Fasting 101 | All About Biblical Fasting

If you’re new to fasting as a Bible believer, don’t worry. I’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions about fasting.

Consecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly;
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
Into the house of the Lord your God,
And cry out to the Lord.”

– Joel 1:14

All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.

My journey to fasting began when I sensed the Holy Spirit lead me to learn more about fasting. I order multiple books about fasting, but it didn’t take long at all until I realized God wanted me to fast. I was about ten pages into my first book when I sensed such a strong conviction to fast.

From there, I decided I was going to learn all I can about this subject in order to fast correctly. It’s been a habit I’ve implemented in my life and I can already see the difference in my spiritual walk. I pray to answer your questions and hope you try out fasting for yourself. Read more

Examples Of Fasting In The New Testament

There are many times in the Bible where the people of God fasted for spiritual purposes. Many people can brush that off and say, “Well, that was before Jesus came.” However, there are examples of fasting in the New Testament that shouldn’t be ignored.

Once you realize the early church and Jesus practiced fasting during their ministry, you’ll be interested in learning more about fasting so you can implement it in your own life as well.

All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.

Jesus

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.”

– Luke 4:1-2

Although Jesus was without sin and blameless before God, He is meant to be the Christian model to emulate. If He fasted, doesn’t that mean we should fast as well? Read more

Different Types Of Fasts

Unfortunately, there are many Christians who are unaware of the powerful impact of fasting and praying. I believe we’re missing out on the great benefits of the Kingdom of God and many victories over the enemy. There are different types of fasts outlined in the Bible. I want to go over them with you and discuss their differences.

All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.

Complete Fast

While there are times God may lead us to abstain from liquids as well as foods, it’s extremely dangerous. There are only two times in the Bible where fasting was done in this way for an extended period of time. These characters were Moses and Elijah. In both of these instances, they fasted forty days. However, they were under incredible supernatural circumstances and I don’t believe we should try to imitate their behavior. Read more

How Should I Break A Fast?

Fasting may be new to many people. I hear a multitude of people all over the world saying they feel God calling them to fast and pray. If you feel God leading you in that direction and have questions, I’m here to help. I’ll do my best to answer the question, “How should I break a fast” in this post.

Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

– Matthew 6:16-18 NKJV Read more

What Should I Expect During A Fast?

If you’re sensing God pull you in the direction of a fast, then I’d like to answer the question, “What should I expect during a fast?” People who have never fasted before may have no idea what to expect. Therefore, I want to try my best to prepare you as much as possible so you’d be successful in fasting.

All scriptures are taken from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.

Depending on how long you’re fasting, you may want to take extra measures to protect against constipation. Before and after fasting, eat foods that are rich in fiber. This would include fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, salads, bran cereal, fruit juices, etc. Of course, this is something you’d have to take into consideration for yourself, but I recommend it.

When fasting, take extra time for prayer and reading your Bible. If you feel like you have no time, I’d like to point out that you have the time that would normally be spent eating. Therefore, take that time and read the Bible and pray. Spend some time concentrating on the goodness of God in worship and focus on Him.

Also, be aware that the enemy will likely attack you. Whenever you begin to make positive progress for the Kingdom of God, the enemy is likely to attack. Therefore, be prepared against it. If you feel negative emotions begin to engulf you, recognize it as an attack and treat it as such. You may feel things like doubt, fear, loneliness, or depression. Don’t get worried or discouraged. Take that as a compliment because the enemy wouldn’t be attacking you if you weren’t a threat to his kingdom.

I’d recommend spending some time meditating on the basics truths of God’s Word:

  • God loves you.
  • You’re created in His special image.
  • He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
  • He’ll never leave you nor forsake you.
  • Nothing can separate you from God’s love.

No matter how you feel, these things will always remain true. Don’t let the enemy lie to you or steal your obedience from God.

Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

– Matthew 6:16-18

Another thing I’d like to warn you against is putting on a religious show. It’s true that you may feel super excited about your fast and may want to boast, but Jesus warns us against doing that.

Don’t put it on public display, brag about it, or make a show of it. Sure, there will be people that have to know about it. However, leave it at that. You should be able to continue your regular life while fasting. After some time, you may realize you can perform certain activities better while fasting. You might be surprised!

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How Long Should I Fast?

There are many reasons Christians should fast. When starting out, there are a bunch of questions people end up asking. One of those is, “How long should I fast?” I’ll do my best to answer that question for you.

Fasting can be different for everyone. However, if you’re just starting to integrate fasting into your lifestyle (or haven’t started yet), I wouldn’t recommend starting with a long period of time. Don’t try to begin with a whole week or even a whole day. While some people start there and achieve it, I wouldn’t want you to become discouraged.

If you choose too long of a period and don’t achieve it, it can discourage you and deter you from trying again. Just like with anything else, starting with a smaller, more attainable goal would be better.

If you’re new to fasting, begin with abstaining from your last meal of the day. For example, let’s say you eat at 3 pm and usually eat again around 7 pm. I would start by fasting from 3 pm to the next day at breakfast time.

Try that and if you succeed, then you can begin skipping the meal before that one. That would probably be something like 12 pm to the next day. After achieving that, then you can move on to fasting the entire day.

Once you become stronger in fasting, then it would be time to seek God and see if He wants you to fast longer than that. It’s possible to fast for two or even three weeks. However, I don’t believe the length of time should be your objective. It’s not important the amount of time you fast, but that you fast with the right motives in the will of God.

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Conclusion

When starting out, I suggest you begin with a small period of time then gradually work your way up the ladder. Fasting isn’t easy at first, but you’ll begin to get better with practice. Therefore, practicing with shorter periods of time would boost your confidence and ability to fast.

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