Reasons for Fasting in the Bible

In the message today I mentioned twelve reasons that people in the Bible participated in fasts.  I wanted to post them on the blog in case you missed them, and so you could look up the Scripture texts.

Biblical reasons people fast:

  • To enhance depth in our prayers – Daniel 9:3
  • For self-denial and humility when seeking God – Joel 1:13-14
  • To return to the Lord – Joel 2:12-13
  • As an appropriate response to our forgiveness – Leviticus 16:29
  • To pray for the poor and give to the poor – Isaiah 58:6-8
  • In response to death, suffering, and disaster – 2 Samuel 1:12
  • To seek God in impending danger – Esther 4:16
  • To seek God’s protection – Ezra 8:21-23
  • To find and set forth leaders – Acts 14:23
  • To seek God’s direction and will – Acts 13:1-4
  • To create a deep hunger for God and feed that hunger – Matthew 4:1-4

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