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Principles of Biblical Fasting

There are two main overriding principles related to prayer and fasting in the Bible. First, biblical fasting is going without food. The noun translated “fast” or “a fasting” is tsom in Hebrew and nesteia in the Greek language. It means the voluntary abstinence from food. The literal Hebrew translation would be “not to eat”. The literal Greek means “no food”.

Second, biblical fasting is linked with serious seasons of prayer. The more seriously we approach prayer and fasting, the more serious the results we will experience. The first and foremost purpose of a biblical or spiritual fast is to get a breakthrough on a matter that one lifts to the Lord in prayer. A spiritual fast involves our hearts and the way in which we relate to and trust God. It relates to discerning and receiving strength to follow through on what God might reveal to us about circumstances in our lives or a direction we are to take.

Fasting is a principle that God intended for everyone to be able to enjoy. It’s not a punishment; it is a privilege! By making fasting a way of life, you can get closer to God and grow in your spiritual walk. Fasting is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us for our daily lives. When you fast and pray, you will see amazing results from God. It’s all about putting Him first, and letting our Shepherd lead the way all year long. Without a doubt, fasting sets you on a course every year.

Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a man are established by the LORD, and He delights in His way.”

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