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Honey whets the appetite, and so does wisdom!
When you enjoy becoming wise, there is hope for you!

- Proverbs 24:13-14

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Teach me Thy way O Lord, and lead me in a simple plain path.

- Psalms 27:11

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Miracles come with prayer and fasting.

- Mark 9:29

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Your spiritual condition produces your physical condition.

- Ephesians 4:1

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For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

- Proverbs 23:7

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A fool thinks he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others, then decides.

- Proverbs 12:15

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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. - Psalms 119:105


The Lord gives strength to those who are weary. - Isaiah 40:29

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“...Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

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“But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:17-18)

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Examples of Fasting in the Bible

Old Testament

Moses fasted 40 days on behalf of Israel’s sin: Deuteronomy 9:9, 18, 25-29; 10:10.
David fasted and mourned the death of Saul: 2 Samuel 1:12.
David fasted and mourned the death of Abner: 2 Samuel 3:35.
David fasted and mourned the death of his child: 2 Samuel 12:16.
Elijah fasted 40 days after fleeing from Jezebel: 1 Kings 19:7-18.
Ahab fasted and humbled himself before God: 1 Kings 21:27-29.
Darius fasted in concern for Daniel: Daniel 6:18-24.
Daniel fasted on behalf of Judah's sin while reading Jeremiah’s prophecy: Daniel 9:1-19.
Daniel fasted regarding a mysterious vision from God: Daniel 10:3-13.
Esther fasted on behalf of her people: Esther 4:13-16.
Ezra fasted and wept for the sins of the returning remnant: Ezra 10:6-17.
Nehemiah fasted and mourned over the broken walls of Jerusalem: Nehemiah 1:4-2:10.
The people of Ninevah fasted after hearing the message of Jonah: Jonah 3.

New Testament

Anna fasted for the redemption of Jerusalem through the coming Messiah: Luke 2:37.
Jesus fasted 40 days before his temptation and the beginning of his ministry: Matthew 4:1-11.
The disciples of John the Baptist fasted: Matthew 9:14-15.
The elders in Antioch fasted before sending off Paul and Barnabas: Acts 13:1-5.
Cornelius fasted and sought God’s plan of salvation: Acts 10:30.
Paul fasted three day fast after his Damascus Road encounter: Acts 9:9.
Paul fasted 14 days while at sea on a sinking ship: Acts 27:33-34.

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Fasting is no firecracker. It’s a spiritual nuclear warhead. However, it takes time and training to learn how to utilize this warhead effectively, so be patient with yourself and God

Here is an encapsulation of reasons to fast and some supportive scripture references:

1. Fasting helps subject our bodies to our spirit. (I Cor 9:27)
2. Fasting is disciplining the body, mind, and spirit. (Prov. 25:28)
3. Fasting is subordinating our flesh-desires to our spirit-desires. (Gal 5:17)
4. Fasting helps set the priorities in our lives. (Mt 6:33)
5. Fasting is longing after God. (Ps 63:1-2)

Why Should We Fast?

1. Honor God - (Mt 6:16-18, Luke 2:37, Acts 13:2, Mt 5:6)
2. Humble yourself; dethroning selfishness; pride - (2 Chron. 7:14-15)
3. Repentance - personal failures - (Psalm 51: Jer. 29:11-14, James 4:8-10)
4. Discernment - obtaining healing - (I Cor. 11:30, James 5:13-18, Isaiah 59:1-2)
4. Deliverance from sinful bondage - (Mt 17:21, Is 58:6-9: loose bands of wickedness)
5. Destroying strongholds of doubt and unbelief whereby increasing one's faith for more effective ministry - (Mark 9:29 KJV)
6. Increased confidence and effectiveness in our prayer-life - (2 Cor. 10:4)
7. Revelation - God’s vision and will - (Dan 9:3, 20-21, Dan 10:2-10, 12-13)
8. Revival - personal and corporate - (Acts 1:4, 14 / 2:16-21, Joel 2:12-18)
9. Though this should not be a reason to fast in and of itself -- rewards most likely will be stored up in heaven when we fast to honor God in some way, done in humility, for Christ-like reason/s - (Matt. 6:17-22)

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Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A person reaps what he sows.
(Gal. 6:7)

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Every herb bearing seed... and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you they shall be for meat.

- Genesis 1:29

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Proverbs 11:17 says, "Your own soul is nourished when you are kind." Proverbs 3:27 says, "Do not withhold good when it is in your power to act

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Take Time:
Take time to think-
It is the source of all power.
Take time to read-
It is the fountain of wisdom.

Take time to play-
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to be quiet-
It is the opportunity to seek God.

Take time to be aware-
It is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to love and be loved-
It is God’s greatest gift.

Take time to laugh-
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to be friendly-
It is the road to happiness.

Take time to dream-
It is what the future is made of.
Take time to pray-
It is the greatest power on earth.

Take time to give-
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work-
It is the price of success.
There is a time for everything

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