Prayer And Fasting

 

The thoughts, scriptures, quotations and articles on fasting, compiled on this page, are the result of several months of careful research on the subject, in preparation for a series I was asked to share at the Generation Youth Christ (GYC) in Phoenix, Arizona. In studying I prayerfully considered each of the more than fifty instances of fasting and prayer in the Scriptures to ascertain what motivated the fasting, what the fasting consisted of, and what was the outcome. I also looked at the people who were fasting. I also noticed that some these instances of fasting were intertwined with other fasting that had taken place many years before. I also did a comprehensive study of fasting in the writings of Mrs. Ellen G. White and compiled more than 170 pages of quotations on the subject. My life has been changed by what I learned about fasting, and I hope your life will be changed as well. Dan

 

Fifty-One Scriptures On Fasting

On this page you will find more than 50 instances where fasting is specifically named, implied or actions described, that suggest fasting was going on. 

 

Key Ellen White Articles On Fasting

On this page you will find a list of important sermons, chapters, manuscripts or letters of Ellen White on fasting. Each listing includes a short excerpt from the document to allow you to easily find it on the egwwritings.org site.

 

Seventh-day Adventist Authors On Prayer And Fasting

On this page you will find some articles written by SDAs on fasting.

 

GYC 2022 Phoenix Handouts

The following study guides were developed to go with my presentations on fasting at the GYC 2022 Phoenix.

In the series I sought to answer five questions: 1. Should we be fasting? 2. What does it mean to fast? 3. What situations call for fasting? 4. What hinders success when we fast? 5. What is the "True Fast" of Isaiah 58? 

Some of these handouts were slightly updated. Using the updated GYC handout on fasting is preferred to using the one handed out at GYC.

GYC 1: Is It Time

In this presentation I looked to the Scriptures and the writings of Ellen White to establish the very real call for fasting in our day.

GYC1: Is It Time Handout (Read it online)

GYC 1: Is It Time 8x11 (Easy printing in the US)

GYC 1: Is It Time A5 (Tablet size)

GYC 1: Is It Time A4 (Easy printing in many other countries)

GYC 1: Is It Time Epub (Perfect for mobile phone)

GYC 1: Is It Time Booklet (For printing on duplex printer)

 

GYC 2: Count The Ways

In this presentation I talked about what it means to fast.

GYC 2: Count The Ways Handout (Read it Online)

GYC 2: Count The Ways 8x11

GYC 2: Count The Ways A5

GYC 2: Count The Ways A4

GYC 2: Count The Ways Epub

 

GYC 3: Only By Prayer And Fasting

In this presentation we look at the kinds of things that motivated fasting in the Bible.

GYC 3: Only By Prayer And Fasting Handout (Read it Online)

GYC 3: Only By Prayer And Fasting 8x11

GYC 3: Only By Prayer And Fasting A5

GYC 3: Only By Prayer And Fasting A4

GYC 3: Only By Prayer And Fasting Epub

 

GYC 4a: Zeal But Not According To Knowledge

In this presentation we look at the kinds of things that were motivating fasting.

GYC 4a: Zeal But Not According To Knowledge (Read it online)

GYC 4a: Zeal But Not According To Knowledge 8x11

GYC 4a: Zeal But Not According To Knowledge A5

GYC 4a: Zeal But Not According To Knowledge A4

GYC 4a: Zeal But Not According To Knowledge Epub

 

GYC 4b: False Fasts

This handout looks at fasts that were ignored— sometimes despised— by God.

GYC 4b: False Fasts (Read it online)

GYC 4b: False Fasts 8x11

GYC 4b: False Fasts A5

GYC 4b: False Fasts A4

GYC 4b: False Fasts Epub

 

GYC 5a: Doing For Christ

This article by Ellen White on the "true fast" of Isaiah 58, read during our final session, is one of the best, and most sobering, documents I have ever read on Isaiah 58 and the "True Fast." 

GYC 5a: Doing For Christ (Read it online)

GYC 5a: Doing For Christ 8x11 PDF

GYC 5a: Doing For Christ A5 PDF

GYC 5a: Doing For Christ A4 PDF

GYC 5a: Doing For Christ Booklet PDF

GYC 5a: Doing for Christ Epub 

 

GYC 5b: True Fasts - Isaiah 58

This handout includes quotations from a variety of sources on the practical fast of Isaiah 58. The reading on "Doing For Christ" was by far the most important one that I read on the subject.

GYC 5b: True Fasts - Isaiah 58 (Read it online)

GYC 5b: True Fasts - Isaiah 58 8x11

GYC 5b: True Fasts - Isaiah 58 A5

GYC 5b: True Fasts - Isaiah 58 A4

GYC 5b: True Fasts - Isaiah 58 Epub

GYC 5b: True Fasts - Isaiah 58 Booklet

 

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