Fasting and prayer

Fasting is associated with prayer.
Luke 2:37, Acts 13:1-4, 14:23

When we pray and fast, it is to be done unto God.
Matt 6:5-8, 16-18

There is a time for fasting - this is when the bridegroom has been taken away for a time.
Mark 2:18-20, Matt 9:14,15


Types of fasting

absolute - abstaining from food and water Ex 34:28, Acts 9:9

normal - abstaining from all food, but not water Matt 4:2

partial - restriction from certain foods, food types, or meal times Dan 10:2-3


There are private fasts and public fasts.

private - Matt 4:2, Luke 2:37

public - Jer 36:4-6 regular fast day

2 Chron 20:3, Joel 2:15-16 special fast called in time of distress to hear God's will


Fasting must be done with right motives, not out of selfish gain.

Zech 7:4-13, Is 58:1-4, Acts 13:1-4, 14:23


Results and purposes of fasting

to humble our souls Is 58:5, Ps 69:9-10

to be heard on high 2 Chron 20:3, Is 58:4

to advert judgement Jonah 3:5,10

to free captives Is 58:6, 49:24-25

to humble our souls Is 58:5, Ps 69:9-10

to receive revelation or insight into certain matters Acts 13:1-4, 14:23

to get our flesh in line with God's will, take dominion over our body 1 Cor 9:27, Rom 13:14

to walk in power to do signs and wonders Matt 17:14-21


God's chosen fast - Is 58:5-14

to loosen the bonds of wickedness

to undo the bands of the yokes

to let the oppressed go free

to divide bread with the hungry

to bring the homeless poor into the house

to cover the naked

these are both spiritually and physically


God wants to heal our land - 2 Chron 7:13-14