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Is It Important To Fast

Do you believe it's important for Christians to fast? Or do you feel it's not important? Why? Or why not?

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 ---Reba on 7/24/11
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hello! ..I really never thought ( health condition) allow me fast much,bout "fasting!"... Not well versed,will study Is.58 thanks! recently,did fast however,emergency came up..a friend here got very ill...I did fast and God answer my prayerQuick! Wow! Thank God! My friend she said she felt God healed her eyes...she was really n lot of pain,she later able to drive & everything! God is wonderfull!
---ELENA on 8/25/11


Yes it is very important for Christians to fast, why?

Because when you fast (Isaiah 58 is the chapter to study on fasting)...when you fast, you starve your flesh so that your spirit rises above your flesh and your spirit gets in control of your flesh.

You should be being ruled by your spirit, not your flesh, fasting fixes that. That's ONLY one reason to fast, there are MANY others. To get an answer from God. To get your breakthrough. For purposes of healing "then your healing will quickly come forth."
---Donna5535 on 7/28/11


i can take my internal prayer and fasting to work. sackcloth and ashes and any other external signs are not part of the dress code.
---aka on 7/28/11


The purpose of all these spiritual exercises, such as prayer and fasting, all have an important physical component.

And they are to get our selves in tune with God and do His will, not to try to put God over a barrel to do what WE want.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/28/11


Ditto,Steveng. I think we're meaning the same thing, just not communicating it very clearly. The important thing in regards to fasting is, follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit to guide you. You'll never go wrong in doing that.
---Reba on 7/27/11




Reba: "I only meant that God never put an exact requirement of a fast for us to follow. He left that up to us."

All of God's word is used for an example. He left nothing for us to guess. We are to use these examples as requirements as needed.
---Steveng on 7/27/11


Steveng, that's true the bible does give examples of fasting. I wasn't clear on what I meant. I only meant that God never put an exact requirement of a fast for us to follow. He left that up to us. Depending on our needs. Thanks for pointing that out.:-)
---Reba on 7/25/11


Reba: "The Bible doesn't give details to the hows or what's to fast or how often,.."

The bible is full of examples of fasting and prayer. It shows how to fast, what to fast for and for how long - depending on your request to God. Do an online KJV bible search for "fast -fasten" and "pray."
---Steveng on 7/25/11


Matthew 6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face,

18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

If you want to fast, it's between you and God and be sure your heart is right with Him. There's no necessity to make this an issue before men.
---christan on 7/25/11


\\ I fasted many times five or six days but my longest fast was for 13 days at the end of which have become very dizzy.
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The ancient Christian writers also tell us that we should not fast to the point it makes us ill.

One purpose of fasting is to humble the flesh to help our spirits get in tune with God. If the flesh is already humbled by certain medical conditions, such as gout, diabetes, or hard manual labor, fasting should be adjusted accordingly. And in Orthodoxy, pregnant or nursing mothers are forbidden to.

Extensive fasts, beyond a day or two, should not be undertaken without spiritual guidance as fasting is in itself ambiguous, as I've already mentioned.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/25/11




//Fasting is denying oneself of worldly things. //

fasting is denying oneself of food in deference to spiritual food.

reasonable service is denying oneself of worldly things besides food. purging is the actual denial.

pray without ceasing.
---aka on 7/25/11


"For when I am weak, then am I strong. I must decrease, and he must increase. Not by power nor by might, but by my Spirit says the Lord. The disciples asked Jesus, Why could we not cast out the demon? And Jesus said to them, This kind goes not out except by prayer and fasting." Mt.17:14-21.
---Eloy on 7/25/11


"Do you believe it's important for Christians to fast?" Absolutely, as led by the Lord, not to be seen Matt 6:17,18
"17But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face, 18That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly."
Why? Denying flesh, feeding the spirit rather then the body, that He might increase, I might decrease, to seek His face, more so than His hand, that more of Christ might be made manifest, glorified, as well as all that goes with that,like freedom, deliverance for self as well as others, that the light of Christ might shine brighter, more effective prayer life...Let God arise.
---chria9396 on 7/25/11


If only you feel lead to fast by God then go for it. Fasting can also give you great disipline and answers to important questions. Also if doing it more than a day seek a doctor to learn physical reactions to not eating and steps to take to prevent health complications. Also many types of fast such as no meat, juice only, pick your type that will not harm you. Even try no facebook, computer, or other for the people who are addicted that stuff.
---Scott on 7/25/11


