Fasting in Scripture


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 covenant—the

Ten Commandments.


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

fast for all Judah.


Ezra 8:21 ¶ 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. ….

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 ¶ 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 ¶ 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 “Go, 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 John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the

Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered, “How 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 fastAlso 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.’

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,

“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 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