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Fasting

See what John Wesley says about Fasting

“Some people have exalted religious fasting beyond Scripture and reason; and others have looked down upon altogether” - John Wesley

Fasting has been in disrepute both inside and outside the church for many years for the following reasons:

Practices that acquired a bad reputation in the Middle Ages; - focus abroad
Propaganda - “If we don't have three meals a day, with the inclusion of some light meals, we run the risk of dying of hunger”

But when fasting is done right it can have beneficial physical effects.
Fasting is also not an exclusively Christian discipline; all the world's religions recognize its merit and even modern science makes use of it to make more accurate health diagnoses.

Fasting

Fasting refers to abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. It is different from a health diet that emphasizes abstinence from food for physical purposes only.

One of the things we see these days is people using fasting for benefits motivated by vanity and the lust for power.

This does not mean that this type of fast is wrong, but its purpose differs from the fast described in Scripture.

I would say that any and all forms of “Fasting” that differs from the Bible such as: “Removing sweets, not eating meat, not drinking soda, reducing the use of social media, not drinking coffee, among others” could be called “physical purposes”. and spiritual”.

In the Bible fasting involved abstinence from any food, solid or liquid, except water.

Here are some passages in the Bible that talk about fasting:

In those days I, Daniel, was sad for three weeks. I ate no desirable food, neither meat nor wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself with ointment, until the three weeks were fulfilled. Daniel 10:2,3

Go, gather all the Jews that are in Shushan, and fast for me, and neither eat nor drink for three days, day or night, and I and my maidservants also will fast. And so I will go to the king, though not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.
Esther 4:16

And he did not see for three days, and neither ate nor drank. Acts 9:9

When I went up to the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the Lord had made with you, then I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I didn't eat bread, and I didn't drink water;
Deuteronomy 9:9

So he arose and ate and drank; and with the strength of that food he walked forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God. 1 Kings 19:8

Generally speaking, fasting is a private matter between the individual and God.

There are, however, occasional times of group or public fasts. In the Mosaic law, a public fast was held annually on the Day of Atonement.

But the tenth day of that seventh month shall be the day of atonement; ye shall have a holy convocation, and ye shall afflict your souls; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.
Leviticus 23:27

Currently, Jews practice Fasting on Yom Kippur, whose main objective is to awaken hearts to observe the paths of Teshuvah (repentance).

Is fasting a commandment?

Much has been tried throughout history in order to understand whether the Fast would be a commandment or not, although several passages in the scriptures deal with this subject. There are, however, two that stand out:

Therefore, Fasting cannot be considered a commandment but a common practice of Christianity as well as reading, prayer, donation and others that need to be observed and practiced regularly in our lives.

What is the purpose of fasting?

“And when you fast, do not show yourselves grieved like the hypocrites; for they disfigure their faces, that it may appear to men that they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have received their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face, that thou appear not to men that thou ist fasting, but to thy Father which is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you publicly.”
Matthew 6:16-18

So the purpose of fasting is in:

Meditation has always remained a central part of Christian devotion, an important preparation for prayer.

Some recommendations:

What happens spiritually is of far greater consequence than what happens in the body.

Fasting can bring breakthroughs in the spiritual realm that could never have happened otherwise. It is a resource of God's grace and blessing that must not be neglected any longer.

“Father, I pray that You will prepare us for an even greater devotion from each of us to live closer to You, prepare us for an impactful experience in our lives through Fasting - Amen”


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