Frequently Asked Questions about Fasting


What is Fasting? Fasting is the choice to abstain from food and/or water for a certain amount of time in order to humble ourselves before God and seek Him. Throughout the Bible, we see people fasting. For example, the 10th day of the 7th month of each year was the Day of Atonement (redemption) for the Jews. This day was a sabbath day for them : they rest, don’t do any work and fast from the sunset of the 10th day to the sunset of the 11th day (Lev. 16/29 & Lev. 23/26-33). Apart from that Jewish Day of Atonement during which fasting was compulsory, there is no clear obligation to fast in the Bible. However, Jesus expected his followers (Christians) to fast when He said in Mat 6/16-18, “When you fast, anoint your head, wash your face…”. Below, we will try to answer some questions about Fasting that our readers commonly ask us.

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