Bible Question:

I am very new to this idea of fasting. I have my reasons for fasting which are truly of value. I have started fasting on Sunday, but I do not know if am doing it correctly. My fast includes only one meal a day. If I am doing this wrong or if you have any advice for me, please answer my call for help.

Bible Answer:

There are several previous studies that discuss fasting in which you may be interested. The first one is entitled, “What does fasting include?” The second one is called, “Can a person make love when fasting?” and the last one can be found in the Sermon On The Mount series. It is called “Willing To Humble Yourself?

Believers fast for many reasons. Fasting often is practiced at times of great stress (war, sin, fear, death) or for very important decisions. Fasting involves more than going without food. It reflects an attitude of total dependence upon God and begging Him for help! It is about seeking God. It is about humility. That was how King David viewed fasting,

But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled my soul with fasting; And my prayer kept returning to my bosom. (NASB) Ps. 35:13

Ezra also viewed fasting as an act of humbling oneself before the Lord (Ezra 8:21). And so does God,

And it came about when Ahab heard these words, that he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and fasted, and he lay in sackcloth and went about despondently. Then the word of the LORD came . . . saying, “Do you see how Ahab has humbled himself before Me?” (NASB) 1 Kings 21:27-29

Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself? (NASB) Isaiah 58:5

One who truly seeks God’s favor will come in humility. It is important to know that God is more interested in the reason you are fasting than how you are fasting. Just remember that fasting is about self-denial and humility in some way. Fasting tells God that you are serious about your request of Him.


Tell the Lord why you are fasting and rejoice that He will listen. Seek His will and thank Him for whatever answer He gives you – yes or no. May the Lord bless you.

Suggested Links:

What does fasting include?
Can a person make love when fasting?
Willing To Humble Yourself?
When fasting, how often do you pray?
Alms, Prayer, and Fasting