Jesus said some problems are solved by prayer and fasting “as this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” So in Matthew 17:21, Bible says demon was not cast out by apostles who asked why? Jesus said, some challenges will ONLY move after prayer and fasting. Jesus, the perfect SON of God without sin fasted 40 days and nights before He chose His 12 apostles and launched His ministry. And with God all things are possible but evil stubborn demons go only by prayer and fasting. Authority and POWER given to Jesus’ disciples to cast out demons, raise the dead and heal the sick yet could not deliver a boy. Jesus said this kind comes out by prayer and fasting in Mark 9:28, 29. The Child of God must be prepared before fighting such spiritual battles in the Name of Jesus. Moses fasted 40 days on mountain to receive commandments from God made of the stone tablets in Deuteronomy 9:9-18. Moses did not eat food or drink water but returned from mountain of God to see people worship idols. Moses angrily broke the tablets of stone so went again on the mountain to fast another 40 days in Deuteronomy 9:18, 25, 26; 10:10 for the new tablets of stone of the 10 Commandments of God.
David Fasted for Child’s Illness – 2 Samuel 12:1-23
David’s adultery with Bathsheba made her pregnant after husband Uriah was killed so he took her as his wife. Nathan the prophet confronts David of his sin, he confessed and repented in 2 Samuel 12:1-14. David told by prophet the child would die after prophet left, the young boy became ill. David went into prayer and fasting for his son. He knew God said the child would die, but hoped to find grace in the eyes of God. David refused to eat while child was ill after seventh day his son died, David’s servants told him child died, cleaned himself stopped mourning and began to eat once in 2 Samuel 12:15-20. Servants were surprised by actions of king David who said the child died nothing could be done. He will see his son again in Heaven in 2 Samuel 12:23. The book of Jonah shows God sends His prophets to the nations to repent of sin. They took warnings of Jonah prophecies seriously so prayed and fasted for the forgiveness from God. This message to the people of Nineveh in Book of Jonah 3:4 is that God wants to use this example to His people to tell them to pray to Seek God’s Face. The king humbled himself joined fast so wore sackcloth to pray with the people to ask God to forgive them. We learn Grace of God, Mercy, HIS Compassion, Forgiveness and life lessons of attitudes, humility and HIS LOVE in the book. God surprised Jonah to change his mind not to be a preacher seeking revenge, eye for eye tooth for tooth vengeance but to forgive because God forgave Jonah and did not let him drown. Jonah was ready to take action for God to destroy them like Elijah on mount Carmel only to be shocked God forgave them. Jesus is the appointed judge of all nations to reward those who love God but punish all who hate Jesus HIS ONLY WAY to YAHWEH. Isaiah 58 : 1-12 says Cry aloud, spare not lift your voice like a trumpet to show my people their transgression and house of Jacob their sins. 3 They Seek ME daily and delight to know MY Ways as a nation that did righteousness and forsook not the ordinance of their God. They ask of ME the ordinances of justice they take delight in approaching to God. 4 Why did we fast they say and YOU see it not? Why did we afflict our soul and you did not take notice? In the day of your fast you find pleasure exact all your labours.Behold you fast for strife, debate, smite with the fist of wickedness and fast as you do this day to make your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is such a fast what I CHOSE for a day a man afflicts his soul? To bow down his head as bulrush and spread sackcloth and ashes under him yet remain wicked? Is this kind of a fast day acceptable to the LORD? 6 Is it not better if fast chosen is to lose bands of wickedness to undo heavy burdens and let oppressed go free to break every yoke? 7 Do you share your bread with the hungry and bring the poor outside into your house? When you see the naked do you cover him or hide yourself from your own flesh and blood? If you are kind 8 your Light will break forth as morning and your HEALTH shall spring forth speedily and your righteousness shall go before you and the GLORY of the LORD shall be your REWARD. 9 Then if you call, the LORD shall ANSWER; when you cry, HE shall say, Here I AM. If you take away from you the yoke of putting forth your finger and speaking vanity. 10 And if you draw out your soul to the hungry and satisfy afflicted souls; then shall your light rise from obscurity and your righteousness as noonday. 11 The LORD shall guide you continually, and satisfy your SOUL in drought and make fat your BONES: and you shall be like a well watered garden and like the spring of water whose waters fail not. 12 And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places you shall raise foundations of MANY Generations; and you shall be called repairer of the breach restorer of paths to dwell in.
Elijah Fasted to Escape Jezebel – 1 Kings 19:4-8
Jezebel threatened to kill the prophet Elijah after he won a great victory over the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Elijah fled to Beer-sheba where he left his servant. Then traveled another day into the wilderness. Elijah found a juniper tree and rested. He prayed to God to allow him to die. He did not really want to die. If he did he could have stayed where he was and let the queen take care of him. Elijah was very discouraged and lay down for a nap. An angel came and fed him in 1 Kings 19:5, 6. Elijah took the food and then went back to sleep. After being fed by the angel a second time, Elijah prepared for a great journey. The Bible says that Elijah traveled for 40 days in the strength of food until he arrived at Mount Horeb in 1 Kings 19:7, 8. This is same mountain where Moses received the 10 Commandments. It was called Mount Sinai during Moses’ time.
