“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;"
When I wept and humbled my soul with fasting, it became my reproach.
I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.
That your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
For forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.
1 Corinthians 7:5
Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.
But I, when they were sick— I wore sackcloth; I afflicted myself with fasting; I prayed with head bowed on my chest.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.
And then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.
“Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”
Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.
So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
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