What to Expect When Fasting - Day 1

January 7, 2018

Welcome to Day 1 of the 21-Day fast! This is our favorite time of the year as we gather literally millions from all over the world and fast together for 21 days. Each day we will look at a different topic that people have asked about or talked about in past 21-day fasts. Today we will discuss a question that we all have at the beginning of each fast, especially for those who are fasting with us for the first time.


Before we go one step further, please remember, you should consult a medical professional before fasting if you have any concerns or health conditions.


Today’s Topic:

What can I expect to experience physically when I fast?

The start of anything meaningful, be it a home project, new marriage, or commitment to Christ, comes with some initial challenges. These are not insurmountable, but may cause you to wonder if you made the right decision. Joining the 21-Day Fast will be no different. Knowing what to expect will help you prepare mentally, and allow you to prayerfully put these concerns before the Lord. God will give you strength as noted in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (NKJV). Lean into God during this 21-Day period.


When you fast, your body detoxifies which eliminates toxins from your system. This can cause mild discomfort, especially the first three days, resulting in such things as severe headaches and irritability as your body withdrawals from caffeine and sugars. In addition, you will naturally have hunger pains. This is a normal reaction and something you can expect to experience. Each day will lessen these effects as you move into the fasting period.


As your body adjusts to the lack of food, your energy levels may diminish a bit the first few days of the fast. Use caution doing physical labor and exercise. Be sure you are drinking plenty of water! Next, take time to get proper rest. This is a key ingredient during the duration of the fast. Allow your body to get ample restoration time. God created the sleeping hours to benefit you in mind, body and spirit. This is paramount during the fast as your body compensates for your loss of food.


Remember, water will be your best friend during while fasting. You should keep some with you at all times. Water serves to remove the toxins released in your body as you fast. The flushing of your body’s toxins will aid in the reduction of your headaches as well. You may want to try drinking water at room temperature, as this does not shock the body due to temperature variations. Drink as much water as possible!


Despite how you feel physically, your body is rejoicing as it releases toxins and takes a rest from such a daily grind, especially after coming through the Holiday season. While you are fasting for spiritual reasons, the physical benefits are numerous. Many people express feeling more energy, less lethargic, and more focused during the fast once they push through the first few days. But you know your body—so at any time you have doubt or questions, consult your medical professional.


To benefit from the fast spiritually, keep a spiritual focus. Spend time listening to praise and worship, engage in prayer as often as you can throughout the day, reflect on God and look for Him at work around you during this time. Enjoy His Word while allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you. If you can, get away from the normal distractions, as much as possible, and keep your heart and mind set on seeking God’s direction for the New Year. You are following Jesus’ example when you fast.


The most important thing to remember in any fast is the reason you are fasting. If you aren’t careful, you can make this just a physical challenge … minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour as you strive to endure the physical challenge. View your fast as a spiritual journey rather than a physical challenge and dive in expectantly! Replace your physical cravings with a spiritual hunger and allow Jesus to be your Bread of Life (Matthew 6:16-18) (John 6:35).


What are YOU expecting out of this fast?

Why are you fasting? Be sure to sign in to answer this question in the comments below and join the conversation! We want to hear from you, too! Just click on the person icon in the top right corner of this page to sign in or sign up. We’ll send you an email confirmation and then you can log in to comment, ask, and answer questions on our blog each day!


Our team will be moderating and replying to your comments each day! It’s the best way to experience the encouragement, prayers, and support so critical to this corporate fast. Even if you’re fasting alone, you’ve got this community! The next 21 days will be an adventure—that is certain! Let’s do it together!


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I have started to fast regularly and weekly for about 3 weeks. Initially, I felt the joy of the embracing presence of God, breakthroughs and healings. Last week, I felt myself under intense spiritual warfare, for no reason, i felt down, oppressed, conflicts and misunderstanding with my spiritual mentor and friend and that greatly affecting me. Worst, at certain times when I fast i was so down that I could not get into prayers just a sense of depression. Tho' am feeling this way, I still find the sense of God's presence when I disciplined myself to focus on God and His Word, I do not feel overwhelmed tho emotionally down i.e i am able to be calm and sober tho in my heart i am very lonely and sad etc. I believe it is due to spiritual warfare as I am not going into serious weekly prayer and fasting praying for my family salvation , healing etc. I hope someone can give me some insights as to what I am experiencing as described above. At times, i feel very discouraged and wanted very much to back off and give up but i refused to give in to my feeling I need some supports, advise and insights as to what i am experiencing. thank you

