Christian Articles for All of your Publishing Needs!

Translate this Page Here




Word Count: 453

Send Article To Friend Print/Use Article

Contact Gregory John Monroe


by Gregory John Monroe  
12/30/2013 / Bible Studies

Fasting, for the most part, is a spiritual act that calls for the sacrifice of a physical act. Usually, for a period of time, it's the denial of food. I say it's mostly for spiritual reasons because sometimes people fast for only health concerns.

Focusing on the spiritual, I don't fast on a regular basis. But when I do, it's usually for one of two reasons that I've gleaned from scripture.

One of those reasons comes from an understanding found in Mark 2: 18. The Pharisees and John the Baptist's disciples often fasted. The most rigid among them often fasted two days a week. They approached Jesus and asked Him how come His disciples didn't fast at all.

Jesus answered, "While the bridegroom is with them, the attendants of the bridegroom cannot fast, can they? So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day."

They understood Jesus' figurative example. John the Baptist had spoken earlier to them about Jesus in the same way. He had said, "the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. So this joy of mine has been made full." John 3: 29.

In those two passages, it seems that Christian fasting has to do with mourning or sadness due to the absence of Jesus' presence. As long as I feel and/or sense His presence in me, I find myself busily carrying out His work, attending to His will. That is a joyous time. Therefore, there isn't a need to fast.

But in those rare times when I find myself dry, in a valley, and I'm feeling distant from my Lord even though I know he hasn't forsaken me I will fast to draw closer to Him.

The other reason that I find myself fasting has to do with Isaiah 58: 6. God says, "Is this not the fast which I choose (as opposed to the Pharisee's fasting of self-exaltation), to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke?"

It may be a bad habit, an addiction, or losing faith. Perhaps depression has set in. Maybe demonic possession has taken place. Spiritual apathy might even be the case. These, including unjust physical imprisonment, are but a few examples of being in bondage, yoked or oppressed. In any of these kinds of matters, fasting to secure release for others, or even for ourselves, would be appropriate.

And this goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway. Prayer should precede and accompany fasting.

Many will be shocked by Gregory's book, The Three Angels' Message. It ID's Antichrist and the "mark of the beast," and the role both are playing today in the end-time issue of worship. The book's biblical & historical proof can't be denied. Get more info now at

Article Source: WRITERS

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! Click here and TRUST JESUS NOW

Read more articles by Gregory John Monroe

Like reading Christian Articles? Check out some more options. Read articles in Main Site Articles, Most Read Articles or our highly acclaimed Challenge Articles. Read Great New Release Christian Books for FREE in our Free Reads for Reviews Program. Or enter a keyword for a topic in the search box to search our articles.

User Comments

Enter comments below. Due to spam, all hyperlinks posted in the comments are now immediately disabled by our system.

Please type the following word below:

Not readable? Change text.

The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of

Hire a Christian Writer, Christian Writer Wanted, Christian Writer Needed, Christian Content Needed, Find a Christian Editor, Hire a Christian Editor, Christian Editor, Find a Christian Writer

Main FaithWriters Site | Acceptable Use Policy

By using this site you agree to our Acceptable Use Policy .

© All rights reserved. Free Reprint Articles - Your place for Christian articles, Christian poems, Christian stories and much more.