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janicedoner June 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

I have done the Daniel fast for years for various reasons. Thanks for the new up date on fasts

Earl Hayes June 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

Very insightful…I have recently resigned from permanent employment to start my own business, but things are going slow. I have considered fasting and wonder if fasting for my business’ success is the right or Christian thing to do? Would this be considered to be selfish by God?

Fran May 26, 2018 at 6:55 pm

no, it wouldn’t be selfish; just make sure you are tithing and giving offerings beyond your tithe and God should give you some insight when you are fasting.

Nathan January 31, 2020 at 8:07 am

Tithing was under the law. We are no longer under the law and therefore not required to tithe. Each of us are to give as God purposes in our hearts. Not grudgingly or of necessity. 2 Cor. 9:7

Agathae March 3, 2020 at 9:38 am

the lesson to learn on tithing is that Heaven is a Kingdom, a country and no country is without taxation. “It shall be done on earth as it is in heaven”. We pay tithe after the order of Melchizedek, (Genesis 14:17-20) the King whom Abraham meet and paid a tenth of his spoils who was Jesus Christ in the book of Genesis, whom has been ordained a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek…(Hebrews 5:6, 5:10 and Psalms 110:4).Read the book of Hebrews. You must pay your tithes it’s a command from God. Paying tithe after the of the Levitical Priestly Order ceased as the Priests kept on dying but Melchizedek who is Jesus Christ is our high priest forever and we pay our tithe through this order that was established before the Levitical in Abraham. If you don’t pay your tithes God will take it plus much more through emergencies, car break down, boiler repairs etcetc

Emeka April 4, 2020 at 11:21 am

As a Christian, we claim the blessings of Abraham. The promise of God to Abraham was fulfilled in Jacob(Israel). That promise is the blessedness we now enjoy. We believe we are children of Abraham therefore heir. We inherited from Abraham not just blessings.
It turns out that Abraham paid tithe to Melchizedek and Jacob end up making a vow to God
“And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭28:20-22‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Moses did not start it and we cannot end it. The truth is if we truly believe 2 Corinthians 9, we will not have issues with tithing but will even give more than a tenth

Jack Wellman April 4, 2020 at 12:15 pm

Hello Emeka. Genesis 22:18 is probably what you are referring to about the children or Christians being blessed as it says “and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice,” but our greatest blessing is not physical but from the Seed, Jesus Christ. It is obviously divisible into two parts. The former relates to Abraham himself, and his natural posterity thro’ Isaac and Jacob; and may justly be e|steemed the true basis of the Jewish church, and of all the means, privileges, dignities and prerogatives, they were favoured with, distinguishing them from every other people. The latter respects the nations in common; pointing our view to Christ, and to the enlargement of God’s kingdom under his administration, when there should be no more any difference between “Jew and Greek,” but all kindreds, lan|guages and people under the whole hea|ven, upon their faith in the promised seed, should make one body, be fellow|heirs, and partakers in common of the same gospel-salvation.

This latter part of the promise, which concerns the nations of the world in ge|neral, is comprehended in the words I have selected to employ our thoughts at this time,

TROY December 5, 2020 at 10:07 pm

Yes we are not under the law of sin and death, but under the law of grace and righteousness.

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.

Romans 3:31 KJV — Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

bridget June 10, 2013 at 3:14 pm

with god all is possible im a casual whr m working but with god i knw n will fast for a permanent position

john June 11, 2013 at 8:51 am

thank you for this encouraging breathing of everlasting father.strengthen those who are working tirelessly to lift your world.that is my prayer in Jesus name ;amen .

jeffad83 June 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

I think it’s important to note that Daniel was NOT fasting. He was in mourning. Read Daniel 10 and notice that no where is the word “fast” used. I do not believe that the “Daniel Fast” is a biblical form of fasting. All other fasts in Scripture are complete abstinence from food and sometimes both food and water. Fasting and mourning are similar but separate disciplines. Sometimes mourning is accompanied by fasting, but not always. Remember what Jesus said about fasting in Matthew 6:16-18? He said that when we fast we are to comb our hair, & wash our face. There is to be no indication that we are fasting, and the only people who know what we’re doing are those who absolutely have to. Daniel was in mourning so he was not washing his face. It’s says in Daniel 10 that he did not use lotions or take care of him self at all. How could he have been fasting if he was doing the exact opposite of what Jesus taught in Matthew 6? I believe we Christians do ourselves a great disservice when we practice a “partial fast.” There is no good biblical grounds for it. There is no substitute for a complete fast from all foods for a period of time.

