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10 Bible Verses About Fasting (KJV): National Fasting February

In this post, we'll discover 10 Bible verses about fasting (KJV) as we celebrate National Fasting February. Here, we find an overlap between the sacred and secular. Let's see what God's Word says about this ancient practice.

Fasting, both from a Biblical and secular perspective, is a practice of voluntary abstention from food or specific activities for a defined period. 

Fasting: Biblical and Secular Perspectives

Biblical Perspective: In the Bible, fasting is often associated with spiritual discipline, repentance, seeking God's guidance, and expressing devotion. It is a way for individuals to humble themselves before God, align their hearts with His will, and deepen their intimacy with Him.

Through fasting, believers seek spiritual clarity, purification, and renewal, acknowledging their dependence on God and desire for spiritual transformation. Biblical fasting may be accompanied by prayer, meditation on Scripture, and acts of righteousness, emphasizing spiritual growth.

Secular Perspective: From a secular standpoint, fasting is sometimes adopted for health and wellness reasons, including weight loss, detoxification, and metabolic benefits, as promoted by National Fasting February. 

In secular contexts, fasting may involve abstaining from certain foods or engaging in intermittent fasting patterns to improve physical health and well-being. While secular fasting may not carry the same spiritual connotations as its Biblical counterpart, it underscores the discipline of self-control, mindfulness, and the potential benefits of giving the body a period of rest from regular consumption. 

Whether practiced for spiritual or secular reasons, fasting remains a powerful discipline that fosters self-awareness, discipline, and potential personal growth.

10 Bible Verses About Fasting (KJV):

But we are here to consider 10 Bible Verses About Fasting (KJV). Let's look at the King James Bible (KJB) examples.

Fasting: The Example of Jesus

Our fasting journey begins with the example of Jesus Himself. Before commencing His public ministry, Jesus spent forty days and forty nights in the wilderness, fasting and praying. In doing so, He demonstrates the importance of spiritual discipline and reliance on God's strength.

"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred." Matthew 4:1-2 KJV 

Fasting in Times of Crisis

In times of crisis and uncertainty, fasting becomes a powerful tool for seeking God's intervention and guidance. Faced with the threat of invasion, King Jehoshaphat calls upon the people to fast and seek the Lord's help. Their act of fasting leads to deliverance and victory over their enemies.

"And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord." 2 Chronicles 20:3-4 KJV

Fasting as an Act of Repentance

Joel calls the people to repentance and fasting, urging them to return to the Lord with all their hearts. Fasting is a tangible expression of their desire to avoid sin and seek God's forgiveness. In response, God promises mercy, compassion, and restoration.

"Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting and weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil." Joel 2:12-13, KJV

Fasting for Spiritual Clarity

While seeking understanding and insight from God, Daniel engages in fasting and prayer. His commitment to fasting opens the door to revelation and knowledge, enabling him to discern God's will and purpose in challenging circumstances.

"And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments." Daniel 9:3-4 KJV

The Power of Corporate Fasting

In the early church, believers engaged in corporate fasting as they sought direction from the Holy Spirit for their missionary endeavors. Through fasting and prayer, they position themselves to hear from God and receive His guidance, resulting in the commissioning of Paul and Barnabas for their missionary journey.

"As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away." Acts 13:2-3 KJV

Fasting as a Weapon against Spiritual Warfare

In confronting demonic forces and spiritual strongholds, Jesus teaches His disciples the importance of prayer and fasting. Fasting serves as a spiritual weapon, strengthening believers in their spiritual battles and enabling them to overcome the schemes of the enemy.

"Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." Matthew 17:21 KJV

The Heart of True Fasting

Isaiah challenges the people to redefine their understanding of fasting. True fasting, he declares, is not merely abstaining from food but actively engaging in acts of justice, mercy, and compassion. Fasting, coupled with a heart of humility and compassion, catalyzes social justice and transformation.

"Is this not the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6 KJV

Fasting for Healing and Restoration

In times of illness and distress, fasting becomes a means for seeking God's healing and restoration. In the face of adversity, the psalmist engages in fasting and prayer, trusting in God's faithfulness and deliverance.

"But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. Psalm 35:13

Fasting as a Lifestyle of Devotion

Anna, a prophetess in the temple, is described as one who served God with fasting and prayer night and day. Her life embodies the essence of fasting as a lifestyle of devotion and dedication to God's purposes. Through her example, we are inspired to cultivate a life of intimacy and communion with God through fasting and prayer.

"And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers day and night. Luke 2:37, KJV

Conclusion: Embracing the Spiritual Discipline of Fasting

As we end National Fasting February, let's embrace the spiritual discipline of fasting with renewed vigor and intentionality. Let's heed the biblical call to fasting, recognizing its power to draw us closer to God, purify our hearts, and align our lives with His purposes.

In fasting, we discover a pathway to spiritual renewal, a catalyst for revival, and a means of tapping into God's limitless power and presence. May our fasting be marked by sincerity, humility, and faithfulness as we seek His face and will for our lives and world.

As we journey through National Fasting February, may we be transformed from the inside out as we encounter our faithful and loving God's boundless grace and transformative power.


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I'm a retired counselor education professor who spent 35 years in the "helping professions." I'm a U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a Missile Launch Officer with I.C.B.M's during the Cold War (1980's). Today, I'm an "all-in" believer working full-time for our Lord Jesus Christ. I've included my personal testimony if you are interested. 
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