Bible Verses For Fasting

40 Powerful Bible Verses For Fasting

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Fasting is an ancient spiritual practice that has been used by many religions throughout the world. There are a number of Bible verses that can be used to encourage fasting. These verses can help believers understand the importance of fasting and why it is important to maintain a healthy fast. Fasting is an act of obedience to God. When fasting, it is important to obey the commands of God. Fasting removes our focus from ourselves and puts it on, God. 

The following verses are a few of the many Bible verses that can be used to encourage fasting:

Bible Verses For Fasting

1 corinthians 7 5 kjv bible verses for fasting

1 Corinthians 7:5 

“Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.”

2 samuel 1 12 kjv bible verses for fasting

2 Samuel 1:12 

“And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.”

acts 13 2 kjv bible verses for fasting

Acts 13:2 

“As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”

acts 14 23 kjv bible verses for fasting

Acts 14:23 

“And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.”

daniel 10 3 kjv bible verses for fasting

Daniel 10:3 

“I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

esther 4 16 kjv bible verses for fasting

Esther 4:16 

“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”

exodus 34 28 kjv bible verses for fasting

Exodus 34:28 

“And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.”

joel 2 12 kjv bible verses for fasting

Joel 2:12 

“Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:”

luke 2 37 kjv bible verses for fasting

Luke 2:37 

“And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.”

luke 18 12 kjv bible verses for fasting

Luke 18:12 

“I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.”

nehemiah 1 4 kjv bible verses for fasting

Nehemiah 1:4 

“And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,”

psalm 69 10 kjv bible verses for fasting

Psalm 69:10 KJV

“When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.”

psalm 35 13 14 kjv bible verses for fasting

Psalm 35:13-14 

But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.

acts 13 3 4 kjv bible verses for fasting

Acts 13:3-4 

And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

daniel 9 3 5 kjv bible verses for fasting

Daniel 9:3-5 

And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:

2 samuel 12 15 17 kjv bible verses for fasting

2 Samuel 12:15-17 

And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.

1 kings 21 25 27 kjv bible verses for fasting

1 Kings 21:25-27 

But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

luke 4 2 4 kjv bible verses for fasting

Luke 4:2-4 

Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

ezra 8 21 23 kjv bible verses for fasting

Ezra 8:21-23 

Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

matthew 6 16 18 kjv bible verses for fasting

Matthew 6:16-18 

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

jonah 3 5 9 kjv bible verses for fasting

Jonah 3:5-9 

So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

isaiah 58 6 kjv bible verses for fasting

Isaiah 58:6 

“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”

matthew 4 2 kjv bible verses for fasting

Matthew 4:2 

“And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.”

matthew 9 14 17 kjv bible verses for fasting

Matthew 9:14-17 

Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.

acts 13 3 kjv bible verses for fasting

Acts 13:3 

“And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”

james 1 3 kjv bible verses for fasting

James 1:3 

“Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

matthew 6 31 32 kjv bible verses for fasting

Matthew 6:31-32 

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

mark 14 36 kjvbible verses for fasting

Mark 14:36 

“And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.”

isaiah 58 6 7 kjv bible verses for fasting

Isaiah 58:6-7 

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

1 corinthians 10 13 kjvbible verses for fasting

1 Corinthians 10:13 

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

galatians 5 16 kjv bible verses for fasting

Galatians 5:16 

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

luke 22 40 kjv bible verses for fasting

Luke 22:40 

“And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.”

ephesians 6 10 kjv bible verses for fasting

Ephesians 6:10 

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”

joel 2 12 kjv bible verses about fasting
psalms 69 10 kjv bible verses about fasting
matthew 6 18 kjv bible verses about fasting
daniel 10 3 kjv bible verses about fasting
acts 14 23 kjv bible verses about fasting
matthew 4 4 kjv bible verses about fasting
luke 4 2 kjv bible verses about fasting
isaiah 58 6 kjv bible verses about fasting
1 corinthians 7 5 kjv bible verses about fasting
luke 18 12 kjv bible verses about fasting
psalms 35 13 kjv bible verses about fasting
ezra 8 23 kjv bible verses about fasting
nehemiah 1 4 kjv bible verses about fasting

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