Some people practice a “Daniel fast” because they want to eat a little healthier. Well that’s great, but DON’T confuse healthy eating with fasting, and certainly don’t replace a wonderful spiritual discipline like fasting with something as superficial as giving up a few types of food.

I hope that no one here hears me the wrong way. I’m not trying to criticize anyone who has practiced the “Daniel Fast.” I’m just trying to help us all understand Biblically the true and most effective way to fast.

Elijah January 6, 2015 at 2:53 am

But don’t forget that while You are correct that Jesus explains fasting in Matthew, Daniel was in the Old Testament, long before Jesus came, so he couldn’t have followed Jesus’s teachings.

Also consider, the Daniel Fast, (which I am currently doing) can also be taken from Daniel 1, when he and his friends were first taken to Babylon. He requested that he, along with Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (Shadrac, Meshac, and Abednego) be given only fruits, vegetables, and water to compare them to the other Israelites.

This is the fast detailed in the Daniel fast, rather than his mourning in Daniel 10.

Jason February 6, 2019 at 7:23 pm

Bear in mind also, that Jesus equated fasting with mourning. It was an implication known to the Jews. See Matthew 9:14-15. Jesus was asked how comes his disciples do NOT fast. His response was:

“And Jesus said to them, “The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9:15‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Jack Wellman February 6, 2019 at 7:32 pm

Thank you sir.

Pastor moses February 16, 2019 at 11:39 am

Hi Jason
I love your answer that Jesus equated fasting with morning. Am the middle of Daniel fasting and the guy up there almost made me feel guilty about. Thanks for saving my my faith!.

Doug R December 21, 2019 at 9:31 am

Thanks for the solid explanation — no ear tickling from you.

George April 14, 2020 at 8:45 am

I agree with your observations jeffad83. We need to be careful with how we fast. My understanding is abstinence from all food +/- water for a period of time.

john June 15, 2013 at 1:24 am

wonderful finding thanks servant peach God bless you will.

john August 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm

thanx brother .God bless you as you do research.I understand the word than ever before.

Fungiwe July 25, 2014 at 4:50 am

Wow thank you Man of God I always wanted to know this because it is knew to me I only knew a dry fasting because I was thought about it when I gave my self to Christ so I didn’t get this one for me even the one that we drink water feels like I have eaten

Abraham Obasa February 12, 2016 at 10:05 am

Tx for d write up on fasting. It’s inspirational. God bless you.

CHINEDU OGBONNAYA September 26, 2016 at 1:13 am

Thanks for the lesson.
Please I need a biblical evidence that says that during fasting one can drink water because the passages given tells of no eating and drinking.

Jack Wellman September 26, 2016 at 11:13 am

Not all passages say the fast only with water. It really does not matter that much my friend. Fasting is afflicting oneself and that’s the main thing, to humble one self.

RL November 5, 2016 at 11:18 am

I believe that the most common fast in the Bible is the three day fast. For example, the people of Nineve, Queen Esther, Paul, and Jonah fasted for three days. The three successive Sabbaths of the crucifixion; the Passover (14th), the normal Sabbath (15th), and the Feast of First Fruits (16th), also symbolically stand for a three day’s fast, I believe, followed by a five days of rebuilding the body with veggies and roasted meat, such as, chicken and fish (feast of unleavened bread).

buyiswa March 29, 2017 at 5:21 am

wow thank you man of God about the facts of fasting because the denomination does not know what is the true fasting

Casher2 December 19, 2017 at 7:40 am

In Ezra 10:6, it says without food or WATER.

