A Biblical Guide
Christian STtudent Fellowship
You Want Me to Fast??
Questions & Answers aboutFasting for Christians
Everyone has questions about fasting. No one hears about it much in church anymore.Of all the teachings of Jesus, one of the least talked about is fasting. Consequently,most people tend to wonder about fasting. They associate it with something weird orfanatical. Few people view fasting as something that can bring abundant blessings tothe one who participates in it. Included in this booklet are some of the most commonquestions people ask about fasting. To answer these questions we began with the Bible.Additional books that help us paint a clearer picture of fasting include –
Celebration of Discipline
by Richard J. Foster and
The Coming Revival: America’s Call to Fast, Pray, and “Seek God’s Face”
by Bill Bright.* * * * *
m supposed to fast why do I never hear about it at church?
Fasting and prayer were an integral part of the Early Church, but in medieval times,fasting as a discipline came to be frowned upon. Most people saw it as a harsh, severepractice, better suited for monks in monasteries than “normal” life. Throughout thecenturies that followed, fasting and prayer were revived periodically, usually during thegreat revivals like the First and Second Great Awakenings. Spiritual leaders like JohnWesley, Martin Luther and others all practiced and proclaimed the benefits of fasting.In the last century, however, fasting has once again become a lost concept in thechurch. When author Richard Foster wanted to research it, he could not find one bookon the subject published between 1861 and 1954.
Does the Bible really say we should fast?
Fasting is mentioned throughout the Bible in personal and corporate settings. For 3,000years the Jewish people have celebrated Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, as a fastand a time for humility and repentance before the Lord. In Joel, the Lord commandedthe people to “Return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourn-ing… Return to the Lord your God” (Joel 2:12-13). Jesus spoke of fasting in the sameway he spoke of prayer and giving, as part of a natural Christian lifestyle. The questionis not
Should I fast?
Will I fast?