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Bible Verses to Pray While Fasting


Fasting, the Bible, and Prayer

“We feed our spirits and starve our flesh by practicing habits laid down by Jesus. As we do this over time, we not only grow our own willpower muscles, but more importantly, we open our minds and bodies to a power that is beyond us—that of God’s Spirit.”
– John Mark Comer

Fasting—abstaining from food for a set amount of time—is an ancient, (often-neglected), biblically-demonstrated practice to cultivate self-awareness, self-control, and dependence on God.  

By denying the body, you live like you really believe God is the true sustainer. By resisting your own desires for immediate gratification, you build your ability to do so in other areas of life as well. 

Matthew 4 reveals the key to fasting: reliance on God’s word.

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 4:4 

Fasting from physical food works in tandem with feasting on the words of life. So, when you fast, you’re not merely denying yourself. You should be replacing a good gift from God that you regularly enjoy (food) with time with God himself.

The Bible is God’s way of speaking to you. When you read your Bible, you are hearing directly from the one who created you, loves you, and sustains you.

God wants you to join the conversation through prayer. The Bible also gives you words to offer back to God. Throughout its pages, we see models for faithful prayer. When you echo these words in your own prayer life, you cement the biblical truths in your heart as you send them to God in praise.

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Bible Verses to Pray while Fasting

Here is a list of Bible verses to pray when you’re fasting. Use these passages as you thank God for his provision, celebrate his love and sustaining presence, and step into the freedom from sin that accompanies life with God.

Read the verses below silently, meditating on what they reveal about God (and you!). Then read the verses aloud, offering them back to God in prayer. Use each verse as a starting point for more prayer, returning to lines that stick out to you and exploring follow-up thoughts with the Spirit’s help.

Thanking God

When you fast temporarily from a good, necessary thing like food, the lack you feel in your body reminds you for your need for God. This dependence on God is always there, but the comforts of the world often make us forget.

Use the following passages to remember and thank God for his provision:

Deuteronomy 8:1-18

3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

Psalm 16 

Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”

Psalm 27

            13 I remain confident of this:
            I will see the goodness of the Lord
            in the land of the living.

Psalm 31

Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commit my spirit;
deliver me, Lord, my faithful God. 

John 6:25-40

27 Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. 

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 

Matthew 6:9-15, 6:19-23, 6:31-34 

Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom forever and ever. Amen.

21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  

Celebrating God

With an awareness of your deep need for God comes joy in the truth that God meets you and sustains you. All good things you enjoy point to the true, eternal gift of life with God. Fasting, therefore, is also a time to rejoice in the abundance and security God offers you. 

Pray these words of celebration back to God:

Psalm 33

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name. 

Psalm 34 

            Taste and see that the Lord is good!
            Blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Habakkuk 3:17-19

19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.

Zephaniah 3:14-17 

14 Sing, Daughter Zion;
shout aloud, Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
Daughter Jerusalem!

John 1:1-14

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

1 Peter 1:3-9

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Freedom with God

Because of Jesus, we are no longer doomed to be ruled by our sin. Instead, we have the freedom to reject misleading desires and embrace the life God wants us to have. Fasting is a bodily example of the self-control required to say no to sin.

Use these verses to commit to living the life of thriving God offers you: 

Romans 12:1-3

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

2 Corinthians 5:1-7 

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight.

Galatians 5:13-16

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Colossians 3:1-17

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

James 1:12-18

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

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