I think this site is fantastic and what a great place for fasters to help each other through what sometimes can be a struggle!
I just wanted to share my recent experience in spiritual fasting which totally blew me away.
I started a water fast coupled with consistent prayer on the 10th of October last year for a total of 21 days. I was praying for a new direction for my career as i have been looking for a new opportunity for some time! Not only does fasting cleanse you completely and obviously lead to weight loss but I really believe that fasting not only brings you very close to God and builds and strengthens (or sometimes even begins) your relationship with Him, but He also hears and answers your prayers a lot quicker! His favour is unleashed on your life in many areas, and usually for the year after your finish the fasting period. You become heightened to the voice of the Holy Spirit and really have some tremendous breakthroughs spiritually that other wise probably wouldn't happen.
I read a number of books and also studied Rob's website intensely for some time before starting and i must admit not only did i loose close to 50 pounds in 21 days but the lord answered my prayer in leading me to my destiny in providing a new business opportunity in my life, and this came about at the end of the fast almost immediately. Praise God!
What ever the issue is your life that is most important or the area that you require a breakthrough in i highly recommend fasting coupled with consistent prayer everyday for this miracle or breakthroughs to occur! I have heard of people fasting for relatives that are sick or unwell and miraculous cures have occured, i have heard of people in serious financial trouble praying for a breakthrough to their finances and miraculous supernatural things have happened as a result of a fast. What ever your specific need or circumstance, i am positive that fasting supercharges your prayers and catapults them straight into Gods lap and i believe it shows a reverence and respect that he acknowledges and rewards!
I have suffered from food addiction for some time prior to starting these fasts and i guess the demonic influence is still present but it is slowly being erradicated i feel! I don't have the same level of obsession with food any longer. On top of this I was a smoker for 10 years a packet a day and i broke this strong hold in my life also whilst fasting. I think fasting is a tremendous tool to break any addiction in ones life.
I have found Prayer time whilst fasting to really help subside the mental attacks that i experienced some what spiratically. It seemed to calm me and i really felt the presence of god with me. I never thought i would of been able to go for 21 days in the beginning and there were a number of times that i thought it would end, but when i turned it over to God in prayer i found that this peace would calm me completely. I also found that i had more time to focus on the word of god and really understand scripture more as you are not caught up in your usual daily routine.
I plan to start another fast shortly to try and loose a further 35 pounds to get to my goal weight. I am certain that fasting is the best way both spiritually and mentally and physically to restore ones eating habits and also heighten and spark a fabulously rewarding relationship with our heavenly father. It sure has helped me enormously and I plan to continue to fast on and off for the rest of my life!