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Do You Practice Fasting? (2 of 4)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
October 23, 1996
I for one look forward to spending Wednesday night with you! The fellowship is wonderful. The food is tasty! And you get all you want! And I hope that you enjoy these Wednesday nights as much as I do.
Now that we've had a good meal and everyone is full and satisfied, I want to speak to you tonight about fasting! Did you know that fasting is mentioned in the Bible nearly as much as baptism? In fact, you'll find that Moses fasted, David fasted, Elijah fasted, Hannah fasted, Paul fasted, John's disciples fasted, the Pharisees fasted, Daniel fasted, and our Lord fasted. And I'm asking you: Do you practice fasting? And if not, why not? Should you fast?
Now, I can hear some of you thinking, "Pastor, why are you talking tonight about fasting?" Well, because for several weeks I've been speaking to you about prayer! And in the Bible, prayer and fasting often times go together!
Psm 35.13, "But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; and my prayer would return to my own heart."
1 Cor 7.5, "Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer, and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self- control."
Mark 9.29, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting."
Prayer and fasting! Now, a hand can operate without a glove but a glove cannot operate without a hand. And in the same way you can pray without fasting but fasting should be linked with prayer!
Now, what does it mean to fast? Well, fasting is when a Christian abstains from food for spiritual purposes. Did you know that there are different types of fasts? Well, there are! Let me give them to you.
... Normal Fast, Matthew 4.1-2, Jesus abstained from food.
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