Nehemiah was a cup-bearer to Artaxerxes, king of Persia. He learned terrible news about the remnant in Judah and the city of Jerusalem. He grieved and fasted.
Here is the key Bible verse:
Nehemiah 1:4. When I heard these words, I sat down and wept, and mourned several days; and I fasted and prayed before the God of heaven,
I fasted and prayed. When Nehemiah heard the bad news about the situation of the Jews in Jerusalem, he was overcome with grief. For days he fasted and prayed.
The natural human reaction to grief is to fast and pray. It is an impulse that is hard-wired into most of us.
Fasting is only for those who are medically capable. Check with your health care provider. Experts say you need to be under the supervision of a doctor during the time of a fast.
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