Ezra Fasted Mourning Over Sin – Ezra 10:6-17
The Jews returned to their land Israel after Babylonian captivity. Yet they had disobeyed God’s laws during captivity. Ezra gathered the people together to confront them for their sins. Ezra 10:6 does not say specifically how long his fast was there is indication that it lasted 3 days while waiting for the people to gather. The Bible does tell us that he did not eat any bread and only drank water during this fast. He fasted because he was mourning the sins of those who had been carried away from Israel but had finally returned. They had copied idol worship and mingled with ONE TRUE GOD’S LOVE AND POWER of Authority. Many served God but practiced occult idol rituals copied. Therefore he had to teach them Torah and Bible commands of pure dedication to God. In return God promised in HIS Covenant to listen and hear their prayer to answer them. This principle is still the same today because Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. God is actively involves in the affairs of the earth so expects first to be consulted before taking any actions not seen psychics or fortune tellers. So God forbids HIS Children not to be involved in necromancy or any palm reading but read His WORDS for wisdom. Mixture of HIS worship with idolatory is reason HE sent enemies to defeat them to repent. GOD’S GOSPEL MESSAGE includes all the nations not just Israel so people are to repent by prayer and fasting to break curses after accepting Jesus Christ.
Esther Fasts for Safety of the Jews – Esther 4:15-17
Mordecai heard that the Jews were to be exterminated from the kingdom of Ahasuerus. This kingdom stretched from India to Ethiopia in Esther 1:1. The reason for the genocide was because one man, Haman, did not like Mordecai and his family. He felt Mordecai did not show him proper respect. Esther a Jew but Haman did not know this. Mordecai came to his cousin Esther to ask her to petition the king to spare Jews. Because of royal tradition, not appropriate for Esther to enter king’s court without an invitation. Even as queen she could be killed approaching the king without an invitation in Esther 4:11. Mordecai told Esther that God may have given her the position in the kingdom that she had for sole purpose of saving Jewish race in Esther 4:14. She agreed to approach king, but she asked Mordecai to spread the word to the Jews that they should fast for 3 days without food or drink. She fasted in the same manner. Esther accepted in presence of king and the Jewish people were saved.
Darius Fasts For Safety of Daniel – Daniel 6:18-23
King Darius was tricked into signing a law that put his friend Daniel in grave danger. A law was proposed that for 30 days no one could pray to, or ask help from any deity or power except the king. The men who wrote the law knew that Daniel prayed three times a day to God. They had the king sign the law so that they could trap Daniel and get rid of him from the kingdom (Daniel 6:4-9). The punishment for this crime was to be cast into a den of lions. Daniel seen praying to God. He was brought before the king who had no ability to back out of the law even though Daniel was his friend. King Darius hoped Daniel’s God is Powerful enough to save Daniel from being eaten. Darius went to his home and fasted in Daniel 6:18. The Bible does not say what this fast included but it seems to indicate it was more than just food. We are told that the king did not allow music to be played that night. He also did not sleep. The king forfeited more than food for his fast. King Darius was relieved to find Daniel survived the night in the lion’s den. Daniel’s enemies out if jealousy plotted to kill him but in the end they fell into the trap set against Daniel. The king ordered all the wicked men and their families to be thrown in the lions den and they perished mauled by the lions. Daniel’s loyalty to God and his friend realised the evil plans of the enemies against Daniel. Those who are under attack by such enemies need to pray and fast for God’s Intervention in Jesus Name. Darius proclaimed Daniel’s God is the TRUE God. The king declared God’s POWER is GREATER than all other kingdoms of the earth. He proclaimed God’s KINGDOM will be established forever in Daniel 6:25-28.
Daniel Fasts for Answer to Prayer – Daniel 10:1-3
Daniel fasted and prayed to understand of a vision in Daniel 10. Verses 2 and 3 tell us fasted 3 weeks. The vision Daniel saw show what becomes of people of God in the future. Daniel’s 70 years end time visions are still happening on the earth because Daniel abstained from “pleasant bread,” meat, and wine. And Daniel’s other fast in Daniel 1:12, 15, 16, called “Daniel fast” only eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains and water. There are variety of foods appropriate for fast generally accepted guidelines. It is not the food or water abstained from or length of fast that moves God but the humble pure heart who desires to draw close to God and in return God Draws closer to reveal HIS SECRETS and future events to all those who want to know in advance to prepare against evil times. A fasting is time set aside entirely to Seek the Face of God by prayer, worship, and meditations. In the busy concrete jungle settings of life and noise pollution it can be hard to focus exclusively on God. Too many distractions, adverts are vying for your attention and time so its necessary to retreat and reflect privately in prayer for clarity of mind to hear God properly. Others depend on family and friends for advise but for spiritual warfare Jesus says fast and pray first and from time to time to grow and mature from baby Christian to a seasoned soldier of Christ.
