In the Bible, Jesus says, "When you fast," not, "If you fast." While many people go on diets, the spiritual discipline of fasting is increasingly rare. Yet for healthy Christians, there is a Biblical expectation that we will abstain from food from time to time.
If fasting is a spiritual practice that you are unfamiliar with, you may want to read this article about the hows and why of fasting.
Now in the gospels, Jesus warns us not to practice our piety before others. At the risk of doing that, let me say that I am going to be fasting on Mondays during Lent. (See the previous blog post for what the season of Lent is all about). I'm not announcing this to get your approval, but simply to invite you to contact me if you too decide to take up this discipline in Lent. I'd like to know what your experience is!