Fasting - List of Ways to Fast

Fasting for spiritual reasons is usually abstaining from all food, eating very little food, or avoiding specific types of food for a pre-determined length of time. In the Old Testament, there were specific days set aside for fasting.

Jesus began His ministry by observing a 40 day fast. Prior to the fast, he was "filled with the Holy Spirit" according to Luke 4:1.


Following the time of fasting, "...Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit" as recorded in Luke 4:14.

5 links to articles on fasting:


7 Books on fasting:

  • Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting by Derek Prince
  • The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting by Mahesh Chavda
  • How To Fast Successfully By Derek Prince
  • Prayer and Fasting By Kingsley Fletcher
  • 7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer By Bill Bright
  • Godís Chosen Fast By Arthur Wallis
  • A Hunger For God By John Piper

13 Things to fast:

  • All food and drink - Total fast
  • All food, drinking only water - Water only fast
  • All food, drinking juice and water - Juice only fast
  • All food except fruits and vegetables (Sometimes called a Daniel fast)
  • All meat
  • Red meat
  • Specific food or foods such as sugar, caffeine, desserts, chocolate, treats, alcohol, etc.
  • Eating out, fast food, etc.
  • Total media fast (television, movies, secular music) including online activities - blogging, social networking, etc. Could also include all reading material other than the Bible
  • Secular television, movies, and music
  • Unnecessary online activities including social networking sites
  • Social networking i.e. FaceBook, Twitter, IM, chatrooms
  • Shopping for non-essentials

12 benefits of fasting

Based on Isaiah 58 as listed in The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting by Mahesh Chavdah (page 40)

  • Revelation
  • Healing and wholeness
  • Righteousness
  • The presence of the shekinah glory of God
  • Answered prayers
  • Continual guidance
  • Contentment
  • Refreshing
  • Strength
  • Work that endures (like an every-flowing spring)
  • Raising up of future generations
  • Restoration

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