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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.
(Esther 4:16)

Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting.
(Psalm 35:13)

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. 16 Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber. 17 Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the temple porch and the altar. Let them say, "Spare your people, O LORD. Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?' " 18 Then the LORD will be jealous for his land and take pity on his people.
(Joel 2:15-18)

Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."
(Matthew 4:4)

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.
(Matthew 6:16-18)

Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.
(Hebrews 13:9)

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.
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Proverb quotes

Whoso will pray, he must fast and be clean, And fat his soul, and make his body lean.
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Geoffrey Chaucer quotes (English poet, 1342/3-1400)

When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting.
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St. Jerome quotes (Father of the Latin church, 340?-420)

If a man has nothing to eat, fasting is the most intelligent thing he can do.
--Hermann Hesse German, Novelist Quotes

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
--Benjamin Franklin American, Politician Quotes

It's clearly more important to treat one's fellow man well than to be always praying and fasting and touching one's head to a prayer mat.
--Naguib Mahfouz Egyptian, Novelist Quotes
 

 

 

 

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Fasting and the Bible

What is fasting and how is it used as a spiritual discipline? "Jehoshaphat was badly shaken by this news and determined to beg for help from the Lord; so he announced that all the people of Judah should go without food for a time, in penitence and intercession before God." II Chronicles 20:3, TLB.

Fasting is a way of demonstrating our intense need for God's help. "Then I declared a fast while we were at the Ahava River so that we would humble ourselves before our God; and we prayed that He would give us a good journey and protect us, our children, and our goods as we traveled." Ezra 8:21, TLB.

Fasting should not be done to impress other people. "But when you fast, put on festive clothing, so that no one will suspect you are hungry, except your Father who knows every secret. And He will reward you." Matthew 6:17-18, TLB.

Fasting can involve a simple diet. "At that time I, Daniel, had been mourning for three weeks. I had eaten no rich food, no meat or wine had entered my mouth and I had not anointed myself at all, for the full three weeks." Daniel 10:2,3, NRSV.5
 

 

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Definition of Fasting

1. to abstain from all food.

2. to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, esp. as a religious observance.   

3. to cause to abstain entirely from or limit food; put on a fast: to fast a patient for a day before surgery.    

4. an abstinence from food, or a limiting of one's food, esp. when voluntary and as a religious observance; fasting.  

5. a day or period of fasting.4     
          

 

Meaning of Fasting

Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. A fast may be total or partial concerning that from which one fasts, and may be prolonged or intermittent as to the period of fasting. Fasting practices may preclude sexual activity as well as food, in addition to refraining from eating certain types or groups of foods; for example, one might refrain from eating meat. A complete fast in its traditional definition is abstinence of all food and liquids except for water.

Fasting for religious and spiritual reasons has been a part of human custom since pre-history. It is mentioned in the Bible, in both the Old Testament (the Tanach) and New Testament, the Qur'an, the Mahabharata, and the Upanishads. Fasting is also practiced in many other religious traditions and spiritual practices.8 
          

 

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References and notes
The above Bible Promises are from the following books:
1.  The Bible Promise Book Barbour Publishing, Inc
2.  Promise of the Psalms Compiled by Ellen W. Caughey Barbour Publishing, Inc
3.  My Little Book of Promise - Christian Art Gifts
4.  Dictionary.com - http://dictionary.reference.com
5.  BibleInfo.com - http://www.bibleinfo.com/en
6.  Famous Quotes - http://home.att.net/~quotations/bible.html
7. ThinkExist.com - http://thinkexist.com/
8. Fasting - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasting

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