I think more about whether I should or shouldn’t leave much for others – I hardly think about fasting.
Nowadays fasting is usually associated with weight loss, pleasant feelings, or some sort of political protest someone is doing. As Richard Foster says that it’s often about vanity or power.
Amongst Christians, many would think about the topic usually just before and during Lent; in general, many consider fasting as a mark of robust spirituality for clergy, monks, nuns, or super saints. Fasting is thus often misunderstood, misused, or ignored.
Fasting begins and continues with a posture of humility that prepares us to be open to God, to feel His heartbeat, to think after His thoughts, to understand His purpose, and to identify with how He views and responds to a given event or life circumstances with the aim to follow His will and instructions.