Details of public fasts should be left to the authorities (church or government)Public fasts are to be kept as often as authority shall see cause.
Have a right reason to fast (privately)Private, as often as a man shall have more than ordinary cause of seeking unto God, either for others or himself, 2 Sam 12:16, Neh 1:4 [should be]:
- for removing or preventing imminent judgments from the church and commonwealth, or for procuring their necessary good, Dan 9:3;
- for subduing some headstrong lust;
- for obtaining some necessary grace, or special blessing, Acts 10:30; or
- for preparing himself for some special service of God, or the like.