The Christian Life: Examples of Fasting in the Bible

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The bible is rife with examples of men and women who sought God’s counsel and used one of the powerful tools of spiritual warfare, that of fasting.

Moses Fasted Before Receiving the Commandments – Deuteronomy 9:9-18

Moses fasted for 40 days when he went up to the mountain to receive the commandments. When he came down and broke the commandments because the people sinned, he went back up and fasted 40 more days.

Elijah Fasted While Escaping Jezebel – 1 Kings 19:4-8

Elijah after his confrontation and victory over Jezebel’s false prophets was fed by an angel twice and then he journeyed to Mount Horeb for 40 days without food. So he fasted for 40 days.

Esther Fasted for the Safety of the Jews – Esther 4:15-17

When the entire Jewish race was threatened by genocide, Queen Esther fasted before approaching the King and asking for his help in saving the Jewish people.

Darius Fasted For the Safety of Daniel – Daniel 6:18-23

When Daniel was accused of breaking King Darius’ law and was thrown into the lion’s den; the king himself did not sup that night and fasted until he was assured of Daniel’s safety the next day.

Daniel Fasted for an Answer to Prayer – Daniel 10:1-3

Daniel fasted many times, especially in seeking an answer from God, for the visions he saw. He received a direct answer via the angel Gabriel.

Jesus Fasted before He commenced His ministry – Matthew 4:1-2

Before the devil approached Jesus, Jesus, fasted for 40 days in the desert. After which he began His ministry here on earth.

Be Encouraged

It is important that we endeavor to recuperate and fast properly when we become spiritually exhausted; or avoid the occurrence, entirely. It is important that we adopt the Christian lifestyle practice, of fasting and connecting frequently to the Vine.

Meditate on God’s Word

Many Christians struggle daily to live according to God’s word. But we need daily nourishment. That is why it is important to read your bible daily; even if it is a few verses and meditate on them.

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  8. The Christian Life: Day 100 Spiritual Exhaustion & Why Fasting is Necessary


About the writer:
Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 40 fiction and non-fiction books. She is also a trainer and mentors aspiring writers towards achieving their goals.

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