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*What Does the Bible Say About Spiritual Fasting?*
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In the Old Testament, God commanded Israel to observe several set times of
fasting. For New Testament believers, fasting was neither commanded nor
forbidden in the Bible. While early Christians were not required to fast,
many practiced prayer and fasting regularly. Jesus himself affirmed in Luke
5:35 that after his death fasting would be appropriate for his followers.
Spiritual fasting clearly has a place and a purpose for God's people today.
-What is Spiritual Fasting?-
In most cases, a spiritual fast involves abstaining from food while
focusing on prayer. This can mean refraining from snacks between meals,
skipping one or two meals a day, abstaining only from certain foods, or a
total fast from all food for an entire day or longer.
For medical reasons, some people may not be able to fast from food
altogether. They may choose to abstain only from certain foods, like sugar
or chocolate, or from something other than food. In truth, believers can
fast from anything. Doing without something temporarily, such as television
or soda, as a way of redirecting our focus from earthly things toward God,
can also be considered a spiritual fast.
-The Purpose of Spiritual Fasting-
While many people fast to lose weight, dieting is not the purpose of a
spiritual fast. Instead, fasting provides
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