Fasting is a form of prayer discipline that is practiced not only by Christians but also many other religions.
Fasting is not an end unto itself, but a means of focusing our minds and bodies for a spiritual reason. Whenever you fast, do so for a reason that is mentioned or modeled in the Bible. Here are ten primary purposes for fasting mentioned in Scripture:
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- To strengthen prayer (e.g., see Ezra 8:23)
- To seek God’s guidance (e.g., see Judges 20:26)
- To express grief (e.g., see 1 Samuel 31:13)
- To seek deliverance or protection (e.g., see 2 Chronicles 20:3 – 4)
- To express repentance and a return to God (e.g., see 1 Samuel 7:6)
- To humble oneself before God (e.g., see 1 Kings 21:27 – 29)
- To express concern for the work of God (e.g., see Nehemiah 1:3 – 4)
- To minister to the needs of others (e.g., see Isaiah 58:3 – 7)
- To overcome temptation and dedicate yourself to God (e.g., see Matthew 4:1 – 11)
- To express love and worship for God (e.g., see Luke 2:37)
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