A fast (nesteia)

The Greek word nesteia (pronounced nace-ti'-ah) means a fast.

Continuation of Old Testament Usage

  To express griefTo ask God for helpEmpty religious performanceIndividualCorporate
(Matthew 17:21, Mark 9:29)       Y  
Luke 2:37   Y   Y  
Acts 14:23   Y     Y
Acts 27:9          
2 Corinthians 6:5          
2 Corinthians 11:27          
Total 0 2 0 2 1

New Testament Usage

  Lead by Holy SpiritFather's RewardWorshipDedicationSpiritual Authority
(Matthew 17:21, Mark 9:29)         Y
Luke 2:37     Y    
Acts 14:23          
Acts 27:9          
2 Corinthians 6:5          
2 Corinthians 11:27          
Total 0 0 1 0 1

Matthew 17:21 But this kind of demon won't leave except by prayer and fasting. (This verse only in some manuscripts)

Mark 9:29 Jesus replied, "This kind can be cast out only by prayer and fasting." (and fasting only in some manuscripts)

Luke 2:37 Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshiping God with fasting and prayer.

Acts 14:23 Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.

Acts 27:9 We had lost a lot of time. The weather was becoming dangerous for sea travel because it was so late in the fall (lit. since even the fast was already over), and Paul spoke to the ship's officers about it.

2 Corinthians 6:5 We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food.

2 Corinthians 11:27 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.

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