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My family and I started participating in the 21-day fast for about five years. This year, I am fasting for direction, financial breakthrough, a closer relationship with the Lord, and that I will come to know his will for my life. I am also fasting for bondage to be broken off of my life and my children's lives. I am fasting for my children's success in their academics. I am fasting for my unsaved family members and for the spirit of lust to broken off my husband's life, so that he will surrender his life to the Lord. Let's stand together and believe that our God can do exceeding, abundantly, above all that we can ask or think.

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I have participated in this 21 day fast for several years. I am fasting for my children and family complete salvation; healing; finances; our government in the US; co-workers; a closer walk with my Heavenly Father most of all. Thanks for your continued commitment in providing a way for millions now to come together as one in fasting and praying as believers in Jesus Christ!

account_circle Maria Gallo

Hello... My fast this year is for a closer relationship with God, at the same time for Family unity, debt cancellation and Gods direction for my family and myself. Blessings everyone!

account_circle Joan Young

Hello again I have joined the fasting movement this year with an expectant attitude not for personal things but for the elevation of my relationship with God I know the plans he has for me but I have been a procrastinator so this year I want change in this area stepping up in spiritual maturity will certainly eliminate all fear of failure in Jesus name I am Back to where I need to be in my relationship with God

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My two daughters and a very dear friend with multiple addictions, and my single women friends waiting for their Godly man

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This is my third year to be a part of the fast. My first year was a year of being set free from my past. This year I’m seeking release from some anxiety and seeking answer to a specific prayer for my husband and greater trust in knowing God is my refuge.

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I will pray and fast for a closer walk with God; better control of my health; my family and our issues

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"The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. Your mercy oh Lord endures forever. Do not forsake the works of Your hands." Psalm 138:8

account_circle Beverly Moorer

I am fasting for a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and to walk in obedience; when God speaks to me I want to be able to say yes without hesitation or reservation, to know and walk in God's calling on my life, a good job, healing and restoration with an estranged adult daughter and sister, to meet my husband, salvation of loved ones, financial restoration, emotional and physical healing for myself and others. My desire is to be an acceptable vessel used by God with power for such a time as this.

account_circle James Brestin

I appreciate Pastor Frankin and the congregation in holding this fast every January. One of the challenges with fasting is staying motivated. When I know that there are fellow brothers & sisters who are fasting along with me, it encourages me to stick to it. I know this opportunity only happens at the beginning of the year, so that also motivates me to finish the 21 day race. God Bless.

account_circle Karla Cole

Thank you for the encouragement. It’s been a few years since I’ve joined in this fast. I look forward to the time of consecration and just getting back to my 1st love. Jesus. It’s great to know other brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world are participating. It encourages me to know we are all seeking direction, guidance, wisdom and answers to our prayers.

account_circle Kelly Granitz

I have found since starting this fast a few years ago, my relationship with Jesus Christ has taken on a whole new meaning, whole new depth, and a continuing and intensifying thirst and hunger to know more of Him. Even though these past few years have been the most difficult of my life, I have found His presence more real and constant to me, and even when crying tears in prayer to God, I still am filled with that “unspeakable joy” talked about in the Bible. He sharpens my discernment when I fast, fills me with encouragement, peace and hope. I am fasting for healing and restoration with an estranged adult daughter, spiritual and emotional healing, financial healing, physical healing for myself and others, a good job, to know God's calling on my life, salvation of loved ones, and a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. I'm excited to see how God is going to work in my life, and in the lives of those around me. I'm very thankful for Jentezen Franklin. I thank God for him often! I have used the Return to Me Fasting study guide several times of fasting throughout 2017, and plan on using it through 2018 as well. I pray for all of those participating in this fast, that they will see God's great and marvelous plans for each and every one of our lives. Jeremiah 29:11

account_circle Belinda Simon

First time I fast this length of time.i am expecting spiritual journey,closer to God and for direction

account_circle Mamy M

Praying for few subjects : 1. My relationship with God, 2. To meet my husband, 3. My family, 4. My career, 5. My Health, 6. My country and my Finances.

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