7 Different Types of Biblical Fasting
Hey everyone, I hope January was a great month for you but I pray February is EVEN GREATER! January, for me, was all about getting involved in 21 days of prayer and fasting.
Growing up I always saw family members fasting and then as I got older I started fasting but I actually did not understand how to do it and why to do it and I know a few others have messaged to say the same. This is why I decided to write todays blog post on 7 different types of Biblical fasting that you can participate in.
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A 40-Day Complete Fast (No Food or Water)
Moses and Jesus, both give us examples of a 40-day complete fast.
(Exodus 34:28 and Matthew 4:2)
*Consult your doctor before fasting from all food and water for more than 24 hours.
2. A Complete Fast
The duration of a complete fast could range from part of a day to an entire day to several days or weeks. This was the most common in the scripture. (Ezra 8:21-23)
Ie: 12am – 12pm
3am – 3pm
6am – 6pm
Begin your day in praise and worship.
Read and meditate on God’s Word, preferably on your knees.
Invite the Holy Spirit to work in you to will and to do His good pleasure according to Philippians 2:13.
Invite God to use you. Ask Him to show you how to influence your world, your family, your church, your community, your country, and beyond.
Pray for His vision for your life and empowerment to do His will.
Return to prayer and God’s Word.
Take a short prayer walk.
Spend time in intercessory prayer for your community’s and nation’s leaders, for the world’s unreached millions, for your family or special needs.
Get alone for an unhurried time of “seeking His face.”
If others are fasting with you, meet together for prayer.
Avoid television or any other distraction that may dampen your spiritual focus.
3. A Partial Fast
A partial fast can also vary in duration from part of a day to weeks. While the complete fast abstains from all food for a time, a partial fast abstains from certain foods or drinks for the time. The most common partial fasting is often called a 3-day spiritual fast while others fast 10 days, 14 days, 21 days, 30 days or even 40 days. (Daniel 1:12)
In Daniel, we see believers who ate only fruit, veggies and drank water for 10 days to honor God while in captivity.
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4. The Daniel Fast is a partial fast
The basic idea behind this fast is to have no meat/fish, no carbohydrates (you can have brown rice, whole meal pasta/grains), no alcohol, no sugar/honey etc, for 21 days. (Daniel 10:3)
Check this website if you want to find out more information on the Daniel Fast : https://ultimatedanielfast.com/ultimate-daniel-fast-food-guidelines/
5. A Non-Food Fast
For those of us with a medical condition, the non-food fast is the safest way to practice this spiritual discipline. In Scripture, we see several examples of non-food fasts.
Oils (Daniel 10:3)
Sex (1 Corinthians 7:5; Exodus 19:15)
Unholy things such as foods, items, people, places, practices, etc. – (Joshua 3:5)
6. Group Fasting
This type of fasting can be a variation of any of the different types of Biblical fasting. The point is that everyone is fasting about the same thing but in different ways.
Lent is a 40-day fast that believers join in together preceding Easter every year. Christians all over the world fast to prepare their hearts to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
Over a need in the Church or the salvation of a loved one.
Over marriages or children.
This concept is also very powerful because when two or more are gathers in His name is great! (Matthew 18:20)
7. Isolation Fast
While Jesus does not give us a detailed outline of things to abstain from during a fast, He does show us how effective isolation is for fasting. Jesus often withdrew from His disciples to spend time alone with God (Luke 5:16).
Time alone with God is hard to find but it is one of the most effective of all the different types of Biblical fasting. In the 21st Century, time alone with God could look like:
No other people around
Your Bible (no Bible app with ads to distract you)
A notebook (no tablet to distract you)
No Music – unless worship
No social media
Alone. In solitude. No distractions from hearing God’s voice. This type of fasting takes practice and great planning to achieve. Time alone with God is powerful for reaching Spiritual Breakthrough!
We recommend planning this and possibly booking a hotel/accommodation away.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post.
Comment down below which ones you have done before or which ones you have never heard of before.
Thank you for reading,
Lots of Love,
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