About Fasting
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What is fasting?
Fasting is total or partial abstinence from food. A fast can also be abstinence from a habit or behavior. The rest of this web page will focus on fasting from food
What is abstinence?
Abstinence is refraining from some external action.
What is the purpose of fasting for believers?
Fasting is usually done for one or more of the following reasons:
disciplining the flesh
repenting from sin
focusing on a prayer need
starting a new life discipline
When is fasting to take place?
The Episcopal Church has two days that are specially set aside for fasting: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Fasting can be done any other day or time period of the year. Pray for guidance before undertaking a fast. A fast is not to be undertaken lightly, but for good reason.
How is a fast to be done?
Fasting can be done in a number of different ways:
no food, any liquid okay
no food, water only
no food except salad, any liquid or water
can fast a single meal
can fast for a day
can fast for multiple days
What are some of the dangers of fasting?
Fasting can be misused for selfish ends:
to get things from God
as a substitute for genuine repentance
as an end in itself, a mere duty
to show our religiosity before others
Fasting can be dangerous if you have a medical problem.  Consult with your doctor if you have any concerns about fasting.