Why Fast?

My last two Bible studies Physical Health/Spiritual Health have included foods to to eat. Now I am preparing a study on fasting because of a request of one of the people I am studying with. I have fasted many times in my life for various reasons. What ever the reason was at the time it always included getting closer to God. Some I chose to do by my own choice, and others because I felt prompted by God to do so. There are many examples of fasting in the Bible. You can read the book of Daniel and Esther for a few examples. Jesus fasted for forty days after He was baptized by John the Baptist. Each fast had a purpose.

Questions:

  1. Why have you fasted?
  2. What did you do to prepare for your fast?
  3. What did you learn from your fast?
  4. What are experiences you had while fasting?
  5. What advice would you offer to someone who has never fasted before?

I am looking forward to reading your answers, and sharing them with those I am having Bible studies with. I will also be sharing my own testimonies of when I have fasted.

I want to thank you in advance for taking time to participate in this study and sharing of knowledge in this area. I hope together we can help others as they are seeking knowledge on this topic.