The concept of sexual fasting comes from Paul. He poses the idea that through mutual consent you would be apart for a time to devote yourself to praying.
This fast would be done in the context of marriage and where both parties are in mutual agreement.
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Often times, we tend to skim over parts of Scripture we do not want to do because it would challenge us.
This passage is one of them. Paul is clear that for a time separating physically and focusing on pray is healthy.
The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife’s body does not belong to her alone but also to her husband.
In the same way, the husband’s body does not belong to him alone but also to his wife. Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer.
Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
1 Corinthians 7:3-6
The other time that fasting from sex is mentioned in the Bible is found in Exodus. It was done in preparation before Moses met with God on Mt. Sinia.
And he said to the people, “Be ready for the third day; do not go near a woman.
The purpose of the Israelites refraining from sex for three days was to control their desire. This is not to say sexual desires are bad, but during these three days, they were to devote themselves to pray in preparation for Moses’ meeting with God.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
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