Unlock Spiritual Growth with 20 Bible Verses on Prayer and Fasting

20 Bible Verses About Prayer and Fasting to Deepen Your Spiritual Journey

Pastor Duke Taber

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Prayer and fasting are powerful spiritual practices that can draw us closer to God, providing clarity, guidance, and strength. When combined, they create a potent spiritual discipline that can lead to profound personal transformation and a deeper connection with the divine. Here are 20 Bible verses about prayer and fasting that will inspire and guide you.

20 Bible Verses About Prayer and Fasting

  1. Matthew 6:16-18 – “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
  2. Isaiah 58:6 – “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?”
  3. Joel 2:12 – “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”
  4. Ezra 8:23 – “So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.”
  5. Acts 13:2-3 – “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.”
  6. Daniel 9:3 – “Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.”
  7. Nehemiah 1:4 – “So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.”
  8. Psalm 35:13 – “But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; and my prayer would return to my own heart.”
  9. 1 Corinthians 7:5 – “Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”
  10. Matthew 17:21 – “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
  11. Esther 4:16 – “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
  12. 2 Chronicles 20:3 – “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.”
  13. Acts 14:23 – “So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.”
  14. Jonah 3:5 – “So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.”
  15. Luke 2:37 – “And this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.”
  16. Nehemiah 9:1 – “Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads.”
  17. Jeremiah 36:9 – “Now 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 who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem.”
  18. Acts 10:30 – “So 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.'”
  19. Zechariah 8:19 – “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘The fast of the fourth month, the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be joy and gladness and cheerful feasts for the house of Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.'”
  20. Psalm 69:10 – “When I wept and chastened my soul with fasting, that became my reproach.”
20 Bible Verses About Prayer and Fasting to Deepen Your Spiritual Journey

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5 Ways to Apply These Bible Verses

  1. Set a Regular Fasting Schedule: Incorporate regular fasting into your spiritual routine. Choose a day each week or month to fast and dedicate that time to prayer and seeking God’s guidance.
  2. Combine Prayer and Fasting: When facing major decisions or seeking clarity, combine your prayers with fasting. This can help you focus more intently on seeking God’s will.
  3. Fasting for Others: Follow the example in Isaiah 58:6 and fast for the needs of others. Pray for freedom and relief for those who are oppressed or burdened.
  4. Journal Your Experience: Keep a journal of your fasting and prayer experiences. Document how God speaks to you during these times and any spiritual breakthroughs you experience.
  5. Fast with a Group: Join a fasting group or encourage your church to participate in a communal fast. Collective fasting can strengthen your community and deepen your shared faith.


Prayer and fasting are time-honored spiritual disciplines that can lead to significant growth and a deeper relationship with God. These 20 Bible verses provide a powerful foundation for understanding and practicing fasting and prayer. By incorporating these practices into your life, you can experience profound spiritual renewal and draw closer to God’s presence. Remember, fasting is not just about abstaining from food but also about feasting on God’s word and seeking His face with all your heart. Let these verses inspire and guide you on your spiritual journey.

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