When you go to church on schedule, you can count on the service consistently being of a similar format and duration as the week before. Depending on your church, you have particular ways of expressing worship in keeping with shared values of the group. 

With a personal fast, you set aside time that is on a different clock. You purposely block out extended time and purpose to suspend regular activities for this more important focus.

If you are truly alone, you may feel freer to sing, dance, kneel, nap, laugh, cry and ponder. The place of unbounded worship is hard to come by unless you purpose to do so.

Worshipping God has its own reward. How else would someone like the prophet Anna have lived the servant life?

Luke 2:
36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.

Here was a woman who discovered the timeless life found in fasting. The dullness of waiting slowly changes to the quiet presence of God. What a way to live! In fasting, we discover the secret place of rest-- contentment with God.