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					Fasting & Praying
Some have exalted
religious fasting beyond
all Scripture and reason;
however, others have
utterly disregarded it.
           — John Wesley
Satan can’t keep us from
using it,
he will try to get us to
abuse it.
True fasting means to
 voluntarily lay aside any
 pleasurable and/or vital
 activity for a period of time in
 order to intensely pursue God
 and know His mind with the
 intent of obeying His revealed
Are there expicit commands in
the Bible that we should fast?

Leviticus 16:29-31
Leviticus 23:27-29
Numbers 29:7

 “humble your souls”
 “deny yourselves”
 “personal sacrifice”
Yom Kippur
   or the
 2 Samuel 12:16
 1 Kings 21:9-12
 Ezra 8:21
 Isaiah 58:3-5
 Joel 11:14
 Joel 2:15
 Zechariah 8:19
 Nehemiah 9:1
 Psalms 35:13
 Psalms 69:10
 Psalms 109:24
 Jeremiah 36:6
 Daniel 6:18
 2 Chronicles 20:3
          Acts 27:9

Much time had been lost, and sailing
had already become dangerous because
by now it was after the Fast (of the
   A call to fast during times of
 Queen Esther (Esther 4:16 )
 Ezra (Ezra 8:21-23)
 King Jehoiakim (Jeremiah 36:9)
 King of Nineveh (Jonah 3:7-10)
 In remembrance (Zechariah 7:1-7 8:19)
 Joel 1:14 ; 2:12 -15
In the Wilderness
 Then Jesus was led
  by the spirit into the
  desert, to be tempted
  by the devil. And
  when he had fasted
  forty days and forty
  nights, afterwards he
  was hungry. And the
  tempter came and
  said to Him, "If You
  are the Son of God,
  command that these
  stones become
  bread." But he
  answered and said,
  "It is written, "Man
  shall not live on
  bread alone, but on
  every word that
  proceeds out of the
  mouth of God”
  (Matthew 4:1-4).
               Jesus rebuked him

 and the devil went
 out of him, and the
 child was cured
 from that hour.
 Then came the
 disciples to Jesus
 secretly, and said:
 Why could not we
 cast him out? Jesus
 said to them:
 Because of your
(Mt 17:17-20).
For, amen I say to you, if you have faith as a
grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this
mountain: Remove from hence hither, and it
shall remove: and nothing shall be impossible
to you. But this kind is not cast out but by
prayer and fasting.
When you fast, do not look
somber as the hypocrites
do, for they disfigure their
faces to show men they are
fasting. I tell you the truth,
they have received their
reward in full. But when
you fast, put oil on your
head and wash your face,
so that it will not be
obvious to men that you
are fasting, but only to
your Father, who is
unseen; and your Father,
who sees what is done in
secret, will reward you
(Matthew 6:16-18).
MT 6:2
When you
 give to
 the poor,
 do not
 sound a
When you pray,
 you are not to
 be like the
 hypocrites; for
 they love to
 stand and pray
 in the
 and on the
 street corners
 so that they
 may be seen by
 men (Mt 6: 6).
Now John's
disciples and the
Pharisees were
fasting. Some
people came and
asked Jesus,
"How is it that
John's disciples
and the disciples
of the Pharisees
are fasting, but
yours are not?"
"How can the guests
of the bridegroom
fast while he is with
them? They cannot,
so long as they have
him with them.
20But the time will
come when the
bridegroom will be
taken from them,
and on that day they
will fast” (Mk 2:18-
20, Mt 9:14-15 and
Lk 5:33-35).
“For believers, then, the
question is not should I fast,

 but will I fast.”

                         — Bill Bright

How to Fast for Forty Days
Why should I fast?
1. Fasting helps to keep us in the
   presence of God.
Fasting is the quickest way to
get yourself into the position
where God can give you what
He has wanted to give you all
                  — K. Neill Foster
                 Prayer Voices 90
Why should I fast?
1. Fasting helps to keep us in the
   presence of God.
2. Fasting helps us to humble ourselves
   before God.
3. Fasting helps us to recall our utter
   dependency upon God.
4. Fasting helps us to get focused and
   sense the seriousness of the issues that
   we are praying about.
Why should I fast?
5. Fasting helps us to control and
   discipline our lives.
6. Fasting helps to keep us from being
   enslaved by habit.
Fasting … can simplify the compulsive,
distracting, grasping nature of our
appetites. When we fast intentionally,
one of the first things we notice is how
little food we really need, yet how much
we have been wolfing down.
                     — Tilden H. Edwards
        Living Simply Through the Day
Why should I fast?
5. Fasting helps us to control and
   discipline our lives.
6. Fasting helps to keep us from being
   enslaved by habit.
7. Fasting helps to release the purposes
   and power of God in our lives and in
   the lives of those we are praying for.
I cannot help but wonder what
great events never happen because
of our aversion to fasting.

                   — K. Neill Foster
                  Prayer Voices 91
When should I fast?
1. There are times when we feel a special
  pull, an urge, a call within our hearts
  to get alone with God (Daniel 9:1-3;
2. There are times when special
needs arise.
 Public calamity (1 Samuel 31:13; 2
  Samuel 1:12 )
 Private affliction (2 Samuel 12:16 )
 Affliction of others (Psalm 35:13;
  Daniel 6:18 )
 Approaching danger (2 Chronicles 20:3;
  Esther 4:16 )
 Ordination of ministers (Acts 13:3;
  14:23 )
3. There are times when we need to
  humble ourselves before God. At such
  times we learn not only humility, but
  dependence upon God (Psalm 35:13).

4. There are times when we need a very
  special power from God.
 Elijah’s ministry was dominated by the
miraculous. There can be no substitute
for the miraculous in the life of a
Christian and fasting will unleash the
supernatural … Do you need a miracle?
Fasting could be the door through
which it will come.
                        — K. Neill Foster
                      Prayer Voices 92
God’s Nine Reasons for
Isaiah 58:6-8:
6 Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose
   the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
   to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to
   provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see
   the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from
   your own flesh and blood?

8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your
  healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness
  will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be
  your rear guard.
1. Fasting to get freedom from addictions
  (v.6: “loose the chains.”)
2. Fasting to solve problems
  (v.6: “undo the cords of the yoke”)
3. Fasting for revival and soul winning
  (v. 6 “set the oppressed free”)
4. Fasting to conquer mental and
   emotional problems
  (v. 6 “break every yoke”)
5. Fasting to meet the physical needs of others
  (v.7: “share.”)
6. Fasting for clearer insight in decision-making
  (v.8: “light will break forth”)
7. Fasting for health reasons or healing
  (v. 8: “your healing will quickly appear”)
8. Fasting for a more righteous life and influential
  (v. 8: “Your righteousness will go before you”)
9. Fasting for the glory of the Lord, to protect us
   from the evil one
  (v. 8: “rear guard” protection)
Final Thoughts
 Fasting is meant to change our
 circumstances … and to change US, not
 to change God! (Isaiah 58:1-9).

 When fasting, we have to leave the
 result in God’s hands, and accept the
 results as His will (2 Samuel 12:15-23).

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