About Fasting

>>>WHAT IS FASTING
It is abstaining from food, drink, or other items for a period of time in order to spend concentrated time praying and seeking the Lord.  According to the Bible, there are three duties of every Christian: give, pray and fast. Fasting takes a lot of discipline and strength – strength which you can only receive from God. Your private discipline will bring you rewards in Heaven, says Matthew 6.  
 
>>>FASTING OPTIONS
DANIEL FAST – No meat or animal products (including dairy), sweets, dairy, caffeine, bread, processed foods or foods with additives. Only vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains & legumes, natural unsweetened juices, herbal teas & water.
WEEKLY FAST – One day a week, water or juice only.
CULTURAL FAST – No television, movies or any other type of media FULL FAST – No food or juices, water only
PARTIAL FAST - A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sunup to sundown. This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.
 
>>> TYPES OF FASTING
3 DAY FAST
Esther 4:13-16, 5:1 – 9:3, Matthew 15:22-29, Acts 9:9,17
7 DAY FAST
II Samuel 12:16-23, I Samuel 31:13
14 DAY FAST
Acts 27:33,34, Daniel 10:3-13
40 DAY FAST
Deut. 9:9, 18, 25-29, 10:10, Exodus 24:13-18, 32:15-17, I Kings 19:7-18, Matthew 4:1-11
CORPORATE FAST
1 Sam. 7:5-6, Ezra 8:21-23, Neh. 9:1-3, Joel 2:15-16, Jonah 3:5-10, Acts 27:33-37
 
>>>REASONS FOR FASTING
WHEN UNDER DISCIPLINE:  II Samuel 12:16 – 23
WHEN UNDER JUDGEMENT:  1 Kings 21:27
WHEN IN NEED:  Ezra 8:21
WHEN IN DANGER:  Esther 4
WHEN WORRIED:  Daniel 6:18
WHEN IN TROUBLE:  Acts 27:9, 33
WHEN IN SPIRITUAL CONFLICT:  Matthew 4:1-11
WHEN DESPERATE IN PRAYER:  Acts 9
WHEN THE NEED TO IS FELT:  1 Corinthians 7:5

Additional Resources

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Fasting Handout - Digital version


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Daniel Fast Cookbook