What is Fasting?

"The voluntary denial of an otherwise normal function for the sake of intense spiritual activity." - Richard Foster
  • Fasting is not merely going without food for a period of time; that’s dieting.
  • Fasting is not just a physical discipline, but it can be a spiritual feast.
  • Fasting is not a manipulative tool to get something from God, but “. . . it is your reasonable service. . .” (Romans 12:1).
  • Biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. All fasts in the Scriptures refer to refraining from food. 
  • Fasting is starving your flesh and feeding your spirit (I Thes. 5:23; Matt. 6:25).
  • Fasting is positioning yourself and preparing your heart for what is to come.  If you are willing to seek Him, He will be willing to give.
  • Fasting always occurs together with prayer in the Bible.  You can pray without fasting, but you cannot fast without praying. When you fast, your focus is always on prayer and on God’s Word