Memory Text - Isaiah 58:6
The Bible clearly shows that prayer is definitely
linked with fasting. Biblical fasting is intensified prayer. Things
are accomplished through prayer with fasting which cannot be accomplished
by prayer alone. "However, this kind does not go out except
by prayer and fasting." Matthew 17:21 Remember: Adam and Eve
plunged the entire human race into sin over food.
WHAT ARE SOME BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF FASTING?
a. Moses - 40 days. Exodus 24:17-18, Deuteronomy 9:9
b. Elijah - 40 days. I Kings 19:8
c. Jesus - 40 days. Matthew 4:2; Luke 4:2
NOTE: Moses and Elijah fasted 40 days without
food or water. They were supernaturally sustained by the presence
of God. These were God-directed fasts. We should not attempt to
imitate them unless it is clearly commanded by God.
a. Esther fasted three days and nights without food or water.
b. Paul fasted three days. Acts 9:9
c. Paul fasted often. II Corinthians 11:27
d. David fasted 7 days without food. II Samuel 12:16-18
Pleasant Food Fast:
a. Daniel fasted 21 days without sweetened food. Daniel 10:1-3
a. Israel had special days of fasting, especially the Fast Day
Atonement. Numbers 29:7; Acts 27:9. This was a day of affliction
b. The church at Antioch fasted. Acts 13:2
ARE THERE OTHER EXAMPLES OF FASTING ?
Yes: Any kind of self-denial, if done with the
proper motivation and attitude, can be considered a form of
fasting and discipline. I Corinthians 7:5
a. Denying yourself certain foods.
a. Reading nothing but the Word of God.
CAN WE HAVE THE WRONG MOTIVE IN FASTING?
Yes! the Bible speaks of those whose motives were
wrong, and their
fasting was in vain. Some people try to bargain with God and impress
others with their fasting.
a. The King of Israel, Ahab, fasted with evil motives. I Kings
b. The Jews fasted to themselves, not to the Lord. Zechariah 7:1-14
c. The Pharisees fasted twice a week, hypocritically. Matthew
9:14; Luke 18:12
WHAT IS THE PROPER MOTIVE IN FASTING?
Isaiah 58 is called "the fasting chapter."
It gives us a description of the proper fast before God. Note especially
verses 6-7, and the promises of God which follow in verses 8-14.
This chapter shows the proper motivation for a fast is to humble
ourselves and to discipline our souls.
HOW ARE WE TO FAST?
a. Fast unto the Lord, not unto men like the Pharisees
did, disfiguring their faces. Matthew 6:16-18
b. Humble ourselves with fasting. Psalm 35:13
c. Correct with discipline our souls in prayer and fasting. Psalm
d. Fast with pure motivation. Isaiah 58:6-7
e. Fasting and prayer should not be used as "works"
to earn something from God, but to bring ourselves into line with
His Word and will.
NOTE: If a believer cannot take an extended fast, it is
good to fast one or two meals, when possible, and devote this
time to prayer. It is also wise to drink plenty of water during
fasting for cleansing purposes. It is absolutely important to
PRAY in order
to receive the full benefit God intended in FASTING.
WHEN SHOULD WE FAST?
a. When directed by the Spirit of God. Luke 4:1-2
b. When we know as individuals that we need to. Matthew 6:16-18
c. When the Church as a whole is called to fast for special occasions.
Joel 1:14, 2:15-16
WHAT ARE SOME RESULTS TO FASTING IN BIBLE TIMES?
a. A nation was delivered from death. Esther 4:16
b. The city of Nineveh was saved from divine judgment. Jonah 3:5
c. Demon spirits were cast out. Matthew 17:14-21
d. Elders were ordained. Acts 14:23
e. The will of the Lord was revealed. Acts 9:9-15. "The Spirit
said..." as they ministered to the Lord and fasted. Acts
WHY SHOULD WE FAST
a. In obedience to God's Word. Joel 2:12; Matthew
b. To receive God's grace and power. Ezra 8:23, 31; II Chronicles
c. To overcome temptation. Luke 4:1-2, 14; Matthew 9:15-17
d. To be cleansed from sin. Jonah 3:5; Daniel 9:3; I Samuel 7:6;
e. To weaken the flesh and receive spiritual power. II Corinthians
12:9-10; Psalm 109:24
f. To accomplish God's will. Acts 13:3, 14:23
g. To find help in difficult situations. II Samuel 12:16; Esther
h. To find God's direction. Ezra 8:21, 23
i. To obtain Divine revelation. Daniel 1:8-17, 10:7-8
Memory Text __________________________
The Bible clearly shows that prayer is definitely
linked with_____________________. Biblical fasting is
REMEMBER: Adam and Eve plunged the entire human
race into sin over __________________.
Define these types of fasts:
Prophet's Fast. ____________ without food and water.
Total Fast. ______ food or water during fast.
Pleasant Food Fast. Not eating any _______________
Group Fast. When more than two agree to fast _______________.
Partial Fast. Denying yourself _________________ foods.
Mental Fast. _________________ nothing but the word
What are some wrong motives for fasting?
Trying to ______________ with God and to ___________________others.
What are the right motives in fasting?
_______________ ourselves, ______________________
How are we to fast?
a. Fast unto the ______________ and not unto men.
b. Humble ourselves with ___________________.
c. ________________ with discipline our souls with
prayer and fasting.
d. Fast with ________________ motivation.
e. Fasting and prayer should not be used as _______________
to earn something from God.
When should we fast?
1. When _______________ by the Holy Spirit.
2. When we know as ____________________ that we
need to fast.
3. When the _____________________ as a whole is
called to fast for special occasions
Answers: Isaiah 58:6; Fasting, Intensified;
Food; 40 Days; No;
Sweetened; Together; Certain; Reading; Bargain;
Disciplining; Lord; Fasting; Correct; Pure; Works;
Directed; Individuals; Church