Is fasting required to communicate with God?

Question: Regarding fasting: some pastors say that when you want God to communicate with you, you have to fast for three days or more, and if you want to be delivered from certain things fasting has to be involved. Is it really true? Secondly, in Matthew 17:19-21, may I ask for further clarification? What are…

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If you chose to fast, how do you not let family members know?

Question: Hi, I’m a little confused about the practice of fasting. From what I understand, we, Christians, have the freedom to do fasting and that it should be done privately. At the present time, families mostly stay at home and it is unavoidable to notice everyone’s actions inside the house. If one desires to fast…

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Rituals Don’t Cancel Sin

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/RitualsDontCancelSin.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Isaiah 58:1-14   I.         Men get into their minds that they need to make God listen to them             A.        Like a child holding his breath, they believe that if they suffer, then God will listen             B.        There were false religions based on self-inflicted pain to gain their god’s attention – I Kings…

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Doesn’t Matthew 6:17 tell us to anoint ourselves?

Question: Hi, I am a member of the church in Indiana. I was studying this morning about fasting and like always, I drifted off into another topic (I’m sure this happens to you also and many Christians). That’s one reason why God’s Word is so good because you can never have enough. As I stated,…

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Did Jesus gain the power to do miracles because he fasted?

Question: Before Jesus began his ministry, he was led to the desert where he was tempted. He fasted the whole period. Many in the denominations claim he was empowered two perform miracles after his fast, such as turning water into wine, etc. In their claim, two miracle-working powers popular are that they fasted for a…

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Do you need to be baptized in order to go to heaven?

Question: Hello, I have a couple of questions, but I hope I am not bothering you in any way. Do you need to be baptized in order to go to heaven? If so, what other things must you do? Do you need to be baptized to be a Christian? Can you be a Christian if…

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Is it necessary to fast or to give something up for God?

Question: Is it necessary to fast or to give something up for God? For example, I love video games. So does me giving up video games for a week please God? Answer: “Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject…

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Can a Christian come back after falling several times?

Question: I’ve been pondering and thinking about it all. Here’s my question, can a saved Christian after he’s saved and changes his lifestyle, shrink back? Fall from the faith? Go back to his old ways? And then return back to Christ? For a more clear illustration: Say a young man is involved with gang activity,…

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What kind of oil should be used for anointing during fasts?

Question: Would you please explain Matthew 6:17? It says “But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head and wash thy face” but many people say something like do not take this verse literally, anointing one’s head is not really important, what really matters is his/her attitude towards God. But I think since the Bible teaches…

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Is it an obligation to fast and make sacrifices to God?

Question: Is it an obligation to fast and make sacrifices for God? Or is it just a holy week thing? If it is an obligation, how often are we supposed to do it? Answer: For fasting, see: Should Christians fast? The only sacrifice in the New Testament is the dedication of one’s life to God. “I…

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