FASTING in Scripture –
Barrie Robinson Tasmanian ACC Prayer Coordinator
Fasting Passages in Scripture
Ex. 34:28 Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating
bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenantâthe
Judg. 20:26 Then the Israelites, all the people, went up to Bethel, and there they sat
weeping before the LORD. They fasted that day until evening and presented burnt
offerings and fellowship offerings to the LORD.
1Sam. 7:6 1Sam 14:(1-)28-45 1Sam. 20:34 1Sam. 28:20
1Sam. 31:13(1Chr. 10:12) Then they took their bones and buried them under a
tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and they fasted seven days.
2Sam. 1:12 They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son
Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and the house of Israel, because they had
fallen by the sword.
2 Sam 3:31-35 2Sam. 12:16-23 *
1 Kings 19:3-8 1Kings 21:1-26
1Kings 21:27 When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and
fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.
2Chr. 20:3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed
a fast for all Judah.
Ezra 8:21 Â¶ There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might
humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our
children, with all our possessions. â¦.
23So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.
Ezra 10:6 Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the room of
Jehohanan son of Eliashib. While he was there, he ate no food and drank no water,
because he continued to mourn over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.
Neh. 1:4 Â¶ When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned
and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.
Neh. 9:1 Â¶ On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered
together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and having dust on their heads.
Esth. 4:3 In every province to which the edict and order of the king came, there was
great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing. Many lay in
sackcloth and ashes.
Esth. 4:16 âGo, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fastfor me. Do not
eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When
this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I
Esth. 9:31 Psa. 35:13 Psa. 69:10 Psa. 109:24
Is. 58:3-6 *
Jer. 14:12 Jer. 36:1-20 ff Dan. 6:18
Dan. 9:3 So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in
fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
Dan. 10:2 -3 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice
food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three
weeks were over.
Joel 1:14 Joel 2:12
Jonah 3:5 The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the
greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
Zech. 7:3 Zech. 8:19
Matt. 4:2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
Matt. 6:16-18 *important
Matt. 9:14-15 Then Johnâs disciples came and asked him, âHow is it that we and the
Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?â Jesus answered, âHow can the guests
of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the
bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. Also Mark 2:18-20 and Luke
Luke 2:37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple
but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
Luke 18:12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.â
Acts 9:9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.
Acts 13:2-3 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
âSet apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.â So
after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
Acts 14:23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with
prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
Acts 27:9 Acts 27:33