The Power of Prayer and Fasting
Fasting is a powerful form of exercise.
Some fast for a spiritual exercise. Some fast for personal gains.
For all religious believers, spiritual fast is recommended.
It is that kind of fast where you deny yourself of food
and water for a certain period of time and it must be accompanied with prayer.
Jesus, as every believer’s role model mentioned
that some things can only be done through fasting and praying (Mark 9:29).
A spiritual fast must be accompanied by prayer. A mere abstinence from food and water
without prayer is merely a hunger strike.
Jesus also said that; “When you fast, don’t make it obvious,
as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable
and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting.
I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.
But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face.
Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father,
who knows what you do in private.
And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Matthew 6:16-18 (NLT)
To humble yourself before God and repent of your transgressions
When King David humbled himself before God in fasting,
his transgression was pardoned over adultery. 2 Samuel 12:13
People of Nineveh wasted to time as they engaged in fasting,
and their nation was spared from destruction.
Ezra 8:21, Isaiah 58, Jonah 3:5,
For a spiritual intervention – Queen Esther fasted for three days and night for a spiritual
intervention and the safety of her people,
her life and her nation was spared from destruction as a result. Esther 4
For deliverance – Jesus encouraged his disciples that deliverance can only come by prayer and fasting.
“And He said to them,
this kind can come out by nothing except by prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29
To seek God’s face – These men; Daniel, Ezra,
Joel all sought God’s face over different situations and God answered them.
For guidance – Moses fasted for forty days and forty nights to get the book of guidance law
from God - Exodus 34:28
Jehoshaphat also fasted and prayed in order to get guidance from God -
2 Chronicles 20:3
Fast because God commanded it to the children of Israel.
Since Christians have become spiritual Israelites,
we are obliged to act accordingly -
Leviticus 16:29, Leviticus 23:27,
(spiritual Israelites - Hebrews 8:10-12, Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Ezekiel 36:26-28).
What are the benefits of fasting?
It makes you look better and healthier -
Daniel and his friends denied themselves the king’s
delicacies that they might remain pure before God.
After ten days, they looked better and healthier than all the young men
who ate the king’s finest food. Daniel 1:15-20
It makes the impossible possible -
Esther was able to save a nation condemned to death
through fasting and praying.
She fasted for three days and three nights before she faced the king,
the consequences of
which is death unless the king accepts her visit by pointing his rod at her.
In fear and trepidation, having fasted and prayed,
Esther won the king's heart and she was able to change the course of history.
It empowers you over temptations – Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights
after which he was hungry.
The devil came immediately to tempt him but Jesus was able to overcome the temptations. Matthew 4:1-2
Prophet Elijah was empowered for forty days and forty nights for a spiritual journey.
1 Kings 19:4-8
1) Fasting and prayer prepares you for spiritual battle
2) Studying the Bible gives you spiritual nourishment
3) Submiting to God brings his desire into your life
Who should fast?
All believers should fast and pray, the Bible encourages believers to fast and pray.
Fasting can make the impossible possible.
Whatever your reason for fasting is to make sure it is the true fasting recognized by God.
Jesus Bless you all