A Prayer for Fasting

Loving Father, your Son, Jesus, was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert where he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. There, he learned to rely on you and not on bread alone.

May the same Holy Spirit guide me as I enter into this experience of fasting.

May this fast remind me of my complete dependence on you and your grace.

May it unite me in solidarity with those who suffer from hunger each and every day and lead me to share what I have with others.

May each grumble of my stomach be a sacramental for me – a reminder of my hunger for you and of how you satisfy that hunger.

May the discipline of fasting help me to grow in patience, humility, generosity, and compassion.

On this day, I offer my fast for the intention of ___________________________________________.

Be with me now, as I walk away from this meal and, when the time is right, guide me back to this table in good health of mind, body, and spirit, and with increased gratitude for your abundant blessings.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

(Joe Paprocki, DMin)

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

6 Comments on A Prayer for Fasting

  1. I heard you on Relevant Radio this morning and went to your website as soon as I got out of the car. Thank you so much for this beautiful prayer. It will make my fasting so much more focused and meaningful. I hope to share it with others.
    May your Lenten Season be rich in graces.

  2. Joe,
    Thanks for sharing this prayer with us….each time my stomach rumbles it reminds me that I am doing this not for myself but Jesus.


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