Fasting

“Moreover when ye fast…”

Matt 6:16

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

Dan. 9:3,4

“But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.”

Mark 2:20 

 

 

Subsection

Is it Lawful to Fast on the Lord’s Day?

 

 

Articles & Sermons

1600

Burges, Cornelius – Two Sermons Preached…  at Two Public Fasts. The former, opening the necessity and benefit of washing the heart; the latter, discovering the vanity and mischief of an heart unwashed  Ref  1642/5  Westminster divine

Spurstowe, William – England’s Pattern and Duty in its Monthly Fasts presented in a sermon, preached to both Houses of Parliament Assembled  being sermon 5 on 1 Sam. 7:6  in The Sermons of William Spurstowe  Pre  ToC  Buy  1643  Westminster divine

Chambers, Humphrey – A Divine Balance to Weigh Religious Fasts In. Applied to present use, in a sermon preached…  at their public fast  on Zech. 7:5-7  Ref  1643  Westminster divine

Palmer, Herbert – The Soul of Fasting: or Affections Requisite in a Day of Solemn Fasting and Humiliation, according to the pattern, Neh. 9:5, etc  ToC  1644  Westminster divine

Coleman, Thomas – God’s Unusual Answer to a Solemn Fast. Or, some observations upon the late sad success in the west, upon the day immediately following our public humiliation; in a sermon before the Houses of Parliament, on a fast specially set apart upon that occasion, Sept. 12, 1644  ToC  Westminster divine, Erastian

Proffet, Nicholas – England’s Impenitency under Smiting, causing anger to continue, and the destroying hand of God to be stretched forth still. Set out in a sermon preached before the Honourable House of Commons, at a Public Fast, Sept. 25, 1644  on Isa. 9:13  33 pp.  Westminster divine

Vines, Richard – The Purifying of Unclean Hearts and Hands. Opened in a Sermon preached…  at their solemn fast  in XII Sermons Preached upon Several Public Occasions  Ref  1658  Westminster divine

Mr. Barker – A Religious Fast. The duty whereof is asserted, described, persuaded in a brief, exercise upon Mark 2:20  on Mk. 2:20  in Puritan Sermons, vol. 2

Hacket, John – Fasting  on Neh. 1:4  in Tracts of the Anglican Fathers, no. 4, Practical,  also in A Century of Sermons upon Several Remarkable Subjects: Preached by the Right Reverend Father in God, John Hacket  Ref  1675  Westminster divine

Manton, Thomas – in Works 15

A Fast Sermon  on Isa. 43:22
A Fast Sermon  on Mal. 3:7

Owen, John – A Fast Sermon, Christian Duty Under the Hidings of God’s Face  on Isa. 8:17  in Posthumous Sermons First Published in 1854  in Works, vol. 16

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1700’s

Henry, Matthew – in Works, vol. 2

Fast Sermon I  on Isa. 8:12-13
Fast Sermon II  on Isa. 42:21
Fast Sermon III  on Jer. 14:7
Fast Sermon IV  on Mt. 13:7

Boston, Thomas – ‘A Memorial Concerning Personal and Family Fasting’ on Zech. 12:12  in Works, vol. 11, pp. 343-393

Edwards, Jonathan – Fast Days in Dead Times  on Isa. 58:3-5  in Sermons and Discourses, 1734-1738  being WJE Online, Vol. 19

Wesley, John – When You Fast  on Mt. 6:16-18

MacLaurin, John – Contents of a National Fast Day Sermon  on Ps. 119:26  1745  in The Works of Rev. John MacLaurin  ed. W.H. Goold (Edinburgh, 1860), vol. 2, p. 507 ff.  Scottish divine

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1800’s

Alexander, Archibald

‘Fasting’  no date or source info, 7 paragraphs

A Short Conversation on Fasting and Prayer  in Practical Truths

Miller, Samuel – The Duty, the Benefits, and the Proper Method of Religious Fasting, Dan. 9:3, Two Sermons  1831

Spurgeon, Charles – Sad Fasts Changed to Glad Feasts

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2000’s

Rishel, Joel – ‘Why God’s People should Fast’  2002  9 pp.

Rishel holds an M.Div. from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary.  He has been the Director of Operations for the publisher Soli Deo Gloria.

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Books

Du Moulin & Henry Wilkinson – Repentance and Fasting  Buy

Du Moulin (1601-1684), was a Reformed French Calvinist, and Wilkinson (1566-1647) was a Reformed preacher and scholar and member of the Westminster Assembly.

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Quotes

On Days of Public Fasting

Samuel Rutherford  1642

A Peaceable and Temperate Plea for Paul’s Presbytery in Scotland, Chapter 20, Article 7

The fast is indicted [called and set] eight days before, and the causes laid open for preparing of the people for humiliation (as Joel 2:1-3; Isa. 22:12,13).  We have no anniversary [annual] and set fasts or feasts either, because God Himself by his judgment imminent, or already inflicted, or by permitting his people to follow their own ways, calls to fasting and mourning (Isa. 22:13, Joel 2:1-6, etc.), and so by his mercies and wonderful deliverances calls to extraordinary joy of thanksgiving (Ps. 118:24).  The doctrine of the Law is preached (as Joel 2 and Isa 58), and the fast observed with abstinence from meat and drink, and carnal and ordinary pleasures (Joel 2:16).  

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