Soul Care: Week of Fasting

Fasting, for the Christian, is the practice of abstaining from food for a spiritual purpose. Followers of Jesus may also fast for spiritual reasons from other things such as “screen time” or even from physical intimacy from their husband or wife. Fasting should be a spiritual habit in every believer’s life.

Jesus fasted and he expected that his followers would also fast… “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” ― Jesus, Matthew 6:16-18 (ESV)

Purposes and Benefits of Fasting for Spiritual Purposes

  • Strengthen Prayer—Ezra 8:23, Joel 2:12, Acts 13:3
  • Seek Guidance—Acts 13:2; Acts 14:23
  • Express Grief—Judges 20:26; 1 Samuel 31:13; 2 Samuel 1:11-12
  • Seek Deliverance & Protection—2 Chronicles 10:3-4; Ezra 4:16
  • Express Repentance & Return to God—1 Samuel 7:6; Joel 2:12
  • Humble Yourself—1 Kings 21:27-29; Psalm 35:13
  • Desire & Concern for the Work of God—Neh 1:3-4; Daniel 9:3
  • Ministering to Others—Isaiah 58
  • Overcome Temptation—Matthew 4:1-11
  • Express Love & Worship to God—Zechariah 7:5; Luke 2:37

TIP: If you find fasting from food difficult (as many do), begin by fasting from one meal or from 6:00pm one day to 6:00pm the next day.

Always consult your physician for health conditions that would be affected by a food fast