FASTING

FASTING ONE PAGE
Condensed from “What does God say about Fasting”
By Gerald R. Mann © Tnm Ministries 2001

WHY FAST?
Biblical fasting centers on spiritual activity and purposes.
Hunger strikes are for political power.
• To draw near to the Father (Jesus, Daniel)
• To seek the Fathers Will (Esther, the Church in Acts, Jehoshaphat)
• To confess and express repentance (Nineveh)
• To express grief (David, David’s army, The nation of Israel)
• To show concern for the ministry of others and the body
(Nehemiah, Daniel, Paul)
• To strengthen our prayer life (Anna, Daniel)

WHAT FASTING IS NOT
• A spiritual hunger strike
• The forcing of God to do our will

JESUS ON FASTING
• Expected Matthew 6:16-17
• Be normal and natural Matthew 6:16-17
see also Matthew 9:14-15,
Mark 2:18-20, Luke 5: 33-35

TYPES OF FAST
Normal No Food just water Luke 4:2
Partial Abstaining from certain foods Daniel 1:12,10:3, Matthew 3:4
Absolute No food or water Ezekiel 10:6, Esther 4:16, Acts 9:9
Supernatural Empowered by the Spirit to fast longer than forty days Moses Deuteronomy 9:9, Elijah Luke 19:8

ADMONITIONS
• A spiritual discipline unto the father
• What drives you will be revealed
• Bathe each day in prayer

MOTIVES
“The worth of fasting, as of any other act, lies in the devotion of which it
is the expression. Without such devotion it is of its self meaningless.”
H. Guthrie Jr.

“Fasting must have a spiritual purpose- a God-centered purpose…”
Donald Whitney