A-Z: General definitions: Fasting


Going without any food (and sometimes drink) for a specified period. Fasting was used to express grief and penitence (Psalms 35:13), or to specifically pay attention to God, seeking his guidance and help (2 Chronicles 20:3-4; Acts 13:2-3). In both Old Testament and New Testament there were specific periods of corporate fasting each year.

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Big ideas: Penitence, repentance, penance

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