The practicing of refusing food in order to focus exclusively on the presence of God

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What's the importance of Fasting?

What's the importance of Fasting? I've felt compelled at times to fast, but I'm not quite sure what the purpose is. I went online and found that it's very healthy for your body, it's something that a ...
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Does taking communion break the fast? Is there a Scriptural or Traditional case to be made either way?

Now, once, I was fasting. I was destined to fast for three weeks. Now the church that I went to had Communion once every month, and it happened that my second last Sunday of fasting was my church's ...
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How does fasting affect violent situations not under my control?

I read an article yesterday about Pope Francis announcing a day of fasting on Sept. 7th for the situation in Syria. According to Catholic/Orthodox/Anglican doctrine, exactly how does my fasting affect ...
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When Did Catholics Cease to Fast as the Orthodox Do?

From what I understand, the Western and Eastern churches fasted identically for a long time: Wednesday and Friday, and the entirety of Lent. Is this untrue? If not, when and why did the Catholics ...
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How long, and in what cases did Catholics participate in the Black Fast?

I ran across the term "Black Fast" and looked it up. The articles I'm finding indicate that it's extreme, and give some information about the types of foods allowed during it, but I keep expecting to ...
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When were the Fasting Patterns of the Eastern Orthodox Church Established?

I am under the impression that the fasting patterns of the Orthodox church were established over the course of several centuries. I am interested in some sources that would clarify when the pattern ...
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Did the modern LDS idea of fast offerings have extra-Mormon roots?

[LDS] members are encouraged to fast once a month on Fast Sunday and to give the money they save by not eating two meals to the church; those who can afford to be more generous are encouraged to ...
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Should we be able fast like the fasts described in Bible? [closed]

If you look carefully at the scripture, there are instances were some people fast to pray and/or to express their sorrow. However, the length of the fast seems to be astronomical; some people like ...
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How do Roman Catholics interpret 1 Timothy 4:3

In it's context in the NRSVCE (including section title): False Asceticism 4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful ...
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Should one avoid fasting during Easter?

Tomorrow is the first Friday in Easter and in the Catholic Church Fridays are days of penance. If a person usually does something small, like not continuously munch on things while at his desk, in ...
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Was regular weekly fasting a widespread, formal tradition in the early Church?

In The Story of Christianity,* author Justo Gonzalez offers the following: There were indeed times set aside for sorrow for one's sins, in particular during the two weekly days of fasting, which ...
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What denominations don't believe in fasting? And Why?

There is a question on here about the importance of fasting. But this is different because I want to know what denominations don't believe in fasting and why they think that its not important. I ...
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What do Christians do on a Fasting day besides worshipping?

While Christians fast, do they only focus on worshipping God (such as bible reading and praying)? If they involve in any other activity besides worshipping God, would fasting be inefficient? What did ...
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What was the Original Purpose of Fasting from “Wine” and “Olive Oil” in the Orthodox Tradition?

The Orthodox are required to fast from "wine" and "olive oil" most Wednesdays and Fridays, for Lent, the Dormition of the Theotokos, the Nativity, and other fasts. Nearly all Orthodox define "wine" ...
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Fasting in Daniel 10, What is going on?

Cyrus king of Persia revealed to Daniel that something bad was happening. He fasted and did the whole 9-yards for 3 weeks. My question is, what happened afterwards? He obviously was super tired and ...
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How do Christians exercise self-control in the abstinence of food during fasting?

I am aware of the Lord teaching us to pray, detailing how and how not it should be done, but the only thing he said about fasting was "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad ...
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Do these Scripture say that prayer along with fasting is more powerful than either alone?

I am aware that Jesus placed much emphasis on both prayer and on fasting. And I am not really sure that the following Scriptures call for doing both at the same time, but it can be taken to believe ...
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How should I fast? [closed]

Two weeks ago I was desperate to free myself from certain persistent, sinful acts that enslaved me for a long time. I could not talk to anyone about it and decided, for the very first time in my life, ...
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Questions about Lent

There are some things I've been told since I was kid that I'd like to ask about regarding fasting. I'm a Catholic Maronit. Therefore I'd like Chatholic answers. Are we allowed to eat whatever we ...
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Is fasting an eating disorder? [closed]

Is the fasting mentioned in Matthew 4:2, 6:16-18, and 17:21 a sign of an eating disorder? What are the differences between fasting and an eating disorder?