Fasting Is Biblical
The practice of regular fasting as normal Christian behavior was taught by Jesus (Mt. 6:16–17, 9:15),
exercised by the early church (Acts 13:2), and has been the regular discipline of believers throughout
church history. The practice of fasting in Scripture usually includes, but is not limited to, abstinence
from food (Dan. 10:3) and may be engaged in for varying durations—typically for no more than a few
days at a time.
Abstaining from all food for extended periods of time is biblical, but was rare and unusual in Scripture
(Ex. 34:28; 1 Kgs. 19:5-8; Lk. 4:2), and thus should never be undertaken without counsel and
appropriate supervision. The same standard applies to an absolute fast (Esther fast—no food or water
for three days) of any duration (Est. 4:16). The maximum length of an adult fast that is biblically
supported is forty days without food, for a male adult in good health, and three days without water.
The Bible does not speak of children engaging in fasting food. ( IHOP Fasting )
As we enter into our 2014 21 Days of Prayer with Fasting, we want to be wise about fasting. Here are some great resources on how to fast and why we fast.
A Hunger for God by John Piper
Fasting: Opening the Door to a More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship with God, by Jentezen Franklin
The Rewards of Fasting, Mike Bickle and Dana Candler
Fast Forward, Lou Engle
Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting, Derek Prince
God’s Chosen Fast, Arthur Wallis
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