Fasting: What Is It?
IS IT BIBLICAL
IS IT FOR TODAY
I. Before Moses received the 10 commandments from God, he fasted and prayed.
Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant - the Ten Commandments.
2.David, a man after God's heart and Israel's greatest king, fasted
When I weep and fast, I must endure scorn;
3.Daniel, seeking God's timetable for the return of God's people from captivity, fasted.
So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
Daniel also purposed in his heart to abstain from eating the king's meat or his wine.
4.Esther Fasted 3 days before risking her life to save the kingdom.
Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.
5.Nehemiah stood alone in prayer and
fasting before rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
6.Hannah fasted and prayed, asking God for a son.
7.Jehosophat called a national fast when threatened by Edom. (II Chron. 20)
8.Ezra called on the nation to fast before returning to the land (Ez. 8:21)
9.Joel called a national fast regarding a plague of locusts (Joel 1:14)
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