This Time-Tested Book Will Strengthen Your Faith, Drawing You Closer to GodThis comprehensive book is for you if you seek a closer walk with God, whether you wonder how to fast or you've been practicing this spiritual discipline for years. As you learn the clear biblical reasons for fasting, you'll also be introduced to nine biblical fasts that God can use for specific physical and spiritual outcomes. These include· The Disciple's Fastto free yourself and others from addictions to sin· The Ezra Fastto solve problems, inviting the Holy Spirit's aid · The Saint Paul Fastto bring clearer perspective and insight in critical decision-making· The Daniel Fastto gain a healthier life or healing Each fast includes its purpose and biblical basis, why or when to practice this fast, and a practical step-by-step guide as you prepare for it.Now included in the book are new stories from people who have found spiritual breakthroughs in fasting, study questions for individuals or groups, biblical references to fasting, a fasting glossary, and more.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Revised and Updated Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Elmer L. Towns is dean emeritus of the School of Religion and Theological Seminary at Liberty University, which he cofounded in 1971 with Jerry Falwell. Each Sunday he continues to teach the Pastor's Bible Class at Thomas Road Baptist Church, which is televised on a local network and Angel One.
Table of Contents
Foreword Jentezen Franklin 7
A serious call for a devout return to the discipline of fasting.
1 The Fasts God Chooses 19
The biblical base, varieties, benefits and background of the kind of fasting that pleases God
2 The Disciple's Fast 31
Fasting for freedom from addiction (see Matt. 17:20-21). If we fast, we can break the besetting sins that limit a life of freedom in Christ
3 The Ezra Fast 49
Fasting to solve problems (see Ezra 8:21-23). If we fast for a specific purpose, we may solve a debilitating problem
4 The Samuel Fast 71
Fasting to win people to Christ (see 1 Sam. 7:1-8). If we fast and pray for revival, God will pour Himself on His people
5 The Elijah Fast 95
Fasting to break crippling fears and other mental problems (see 1 Kings 19:2-18). Through fasting, God will show us how to overcome negative emotional and personal habits
6 The Widow's Fast 117
Fasting to provide for the needy (see 1 Kings 17:12). When we sacrifice our own physical needs, God enables us to focus on and provide for the needs of others
7 The Saint Paul Fast 131
Fasting for insight and decision making (see Acts 9:9-19). If we fast to subject our will to God's, He will reveal His will to us
8 The Daniel Fast 151
Fasting for health and physical healing (see Dan. 1:12-20). When we fast for physical well-being, God will touch our bodies and enrich our souls.
9 The John the Baptist Fast 167
Fasting for an influential testimony (see Matt. 3:4; Luke 1:15). If we fast for the influence of our testimonies, God will use us
10 The Esther Fast 185
Fasting for protection from the evil one (see Esther 4:16). If we fast for protection and deliverance from Satan, God will deliver us from evil
1 Fasting: Giving Our Bodies a Break 205
2 Breaking Your Fast 221
3 Devotions for a 21-Day Fast 227