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Community Group Discussion Questions - Fasting

Updated: Jan 16

What has your past experience with fasting been? Why have you or haven’t you fasted in the past? What has Jesus taught you about or through fasting?

  • Read Matthew 9:14-15. What does Jesus say is the purpose of fasting? In what ways has Jesus’ kingdom not fully come to bear in your world? Where are you praying for Jesus to come in and push back darkness?

  • Read Isaiah 58. What insights does God give us about the type of fasting that He desires? Pay attention to the “if” “then” Statements. 

  • Are there any functional saviors that you should consider fasting from? If so, what? (These could be morally neutral things.) Here are some helpful questions to help you diagnose:

  • What things absolutely draw you away from Jesus?

  • What things distract you from Jesus or cause you to grow numb to Him?

  • What things become excuses for not participating in community or serving others?

  • What things do you run to when you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired?

Functional saviors:

  • 1. What am I most afraid of?

  • 2. What do I long for most passionately?

  • 3. Where do I run for comfort?

  • 4. What do I complain about the most?

  • 5. What angers me most?

  • 6. What makes me happiest?

  • 7. How do I explain myself to other people?

  • 8. What has caused me to be angry with God?

  • 9. What do I brag about?

  • 10. What do I want to have more than anything else?

  • 11. What do I sacrifice the most for in my life?

  • 12. If I could change one thing in my life what would that be?

  • 13. Whose approval am I seeking?

  • 14. What do I want to control/master?

  • 15. What comfort do I treasure the most?

  • Are there any ways as a group that we should fast together or encourage each other as we fast?

  • Read Matthew 6:16-18. What did Jesus tell them about fasting?

  • Jesus’ time in the wilderness prepared him for the mission God gave him. How can the practice of fasting help us face temptations and challenges?

  • As you think about fasting this week, discuss these questions:

  • What are some obstacles or fears you have regarding fasting?

  • Is there a part of you that resists this practice or doesn’t see value in it?

  • Where do you have time in your routine to dedicate to fasting?

Things to consider as you plan to fast:

  • Ten reasons why we should fast.

  1. To strengthen your prayers. Nehemiah 1:4

  2. To see God’s guidance. Acts 14:23

  3. To grieve. Judges 20:26

  4. To seek deliverance and protection. Esther 4:16

  5. To express repentance. Joel 2:12

  6. To humble yourself before God. Psalm 35:13

  7. To express concern for the work of God. Daniel 9

  8. To minister to the needs of others. Isaiah 58:5-6

  9. To overcome temptation. Matthew 4

  10. To express love and worship to God. Luke 2:37

   Think about your intentions as you begin your fast and tell God as you begin your fast.

  • Start your time of fasting with a devotional or read Scripture. A Psalm is a great way to start. Then use a structure like the 4 R method to guide your time:

  • Recognize

  • Receive

  • Request

  • Release

  • Write down any thoughts that come to mind so you can refer back and see how God answered your prayers.

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