A collection of 50 uplifting bible verses about fasting and how fasting helps us to focus on God. Fasting helps us to seek God’s face and hear His voice while settings aside other things.
Many Christians see fasting as been too hard hence they have no idea how to begin or when to find the time to fast. We ought to see that fasting helps us to sharpen our spiritual vision, increases our desire for God and in the end, helps us to understand God’s will for us.
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Bible Verses About Fasting
For forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.
Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?. Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers.
Though they fast, I will not hear their cry, and though they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.
I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.
You know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.
But I, when they were sick – I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
1 Samuel 7:6
So they gathered at Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before the Lord and fasted on that day and said there, We have sinned against the Lord. And Samuel judged the people of Israel at Mizpah.
Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Yet even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.
Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.
So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?
But he answered, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.
1 Corinthians 7:5
Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
2 Samuel 1:12
And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
2 Samuel 12:16
David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.
And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
And Jesus said to them, Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
1 Corinthians 10:31
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib, where he spent the night, neither eating bread nor drinking water, for he was mourning over the faithlessness of the exiles.
As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
And then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.
Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods.
That your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Thus says the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore love truth and peace.
So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.
Therefore do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? your Heavenly Father knows what you need.
Bible Scriptures About Fasting
And in every province, wherever the king’s command and his decree reached, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and many of them lay in sackcloth and ashes.
Say to all the people of the land and the priests, When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted?
Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.
And Cornelius said, Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.
Abba, Father, he said, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.
When I wept and humbled my soul with fasting, it became my reproach.
1 Kings 19:8
And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God.
So Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.
Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?
Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.
1 Corinthians 9:27
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
2 Samuel 3:35
Then all the people came to persuade David to eat bread while it was yet day. But David swore, saying, God do so to me and more also, if I taste bread or anything else till the sun goes down!
Then all the people of Israel, the whole army, went up and came to Bethel and wept. They sat there before the Lord and fasted that day until evening, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.
2 Corinthians 11:27
In toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the people of Israel were assembled with fasting and in sackcloth, and with earth on their heads.