Week of Prayer and Fasting 2022

“Moreover, when you fast… But you, when you fast…” Matthew 6:16,17

In addressing His disciples, it is clear that Jesus knew they would follow His example to fast and pray. Fasting is done for a variety of reasons by many people; athletes fast to purge their bodies so they can perform better. Physicians advise fasting for some conditions or ailments. Cults and other groups fast to awaken or get the attention of their gods. The ‘fasting’ that God calls us to and the one that Jesus modeled is done with the purpose of putting God first. Biblical fasting is done for many reasons, such as:

1. To obey God. (Isaiah 58:6)

2. To deny the flesh when seeking God’s will. (Daniel 9:3)

3. To strengthen the spiritual man. (Matthew 4:2)

4. To honor God, without seeking the attention from men. (Matthew 6:16)

5. To open our eyes and heart to what God desires to do in and through us. (Acts 13:2,3)

God’s Chosen Fast: A Spiritual and Practical Guide to Fasting

Arthur Wallis

Chapter 1: Why Fast? For nearly a century and a half fasting has been out of vogue, at least in the churches of the West. The very idea of someone actually fasting today seems strange to most twentieth-century Christians. They associate it with medieval Christianity, or perhaps with High Church practice. They may recall that political leaders, like Mahatma Ghandi, have used it as a weapon of passive resistance. As a spiritual exercise it is confined, they would think, to believers who appear to be a little extreme or fanatical. Read more…