Five More Scriptures on Fasting, Kind James Version Bible

  • Joel 2:12-13 Therefore, also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God:  for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
  • Esther 4:3  And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
  • Jeremiah 36:6  Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the Lord in the ears of the people in the Lord’s house upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.
  • Nehemiah 9:1  Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them.
  • 1 Corinthians 7:5  Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and praying; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
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This is 1st Five Biblical Fast out of 35 of the Bible – King James Verision

  • 1 King 21:27 – (Ahab)  And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.
  • Luke 2:37 –  (Anna) And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not them the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day.
  • Acts 14:23  (Many Churches)–  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.
  • Acts 9:9  (Paul) – And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
  • 1 Samuel 31:13  (Israel) – And they took their bones, and buried them, under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

Fasting must be done carefully or it could cause death.

  • “Death occurs if fasting is pursued to the point of complete starvation. People have died from a Liquid Modified Protein Diet during which they lost an average of 35% of their body weight over a 5 month period.[1]”

 

  • “Changes in blood chemistry during fasting, in combination with certain medications, may have dangerous effects, such as increased chance of acetaminophen poisoning in people with hepatotoxicity.[2] Excessive fasting for calorie restrictive purposes, accompanied by intense fears of becoming overweight, are associated with mental disturbances, including anorexia nervosa.”

Religions That Fast

Jentezen Franklin, says a biblical fast is not about not eating food, nor starvation a biblical fast is abstaining from food for a spiritual break through.  Cindy Trimm, also believes a biblical fast is not eating or drinking food and liquids for a certain period of time.

 

  • As Jesus taught His disciples, “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it.  It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint.  If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly” (Matt. 6:16).

 

  • Christians are not the only ones who benefits from fasting.  Other religions believe fasting is important is important for the “inward practice.”  As we see from this quote taken from the Koran,  “To fast is better for you, if  only you knew it” (2:18), fasting is best practiced in the privacy of ones own heart.

 

  • Mahatma (which means “Great Soul”)  Gandhi, a proclaimed Buddhist and avid faster, stated, ” What the eyes are for the outer world, fasts are for the inner.”  He continues, “Fasting will bring spiritual rebirth to those of you who cleanse and purify your bodies.  The light of the world will illuminate within you when you fast and purify yourself.”

 

  • In the Bahá’í Faith, fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset during the Bahá’í month of `Ala’ (March 2 – March 20).[21] Bahá’u’lláh established the guidelines in the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. It is the complete abstaining from both food and drink during daylight hours (including abstaining from smoking).

In the first half of the 20th century, Shoghi Effendi, explains: “It is essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recuperation, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate the spiritual forces latent in his soul. Its significance and purpose are, therefore, fundamentally spiritual in character. Fasting is symbolic, and a reminder of abstinence from selfish and carnal desires.”[22]