Scripture-Study List: Fasting


The Old-Testament prophet Ezra proclaimed a fast to “beseech God” for His help.

Ezra 8:21-23,31:

  • Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
  • For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him.
  • So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.
  • Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way.

Esther, the Jewish wife of a gentile king, wished to alleviate some of the burdens that had been placed on her people’s shoulders. She decided to speak with the king, but feared he would be angry. Esther asked the Jews to fast on her behalf, that God would protect her.

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