Jack Wellman December 19, 2017 at 9:14 am

Hello Casher2. Thank you but that doesn’t mean everyone should fast without water. There is no command in the Bible to fast and include water. Some do, but not in all cases. Thank you.

Tara January 9, 2019 at 8:12 pm

Keep in mind not everyone should fast food. Some people who suffer with eating disorders should probably not fast food. Consult with a doctor, and pastor first before to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. I have had this issue. When I have tried fasting food, it always ended up for the wrong reason, underneath it all. No pun intended but food for thought. I thought I would be fine, but quickly discovered I can not fast food.

Jack Wellman January 9, 2019 at 8:40 pm

You are exactly right Tara. thank you your words of wisdom.

Amrik Singh March 2, 2019 at 10:13 pm

The healthy people can do, or if God convinced anyone. The Lord told me to fast, then I did. Before reading this article, the Lord told me to do so, I am beginning.

Nthatisi May 7, 2021 at 11:39 am

When God led people to fast, there were no exceptions. Young and old sick and healthy. They all fasted. No one consulted the elder about their medical conditions whether they should fast or not. Maybe the very reason of being unhealthy must be a driving force to fully engage and trust God. If we become conscious about our health and not fast are we not giving satan a stronghold by which he will make sure we never get healed and therefore never fast. By so doing are we not looking at the waves like Peter and not unto Jesus?

Jack Wellman May 7, 2021 at 1:10 pm

Thank you for your comment Nthatsi. I think it is best to consult doctors before fasting. For example people with low blood pressure or people with diabetes could jeopardize their life by fasting too long or fasting even for a short time (for diabetics). The reason we’re not healthy has nothing to do with our faith or lack of faith but God is sovereign and some saints get sick. The Bible never promises to heal every disease or sickness for every saint. That’s not found in Scripture what you are saying.

Amrik Singh March 2, 2019 at 10:10 pm

Thank you for writing such a good article on fasting, it is really a wonderful message. The Lord help us to understand His will in our our Life.

Princass Umoren March 31, 2019 at 5:51 am

Please read Isaiah 58:1-10 and explain to me what that place talk about fasting please

Jack Wellman March 31, 2019 at 1:09 pm

Hello Princass. This section, Isaiah 58:1-10, refers to breaking free from sin and unrighteousness while humbling ourselves. That’s a good thing. It does show God you are serious about your sin and that you want to overcome it, and for many, fasting is a great way to break addictions.

Smita Talla April 4, 2019 at 11:16 am

Nehemiah 1:4
In Nehemiah we can see Israelis hold fast few times to rebuild the wall.
Jonah 1:17; 3:5
Jonah fasted for three days in whale’s stomach
Nineveh held fasting after hearing God’s word
2Samuel 12:16-19
David fasted for his son

Jack Wellman April 4, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Great examples Smita. Thank you so much.

Troy Perkins May 8, 2019 at 8:25 am

I am currently fasting and these conversations have been very helpful with questions I occasionally have in regards to fasting. Thanks you so much for the guidance and input, but especially for the wise reference to scripture and Biblical information.

Markcus Burch June 23, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Fasting is a form of worship, period. To get closer to our heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, in spirit and in truth. Whenever we fast; if it be for mourning, deliverance of sin, prayer, understanding of the scriptures and so on… we ought to be sure it’s from a pure heart and with a good conscious. During my fast I usually do a 7 day fast only drinking water. Thinking of food convicts my soul but that just me… The only reason I do a 7 day fast because I live in America and were spoiled with the abundance of food. Food comes easy here but I try to be careful not to overindulge, it’s really hard Lord forgive me. Dying to self for the Lord taking up our cross during the fast, giving up some things and redirecting our full attention to the one who created us. May your fast be in the fear of the Lord.

