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Fasting

Fasting is withholding food from the body and is a method used to seek and draw 
closer to God spiritually.  Fasting for spiritual benefits should be done privately 
and in secret. Fasting can consist of a partial limited diet or absolute no food or drink diet.  
The Bible tells us that one should fast and that one should have true motives for fasting, 
such as seeking God, for situations or intercede for others.


Matthew
004:001 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the
devil.
004:002 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an
hungred.
006:016 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for
they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto
you, They have their reward.
006:017 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
006:018 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret:
and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
009:014 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the
Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
009:015 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as
long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom
shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
009:016 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is
put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.
017:014 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain
man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
017:015 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes
he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
017:016 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
017:017 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how
long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
017:018 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was
cured from that very hour.
017:019 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast
him out?
017:020 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto
you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain,
Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be
impossible unto you.
017:021 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Luke
004:002 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing:
and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
Luke
002:036 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe
of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her
virginity;
002:037 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not
from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
002:038 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and
spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

Acts
009:008 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: 
but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. 
009:009 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. 
013:001 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and
teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene,
and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
013:002 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate
me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
013:003 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they
sent them away.
014:023 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed
with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.
027:009 Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous,
because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them,

Psalms
035:013 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled
my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
069:010 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.
109:021 But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy
mercy is good, deliver thou me.
109:022 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
109:023 I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as
the locust.
109:024 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.

Ezra
008:021 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict
ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones,
and for all our substance.
008:022 For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen
to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king,
saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power
and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
008:023 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

Zechariah
007:005 Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye
fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye
at all fast unto me, even to me?

Nehemiah
001:004 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and
mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

Job
023:012 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed 
the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. 

Daniel
001:008 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the 
portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested 
of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
 
Isaiah
058:006 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, 
to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every 
yoke? 
058:007 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that 
are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that 
thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 
058:008 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health 
shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory 
of the LORD shall be thy rereward. 



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