Hello everyone ❤️ and bless you for joining my community . Today marked day 21 for me of fasting and prayer for the start of 2019. My hope is to share with you my personal experience and exactly what it means to fast and pray. Also, for those who have never heard of fasting along with prayer, please continue reading. I hope you enjoy!
God bless you!
– What is fasting?
According to the dictionary, it is to abstain from all food or to eat sparingly or of certain kinds of food, especially as a religious observance.
Also, there are many scriptures in the Bible that reference fasting.
A scripture regarding fasting that best represents why I fast: Ezra 8:23 “So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer”
– What makes fasting combined with prayer such a powerful act?
Many people use fasting for various reasons, but when we add prayer to fasting we are placing God first on our list. As we begin to seek God more throughout the day placing a higher importance on our Lord, we send a message to God that we are indeed passionate on hearing back and receiving an answer. In my experience, I always receive major breakthroughs from fasting and praying. Most importantly, I become closer to God.
– What did I gain?
I gained more passion in seeking God and I became more in love with Jesus! I developed a hunger for the Lord. I started a new craving – to be filled up by the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we use food to fill us up or we may use food to feed an emotion. Hence, this is where fasting helps us turn our needs over to the attention of God. We in-turn develop more hunger for God through our fasting and praying. Through that hunger, we become closer to God and we can hear God more clearly and prayers are answered more frequently.
– My message to you:
Do you feel a prayer you’ve prayed hasn’t been answered? It’s time to take radical action and give fasting and prayer a chance to work in your life. Also know, it doesn’t always need to be food. It can be any distraction, I.e. (Social Media, Television, Negative Thinking, Negative Speaking, Gossip, etc.) you know your vice in which you are ready to break free from in order to develop a stronger relationship with God and receive your breakthrough! I challenge you to fast and pray by starting with 3 days and then a week, and then 21 days!
God Bless You!