Jack Wellman June 23, 2019 at 3:13 pm

Thank you sir. That’s a very wise comment Mr. Burch. Dying to or denying self is essential to following Christ.

Sabina September 21, 2019 at 3:03 pm

I have learnt a lot from the comments about fasting.i have just finished a 18 hours 3 day fast and am trusting God for His favours.

Chastity October 27, 2019 at 2:25 pm

I also know that fasting can be done in other forms. 1)God knows our heart and true intent so in saying that God knows exactly what we enjoy doing or what we may do compulsively. So in saying that by sacrificing something we do on an regular basis thats apart of our daily routine
He knows.

Maria December 14, 2019 at 1:27 am

Fasting is not easy, especially still having to prepare food for my family and continue a daily work life. I once fasted for 12 days only drinking water and eating nothing, but my goal was 21 days. I didn’t last and felt a tremendous guilt when I fell weak to my flesh.

Now it’s hard for me to fast more than 3-7 days. Life continues and I can’t leave my family or work to go away and fast. I must continue my everyday responsibilities. (Nurse, mom, wife….Ect.)

What are things that will help me to stay on the course of fasting, without getting weak or distracted?

Jack Wellman December 14, 2019 at 6:44 pm

Hello Maria. I believe staying in the Word of God; listening to worship music, and praying are excellent aids to fasting.

Juliana June 20, 2020 at 4:45 pm

You need to pray for grace before you start the fast. We can never accomplish anything on our own. But by the grace of God we can do all things. Ask God for grace to take you through the fasting period. That way you will truly commiting your way to the Lord and our God is faithful coz He loves us and wishes us to accomplish our goals

Jack Wellman June 20, 2020 at 4:59 pm

Hello Juliana. That’s a good idea to pray to God for more grace before a fast. Thank you.

Lucy Makaua December 19, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Hi every1….Fasting is an individual’s choice and we should never be forced. I fasted in 2009 for 22 days was aiming for 40 days. I drank raw vegetable/fruit juices but looking back I needed more knowledge around fasting….Today it’s my 6th day & our lord instructed me to follow his 40 days of fasting with just water. My food is the word & prayer. It is all I need…Water gives me full substance, I don’t feel hungry & cooking for my family is simple..But also since March this year, I become a Plant base eater, removed all Diary products including meats. I want to have a deep relationship with Jesus for me to grow deep in his word,,,praying is a must…..Happy Christmas everyone..

Jack Wellman December 19, 2019 at 2:26 pm

Great message Lucy, and you are so right. Thank you for your comment and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Doug R December 22, 2019 at 5:42 pm

While you are fasting please pray for Wrena, 6 & Bella 3
God’s protection and blessing for their eternal salvation.
Also if you please — writing a book named after my web sites insight into the scriptures that brings Christ into greater relief and shows an unfolding of God’s salvation plan in both testaments. Been working on it over 6 or 7 years and looking for a content editor God willing.

Kwame Kini December 22, 2019 at 12:25 am

Thanks for information. I’ve learnt a lot but please I think in order for us to understand the topic clearly, we should also provide scriptural references for fasting while drinking water. I think this will help me a lot. Thank you

Nokuthula January 21, 2020 at 12:06 am

Thanks guy’s for joining this wonderful team full of God’s knowledge, power and teaching . That what God was doing most, Teaching the word.

Molly February 4, 2020 at 4:32 am

Thanks for the above comments. Good information but nobody talks about fasting character, attitude, pointing finger, obscene language lying, adultery, watching dirty movies name them. It is to abstain from food, but try abstain from quarrelling, anger, bitterness etc many people succeed in fasting food n think that’s the way forward. God wants a clean vessel to use. I eat food n fast it sometimes but I am putting more effort on fasting my flesh. It is the one hindering us bethern

Bee February 15, 2020 at 3:24 pm

The Lord leads us in different ways, when fasting,I take water and tea only,I don’t feel guilty as I work in area that I talk for 11 hours,I know God looks at our hearts and desire to worship Him,let the Holy spirit lead you on how to fast. Shalom!

