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Calling all Anthem Family! We are asking that anyone who calls Anthem home joins us in a special time of prayer & fasting from January 9th - 29th.

Prayer meetings will take place Monday - Friday from 6a to 7a & Saturdays from 9a to 10a. All prayer meetings will take place in our main auditorium at Anthem Church located at 6947 Hohman Avenue in Hammond. We will also be streaming prayer meetings live. You join in by clicking HERE.

In preparation for our special time together, we wanted to lay out some basics of fasting. Below you will find an overview of what biblical fasting is, different fasting options to choose from, and what you can expect after the fast is over.


Fasting may very well be one of the least practiced biblical disciplines. So what exactly is fasting?


  1. Fasting is not merely going without food for a period of time. That is called dieting…maybe even starving yourself.

  2. Fasting is not punishing yourself although it may feel like it for a few days. God does not want you to punish yourself.

  3. Fasting is not something that is just done by fanatics or super religious people. On that note, the practice of fasting is not limited in scripture to ministers or special occasions.


Simply stated,

Biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose.

Fasting is finding things that have gotten in the way of your connection with God & getting them out of the way. We don’t fast so we can get more of God; we fast so God can get more of us. The discipline of fasting releases the anointing, the favor, and the blessing of God in the life of a Christian.


There is great precedent for fasting all throughout scripture:

Matthew 4:14-15 NLT

One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, “Why don’t your disciples fast[e] like we do and the Pharisees do?”15 Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast."

Acts 13:2-3 NLT

"One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” 3 So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way."

2 Corinthians 11:27 NKJV

"in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness..."

So what is fasting? Biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose.


Throughout scripture you see different kinds of fasts. The three main types of fasts found in Scripture are the absolute fast, the normal fast, and the partial fast.


An absolute fast is extreme and should be done only for very short periods of time. On an absolute fast, you take in nothing—no food, no water. Depending on your health, this fast should be attempted only with medical consultation and supervision.


Then there is a “normal fast” where you typically go without food of any kind for a certain number of days. You do drink water, and plenty of it! Depending on the length of the normal fast, you may also choose to just do juices in order maintain your strength.


Then there is a partial fast which can and is interpreted many ways. The one way it cannot be interpreted is to include that time between about 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.—when you’re sleeping! A partial fast usually involves giving up particular foods and drink for an extended period of time. The most commonly used example of a partial fast is found in the Book of Daniel where you see Daniel only ate fruits and veggies for 21 days. You can boil that down to kind of no meats & no sweets.