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Fasting
Several years ago I was asked to enter into a time of fasting and prayer for a breakthrough in ministry. My initial thoughts, "Prayer-fine. Fasting -are you kidding me-why would anyone do that voluntarily?" I felt like I needing to do this. Everyone else was readily on board. I was succumbing to peer pressure. The person in charge went through a variety of ways we could fast. My thought was, "Thank you God, I can do a liquid fast not a water fast." My commitment was one day a week for a couple of weeks. I had known fasting was in scripture, but I assumed it was bad for the body and therefore something they did "back then" and not today. Oh, I was so wrong. Johns Hopkins chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience says this, "Cutting your energy intake by fasting several days a week might help your brain ward off neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's while at the same time improving memory and mood." A study conducted at Harvard and published in Cell Metabolism