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40 Great Fasting And Prayer Scriptures (Bible Verses)

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Fasting And Prayer Scriptures

Fasting and Prayer Scriptures

In no particular scriptural order, here are fasting and prayer scriptures for your quick reference:

1. Esther 9:31:

“To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry.”

2. Luke 2:37:

“And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.”

3. 2 Corinthians 6:5:

“In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings.” 

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4. 2 Corinthians 11:27:

“In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.”

5. Nehemiah 9:1, NIV:

“On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and putting dust on their heads.”

6. Esther 4:3, AMPLIFIED:

“In each and every province that the decree and law of the king reached, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing; and many lay on sackcloth and ashes.”

7. Psalm 35:13:

“But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.”

8. Psalm 69:10, NLT:

“When I weep and fast, they scoff at me.” 

9. Psalm 109:24:

“My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.”

10. Jeremiah 36:6:

“Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD’S house upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.”

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11. Daniel 6:18:

“Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.”

12. Daniel 9:3:

“And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.”

13. Joel 2:12:

“Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning.” 

14. Jeremiah 36:9:

“And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.”

15. Matthew 17:21:

“Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” 

16. Acts 10:30:

“And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing.” 

17. Acts 14:23:

“And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.”

18. Acts 27:33:

“And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth day that ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing.”

19. 1 Corinthians 7:5:

“Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.”

20. Acts 13:2-3:

“As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.”

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21. Judges 20:26:

“Then all the children of Israel, and all the people, went up, and came unto the house of God, and wept, and sat there before the LORD, and fasted that day until even, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.”

22. 1 Samuel 7:6:

“And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpe

23. 1 Chronicles 10:12:

“They arose, all the valiant men, and took away the body of Saul, and the bodies of his sons, and brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh, and fasted seven days.”

24. 2 Samuel 1:12:

“And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.”

25. 2 Samuel 12:16:

“David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.”

26. 1 Kings 21:27:

“And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.” 

27. Ezra 8:21:

“Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.” 

28. Ezra 8:23:

“So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.”

29. Nehemiah 1:4:

“And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven.” 

30. Isaiah 58:3:

“Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.”

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Fasting And Prayer Scriptures

31. Zechariah 7:5:

“Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me?”

32. Matthew 4:2:

“And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.”

33. 2 Chronicles 7:14:

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

34. Exodus 34:28:

“And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.”

35. 1 Kings 19:8:

“And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.” 

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36. Acts 9:9:

“And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.” 

37. Deuteronomy 9:18:

“And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.”

38. Jonah 3:5:

“So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.”

39. 2 Chronicles 20: 3:

“And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.”

40. Esther 4:16:

“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.” 

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There you go, fasting and prayer scriptures, at least 40 of them for you.

There may even be more, but we know that these 40 have direct reference to fasting and prayer, as such are just enough for the occasion.

What’s more, go through them checking them up on several different translations of the Bible so you will be able to see the beauty of each of them all.

Whatever, we trust that these fasting and prayer scriptures become a go to resource for you and for your friends and loved ones always.

All the best!

40 Great Fasting And Prayer Scriptures (Bible Verses)


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