17 BIBLICAL REASONS TO FAST

  1. To worship, love and glorify God
    (Luke 2:37; Zechariah 7:5; Isaiah 58:2)
  2. To intensify the effectiveness of our prayer
    (Ezra 8:23; Isaiah 58:9 Judges 20)
  3. To seek wisdom and guidance
    (Jeremiah 29:13; Daniel 10:1-3; Acts 13:3, 14:23)
  4. To express repentance
    (Leviticus 16:29-31; Jonah 3:5-8; I Samuel 7:6; Acts 9:9)
  5. To teach ourselves humility and deepen our dependence upon God
    (PsalmS 35:13, 69:10)
  6. To rededicate our lives to the Lord
    (Joel 2:12)
  7. To intercede for and help spiritual captives
    (Isaiah 58:6; Daniel 9:1-21; Matthew 17:21; Mark 9:28-29)
  8. To train our bodies to yield to our spirits
    (I Corinthians 9:27)
  9. To wage spiritual warfare with God’s Holy power
    (Matthew 17:9-11)
  10. To hasten physical healing
    (Isaiah 58:8)
  11. To overcome strong temptations and strengthen obedience to God
    (Luke 4:1-2)
  12. To enhance personal devotions
    (Matthew 6:16-18)
  13. To respond to times of great crisis and seek deliverance
    (II Chronicles 20:3-4; Esther 4:16)
  14. To express grief
    (Judges 20:26; I Samuel 31:13)
  15. To express concern for the work of God(Nehemiah 1:1-4)
  16. To devote time to witnessing and soul winning
    (John 4:4-34)
  17. To share our abundance with others
    (Isaiah 58:6-7)