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Fasting must be entered into with care. Those who are under strict medical supervision should seek instructions from their medical doctor before committing to a fast. It’s also possible to “fast” from things other than food, such as TV, sports or entertainment. The Bible mentions three different varieties of fasting: The Normal Fast: In this type of fast, the person abstained from food but not water. The duration can be that which the individual or group feels led to set. Jesus fasted for 40 days (Matthew 4:2). However, the more common practice of a normal fast appears to be from one to three days. The Partial Fast: In this type of fast, the emphasis is placed on the restriction of diet, rather than abstaining completely from eating. Examples are: Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego eating only vegetables and drinking only water (Daniel 1:15), and later on Daniel practiced a partial fast for three weeks (Daniel 10:3). The Absolute Fast: An absolute fast is one in which the person refrains from both food and water. Such fasts are described throughout the Bible, such as in 1 Kings 19:8, Deuteronomy 9:9-18 and Exodus 34:28). The prophet Elijah went on such a fast in 1 Kings 19:8. The great leader Ezra did so in Ezra 10:6. Queen Esther and her household fasted in Esther 4:16). The Apostle Paul fasted in Acts 9:9.