Hi y’all! My name is Jordan and I plan on fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. The only catch is - Im 14. This is primarily for spiritual reasons and to prove something to myself. Any advice? I have experience with fasting, I’m 5’6, 207lbs. and at 25-30 percent BF. I workout regularly.
You can’t just do 40 days right off the bat, you need to build up to it. I would strongly suggest talking to your spiritual director before attempting this. The desert abbas and ammas scrutinised the motives of their pupils very carefully before letting them attempt a fast of that magnitude.
For more information, consult the chapters on fasting in A Celebration of Discipline, by Richard Foster. It has the best outline of the Christian practice of fasting that I’ve read. I don’t know whether the book is still in print or not, but your pastor or spiritual director will likely have a copy, because it is a classic modern work on spiritual disciplines of all kinds.
Apparently “40 days” was the local way of saying “for a long time”.
Hello Jordan! I don’t recommend fasting for a 14 year old person. You have much growth and development ahead of you including bones, tendons and ligaments, and your devoted brain. Your God wants these things to develop well so that you can serve for a a long time.
My suggestion: a 40 hour fast with quietness and prayer, then fill the rest of the 40 days with a meaningful fast from one of the following for example-
Curse words or unkind speech
… ? Anyone have more ideas
Think of something that would be hard but not impossible, and would not harm your god given precious body