2. Partial Fasts

In a partial fast a person or group is given the option to select the types of foods that they will refrain from eating for the length of their fast. They have the liberty of choosing pretty much any food that qualifies as an actual sacrifice to give up. If foods that are a part of your regular diet are chosen, a great deal of discipline and planning will be required to maintain your fast.

An example of a very simple partial fast would be to fast from drinking sodas and or coffee. For some this may not be a sacrifice at all, but for others who drink these beverages daily, it requires and entire change of their daily routine. Partial fasting can be either the easiest type of fast, if the food given up really isn’t a big deal to you, or it can be the most disciplined form of fasting.

Consider that in order to stop eating meat, for example, the average person would have to determine what each meal of the day would consist of in advance. If they are used to determining their meals based on what is available (local restaurants, fast food, etc.) they will likely find themselves having to miss meals because there is nothing available that fits into the parameters of their fast.

Partial fasting is all about making a sacrifice. If done corporately the rules for the fast are generally determined for the entire group of participants. If done by yourself you are free to choose whatever food you want to abstain from during your fast. The point is that whatever you choose make it sacrificial and stick to it until the fast is over.

In the church, the most popularized form of partial fasting is known as the “Daniel Fast.


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