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In brief Fasting is going without something (usually food) for the sake of spiritual purposes. Jesus expects His followers to fast. Done rightly, it can refocus our hope on God and bring about amazing change.   In depth Jesus discusses fasting in Matthew 6:16-18 and mentions it as an activity that He expects His followers will do, just as we are to give to the needy (verse 2) and pray (verse 7). All three activities are introduced “when you...”. There are numerous examples of people fasting in the Bible, including Jesus Himself (Matthew 4:2). So, why did they do it and why should we? Fasting isn't about physical health, even though some fasts may do you good physically and emotionally. King David wrote that he fasted to humble himself (Psalm 35:13, NASB translation), and it is the humble who have the precious promise of God’s attention (Isaiah 66:2) and therefore His involvement. This process is demonstrated in Ezra’s story when he and the exiles he led were facing a dangerous jour

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