Jesus Fasts in wilderness chose 12 – Matthew 4:1-2
Before Jesus was tempted by Satan and before He started His public ministry, He fasted 40 days. The Bible says that Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness in Matthew 4:1 purpose of Christ 40 days and nights was to choose 12 apostles before a personal attack by satan. Jesus defeats satan although was hungry spiritually prepared for such a temptation that followed. A literal 40 days and nights fast took place so Jesus didn’t eat or drink. The number of days is symbolic in Bible to God and purpose or motive fasting means different things to different people. Jesus did exactly the best fast for His calling so is empowered by God to start His ministry. This fasting is possible so many people today do not eat and drink depending on assignment. These options and other options depend on a person considering fasting to God for strength to serve God to do miracles. The main point is Jesus taught disciples in scriptures to fast, to cast out demons, to raise the dead and heal the sick. That is why Jesus Mastered physical desires by not eating and drinking for Spiritual Strength, Authority, POWER over satan. The Kingdom of God suffers violence so the Spiritually violent command devil to take it by force in Jesus Name. So Jesus’ wonderful example is a command to the believers to continue apostolic ministry of Jesus on earth until Rapture and His Return to Reign and Rule all nations.
Paul Fasted After His Conversion – Acts 9:1-9
Paul persecuted faithful Christians by permission from the Jewish leadership to go to Damascus and arrest anyone who claims allegiance to Christ. On the way to Damascus Saul name is changed to Paul had personal encounter with the Lord on road to Damascus. Encounters bright light which blinded Paul, stays in Damascus, 3 days, did not eat or drink water in Acts 9:9 in repentance for all evil things he did. Paul built very strong relationship with the Lord. So in Acts 19 : 11-20, God did Special Miracles by the hands of Paul 12 from his body brought to the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and diseases departed from them and evil spirits went out of them. 13 But certain vagabond Jews, exorcists called people with evil spirits in the name of the Lord Jesus, saying we command you by Jesus Paul preached to come out. 14 So seven sons of Sceva, a Jew and chief priest’s sons did so. 15 And evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you? 16 The man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them and overcame them, and prevailed against them so they fled out of house naked and wounded. 17 This was known to all Jews and Greeks dwelling at Ephesus so fear fell on them and the Name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. 18 And many believed came and confessed and show their deeds. 19 Many who used magic or spells brought their books and burned them before all men: and they counted the price, fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So mightily grew the WORD of GOD and Prevailed. The seven sons of Sceva couldn’t deliver the man who beat and stripped them naked because they tried to copy Jesus and Paul’s Special miracles without fasting and prayer. Others tried but the evil spirits entered them and so they had to be delivered themselves. Do not tackle demons unless trained to do so. A Gadarene demoniac had thousand demons called legion cast out entered pigs drowned in the sea in Galilee. So do not underestimate deliverance ministry to copy what you see others doing. Pray and fast and ask God to give Grace to do SPECIAL MIRACLES like Paul and Jesus and other pastors anointed today in the deliverance ministry.
Church Elders in Antioch Fast Send Missionaries – Acts 13:1-3
Barnabas took Paul to Antioch so elders knew Barnabas actively worked to train Paul in teachings of Christianity. After a time of fasting and prayer Holy Spirit told leaders of the church to separate Paul and Barnabas for a special work in Acts 13:2, 3. These two men were sent from the church as first missionaries. Barnabas and Paul began missionary journey by preaching everywhere they went. Many more examples of fasting in the Bible but 10 above gives you insight to various reasons and types of fasts the Bible teaches. Jesus said during endtime evil unseen before and never after will take place on earth. The Churches deal with testimonies of delivered believers who share details of occult evil world they thought was helping them. As the devil’s end approaches has intensified evil attacks because time is short. This means Christians must wake up to pray and fast for GOD to SHORTEN evil days or nobody will live on earth. Prayer and fasting strengthens and empowers the believer to be in higher realms with God to defeat devil. Charles Wesley will not ordain a Methodist minister unless they commit to pray and fast on Wednesdays and Fridays every week. Yet the spirit of gluttonic partying to prove prosperous by properity gospel means obesity is the battle faced even by the Church. Prayer and fasting detoxes body and is good for health. Fasting depends on reasons for a fast, types of needs for fasting depends on physical health of person fasting. Do you have example of fasting in scripture insightful in your life? Tell us in comments below.
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