Biblically, to "fast" is to do without a thing for a period of time
as you pray about a burden or other subject close to your heart. The people of Israel did a one-day fast by pouring out water
before the Lord because they had sinned against Him.
later named Paul, did a three-day fast without food nor drink after he was struck blind on the road to Damascus. King David
fasted seven days as he prayed that his child by Bathsheba might overcome the sickness that led to its death.
Belteshazzar…Daniel, to you…fasted 21 days after
having a vision. But the record of all records was when Moses met God on Mount Sinai for the fourth time, and was there 40
days and got the Ten Commandments, then went down, only to see how Aaron and the people had sinned and made themselves a god.
Moses got so mad that he threw down the stones and broke them, then went back up for 40 more days, having neither "bread
nor drink" (Deuteronomy 9:9).
you feel you should fast about a thing, God is in it, so let Him tell you when to end it. You can even pay attention to circumstances
before deciding what kind of fast to do. A person having diabetes has a regimen for measuring and taking insulin.
There are fasts when possibly a food, or even making love with
your spouse is given up for a period of time (1st Corinthians 7:3-6). But notice that Paul "speaks by permission, and
not of commandment," The marriage bed is undefiled, (Hebrews 13:4) and making love to your spouse was part of God’s
You’re not commanded
in the Bible to fast, so let God be your guide. Above all, don’t make a big thing of your fast. Don’t go around
with a sad face as though the sky is falling, and at mealtime, don’t announce a "No, no, I’m fasting."
Matthew 6:1 says, "Take heed that ye do not your alms (or fasting, or anything else) before men, to be seen of them;
otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven." Fast or not, as the Lord leads. Avoid voluntary humility
Don’t blow a trumpet;
just live for your Lord and the obvious will show.