There are a variety of reasons that people fasted in the Bible. Jesus fasted for 40 days before He began his great ministry, the city of Ninevah fasted when confronted with it’s great sin, David fasted when Nathan confronted him, the disciples fasted before replacing Judas as a disciple and Jesus counseled the disciples that truly powerful demons could only be cast out through prayer and fasting. There are other examples of fasting in the Bible but these examples are for fasting ahead of ministry, fasting in repentance, fasting before important decisions and fasting for greater spiritual power in our lives.
Mark 2: 18-20: Once when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and asked, “Why don’t your disciples fast like John’s disciples and the Pharisees do?”19 Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. They can’t fast while the groom is with them. 20 But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
As a Christian and you as Christians reading this, I know a lot of your conversations. We all talk about the fall of morality in our country. We all worry about the country we are leaving our children. Our immorality has left us so ignorant as a country that we “officially” don’t know what marriage is. Those who govern us and many if not most of our fellow citizens, no longer know what a human life is. We as the church are shocked at the speed of our downfall but are we shocked to bold action. The prescribed action seems to be prayer and fasting. There are huge ministry opportunities in front of us. There are horrible personal, church wide and society wide sins that need to be repented of. There are important decisions that need to be made and there are some very powerful demons that need to be cast out. If our country is to come back to Her God, Biblical fasting will be a huge part of that happening. It WILL NOT happen without it.