ABSTAIN FROM ALL FOOD, BUT NOT FROM WATER
Jesus – 40 days – Luke 4 indicates he “ate nothing” but doesn’t say anything about
not drinking water
ABSTAIN FROM ALL FOOD AND LIQUID; INCLUDING WATER
Queen Esther asked her Uncle Mordecai to assemble all the Jews andfast for her. “Fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day...” (Esther 4:16)
ABSTAIN FROM "CHOICE" FOOD
Daniel – for three entire weeks he abstained from all of the foods he loved and enjoyed the most.
ABSTAINING FROM FOOD AND WATER FOR 40 DAYS
Deuteronomy 9:9 – Moses – This kind of fast is not repeatable apart from the Lord’s specific calling and miraculous provision. Why? Because you will die!
ONLY GOD SHOULD KNOW
Mt. 6:18, “But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father...”
A CHURCH-WIDE FAST CALLED FOR BY SENIOR LEADERSHIP
Joel 2:15-16, “Blow a trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders.” Acts 13:2 – church at Antioch
A NATION-WIDE FAST CALLED FOR BY THE LEADER OF THAT NATION.
(2 Chronicles 20:3 – King Jehoshaphat...)