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.
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.
There is another time in the Bible where people abstained from water as well as food. This is found in the book of Esther.
“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
– Esther 4:16
Esther commanded the Jews to fast from liquids and foods for three days. This would be 72 hours. I believe that’s the time limit God set for us to observe and I would not recommend anyone abstain from liquids for more than that! It’s extremely dangerous.
“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”
– Daniel 10:2-3
In this scenario, Daniel only conducted a partial fast. He didn’t abstain from all foods or liquids. Instead, he chose to fast from select foods such as pleasant foods or desserts.
There may be times when God directs you to do a partial fast.
Just like prayer, fasting can be done in a group setting. At times, this is more effective depending on what your objective is. God moves when His people cry out to Him and there’s great power in unity.
I definitely believe we should fast on our own as well. However, if God is calling His people together to organize a fast for a desired spiritual result, we should obey Him. Group fasting is a spiritual weapon and has been used many times throughout the Bible. Don’t allow the enemy to steal this valuable tool from you!
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