GG March 30, 2020 at 11:41 am

Hello, Everyone! Please, please, please fast for America and for the world that is under attack from the Corona virus. If the time to fast for our country and for the world, it is now! Please ask others to join you. We need the Lord to hear us now to stop the increase and kill it once and for all! Love you, brothers and sisters!

Jack Wellman March 30, 2020 at 1:05 pm

Great appeal for all of us to pray. THank you GG.

Evang Debo Akinwale April 10, 2020 at 10:34 am

I have just concluded a 3 day fasting without water of food (going to 4) with some of our members, despite the Lockdown we found our way praying for the whole world specifically for USA, ISRAEL and all God fearing countries.
Psalm 12 and 91 are helpful.
We the children of God will not experience COVID-19 and as many that are affected, the Lord will console their families.
Jesus is Lord.

jareign May 3, 2020 at 1:09 pm

I believe everyone in their belief will have a different opinion about fasting but as Christians and followers of Christ we will always be guided by the Holly spirit ! As long as we try to imitate the ways of Christ . Doing what is right befor the Lord is more valuable and acceptable than a sacrifice . We should cherish the ways of God befor we emphasis the law . The bible calls God are luving Father who won’t hold grudges so if ur grown in Christ the holly spirit will let u know what God requires u to do . But never force your self to fulfill the law without doing in passionately . So fasting will depend how your spirit guides u ! Giving tith is not amust for the lord sees the heart !

Jack Wellman May 3, 2020 at 2:01 pm

Amen to what you wrote. Thank you Jareign.

Franklin Beale November 9, 2020 at 2:44 am

There another fast most either ignore or aren’t mindful of it. Noah and his family were in the Ark of God 40 days and 40 nights. Though it doesn’t say, and all fasts are acknowledged in Scripture, it may be implied that this was the case at least for Noah.

I also believe that Enoch may have fasted as well.

Evidence Charity Ekhorutomwen January 22, 2021 at 11:49 pm

This is a very good materials for spiritual growth.Nice one we appreciate.

Christine G March 22, 2021 at 1:23 am

I enjoyed reading the comments and all. … I was reading Ezra chapter 10, and that’s why i came here. … Ezra went into someone’s home and they probably (?) offered him food (Ezra 10 verse 6) but he would not eat. … He may have fasted for 3 days or something. Ezra also had fasted in Ezra 8 verses 21 to 23. … Nehemiah also fasted in Nehemiah chapter 1 and verses 4 & 5. … Wow! Sometimes it seems to be a very effective and good way of drawing near to the Lord — The Bible seems to really “come alive” and — Salvation and heaven / blessing seem to be so near — He certainly does reward those who obey, and rewards those who diligently seek Him. He has not turned away His face, nor His mercies! … And Psalm 103 says that He does not always deal with us according to our iniquities — Psalm 103 verses 8 through 14. ….. And yet, Romans chapter 6 says ” Shall we sin, that grace may abound? God forbid!!”

S. Gante April 9, 2021 at 7:27 am

Prayer for humbling myself so I will hear God & listen. Many relationship issues – need understanding, God’s view. ❤

Thomas July 29, 2021 at 8:42 pm

I work on a dock loading and unloading trailers in heat and humidity during the night shift. I drink water every hour and eat something every 2 hours at work. When I fasted, I made my own fast telling God this is the fast I will follow. I typed it and presented it to Him. It is now in word. My fast still included drinking every hour and eating much lighter snacks and meals. But I had gotten so hungry at work that each day I changed the fast to include more food until finally, God said “You are not the word” God was letting me know that I was now basing my fast on my feelings and not my original word to Him.

I went back to my original fast and cried, begged, and prayed my way through it and then the breakthrough. The Holy Spirit said “God moves to your words”


Joshua November 4, 2021 at 9:12 pm

Thanks for the sermon mr.peach it is useful and am start to follow up the fasting. And all the comments from top to bottom also helped me very much. Thanks alot for everyone. Praise God.

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