Fasting is a spiritual practice (AKA "spiritual discipline") found throughout Scripture. Fasting is a way for people of faith to take the time and attention they'd normally give to certain activities (e.g. food preparation, eating, food clean-up, sex, etc.) and give it to prayer instead.
Here are my "Top 10 Bible Passages" on fasting:
- Old Testament: 2 Chronicles 20:3-4, Ezra 8:21-23, Psalm 109:21-26, Isaiah 58:1-7, Joel 2:12-13
- New Testament: Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 17:14-21, Acts 14:21-23, 1 Corinthians 7:2-5, 2 Corinthians 11:22-28
Here are some good websites to get started with fasting:
Some research has pointed to potential health benefits of fasting:
What are we challenging people to do the next few weeks at Grace? Check it out: