4 Types of Fasts

4 Types of Fasts

Supernatural Fast

A fast divinely enabled by God.

Moses fasted for two periods of 40 days. Deuteronomy 9:9, 18

Elijah did not eat for 40 days. 1 Kings 19:8

Regular/Normal Fast

A refrain from eating all food but continuing to drink liquids.

Jehoshaphat’s fast. 2 Chronicles 20:3

David fasted from food. 2 Samuel 12:21

Jesus did not eat but likely drank. Matthew 4:2

Absolute/Full/Total Fast

No food and no drink.

Ninevites and animals did not eat or drink. Jonah 3:5-10

Fast from eating and drinking. Esther 4:15-16; Ezra 10:6

Saul neither ate nor drank. Acts 9:9

Partial Fast

 A restriction that omits a specific meal or type of food from the diet.

Ate no delicacies or meat. Daniel 10:2-3