Fasting, according to the bible, means to voluntarily reduce or eliminate your intake of food for specific time and purpose. The following are the three main biblical purposes of fasting that you should know.
On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and having dust on their heads. Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the wickedness of their Fathers. Nehemiah 9:1-2.
2) Jesus expects us to fast.
Matthew 6:16-18. "When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, out oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Jesus is very clear here. He chose to say "when you fast", which proves that we are supposed to fast.
3) To express grief.
Expressing grief is one of the primary Purposes of fasting. 2 Samuel 1:12. They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for soul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the Lord and the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
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