At Times of Revelations From God: Moses fasted on Mount Sinai for 40 days while he wrote down the Ten Commandments that he received from God (Exodus 34:28) After Elijah had won the victory against the prophets of Baal and his life was threatened by Jezebel, he fasted forty days as he traveled to Mount Horeb, where God spoke to him. (1 Kings 19:8)
At Times of Distress: David fasted when his child was ill (2 Samuel 12:16-23) There were public fasts of mourning for Saul and Jonathon (1 Samuel 31:13 and 2 Samuel 1:12)
At Times of Preparation For Battle: There were also public fast before going into battle (Judges 20:26; 1 Samuel 14:24; 2 Chronicles 20:3)
At Times of Repentance: Fasting and repentance at times go together. When God's people repented from their idol worship, they fasted. (1 Samuel 7:6; also, Joel 1:14, 2:12, 15)
True Fasting: Matthew 6:16-18 Luke 18:9-14 (Compare Jesus to Isaiah 58:3-4 )
Fasting at Times of Grief: Matthew 9:14-15 Jesus answers a question about fasting (Also, Mark 2:18-20 & Luke 5:33-35)
For consecrating persons for a mission or calling.:Acts 13:2-3 & Acts 14:23
What are reasons you choose to fast?
What are situations for the church to fast?
What are wrong reasons for fasting?