I had a missionary friend in China who went 40 days and 40 nights without any solid food. He drink only water and came off his fast very slowly starting with fruit juices. It is important to fast? Yes I think so if you are seeking a specific thing from God. I myself was never able to complete a fast of any significance. I fasted many times five or six days but my longest fast was for 13 days at the end of which have become very dizzy.
---mima on 7/25/11


It's so encouraging to see there are still Christians who do fast. It's not often talked about or taught today. The Bible doesn't give details to the hows or what's to fast or how often, but I believe we are to try to fast in order to draw closer to God. I'm sure as long as we are doing some type of "food sacrifice" & praying while fasting, God sees. He knows our limits, like Trish was talking about. Mark 2:20,Luke 5:35 & Matt.5:15 "SHALL FAST" not maybe & Matt. 6:16 says "WHEN YOU FAST" not if. Please continue to post your ideas on this subject. It needs to become the norm with believers. Thanks for all the posts. I really enjoy reading your thoughts on fasting.
---Reba on 7/24/11


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\\but I have periods where I give up a meal and devote myself to prayer during the time I would normally eat. \\

As spiritual writers say, pray and fast as you can, not as you can't.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/24/11


Fasting is an important discipline for believers. Unfortunately, due to serious bouts of anemia, I am unable to fast in the traditional sense, but I have periods where I give up a meal and devote myself to prayer during the time I would normally eat.

Thanks for reminding me.
---Trish9863 on 7/24/11


Fasting is denying oneself of worldly things. It's bringing hunger to your physical body for spiritual matters. Fasting and prayers walk hand in hand. Would you fast for forty days and forty nights to have your prayers answered? Would you turn to God with all your heart with fasting, weeping, and mourning for the speedy recovery of your friend or for your country to bring rain or to protect your country from the wiles of Satan? David set his face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes for a specific purpose.

Do you understand Matthew 9:14-15? 1 Corinthians 7:5?
---Steveng on 7/24/11


Yes it is important to fast. The Bible says to fast, and Jesus and His disciples fasted. This helps you get closer to God, and hear His voice clearer.
---Leslie on 7/24/11


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Fasting should always be done in private - it is not an outward show of discipline

Fasting reminds us that we are dependent on The Father in Heaven for everything through Christ Jesus ...it allows us to take our minds OFF of the temporary and stay focused on spiritual matters

while fasting more prayer and meditating on specific verses or topics in Holy Scripture brings more understanding

When I fast I unplug from the everyday allowing my mind and body to re-energize and for me more time to be grateful for all the little things
---Rhonda on 7/24/11


"Do you believe it's important for Christians to fast?"
This is the fast that the Father has chosen for His children. "To loose the chains of injustice To shake off the burdens of the yoke bind you, to set the oppressed free and remove the yoke of oppression that binds others." Isa. 58:6 I believe this to be extremely important for obvious reasons.
Fasting food is important for the body. Spiritually, not so much. Why? What is the purpose? Yet "when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward." Mat 6:1
---josef on 7/24/11


fasting may have spiritual effects ...good or bad. make sure if you do fast, it fits within the confines of the two great commandments.

btw, many will disagree to this but fasting is about food: physical and spiritual. it comes down to what you need to survive.

those who say something like "I've fasted by giving up Grey's Anatomy or Spotrscenter." or "I fast my time." is in denial of the truth. these fall under the category of reasonable service. things that probably should precede real fasting.
---aka on 7/24/11


Yes, it is.

Among other things, saying, "No," to little thinks like food make it easier to say, "NO!" to big things like sin.

But fasting is NOT an end in itself.

Properly practiced, it reminds us of our own brokenness and can lead to a conscious dependence upon God.

But otherwise, it becomes Pharisaical, or even demonic--and the demons never eat at all.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/24/11


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Personally (and probably unfortunately) I really never thought about it!

But now I remember that Jesus DID mention fasting, at least once, so I guess I should think about it a bit!

Thanks
---Peter on 7/24/11


Fasting is a good thing if you have been given the grace to do it, and if your health will allow for it. God bless. :-)
---John.usa on 7/24/11


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