What the Bible Says About Fasting:
During the Daniel Fast, the goal is to grow in your relationship with God. Use some of the prompts here to go deeper into God's Word and discover what the Bible says about fasting, before and during the fast.
Fasting must not be for show.
“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, put 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.
Read Matthew 6.
Biblical fasting is “not eating” with spiritual communication in mind.
How do we know this? Because Biblical fasting always occurs together with prayer in the Bible. You can pray without fasting, but you cannot fast (Biblically speaking) without praying. Biblical fasting is deliberately abstaining from food for a spiritual reason: communication and relationship with the Almighty.
God says that when you seek Him with all your heart, He will be found by you.
Read Jeremiah 29:13.
When a man or woman is willing to set aside the legitimate appetites of the body to concentrate on the work of praying, he/she is demonstrating a serious seeking of God with the whole heart.
Fasting is an expression of wholeheartedness.
This is clear from Joel’s call to the nation of Israel: “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning” (Joel 2:12).
Study God's Call to "Return."
What does it look like to follow God in obedience? Joshua 1
What kind of fasting does God desire? Isaiah 58
When you give, when you fast, when you pray . . . Matthew 6
Living by the flesh vs. living by the Spirit Romans 8
Go into His presence with gratitude. Psalms 118
God's steadfastness. Malachi 3
Jesus' prayer for us John 17
The goal we are after Philippians 3
Go to the source. John 7