If we seriously want to see God at work, we need to be serious about prayer. It is something we all need to be involved in as we seek God, give thanks and ask Him for the things we need.
“Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.”
Fasting is not new. Many of the people in the Bible, including Jesus and the members of the early Church both fasted and prayed. Normally fasting is giving up food for a period of time – anything from one meal to maybe going several days without taking food. For others, it may mean giving up particular types of food e.g. meat. If it is not possible to give up food, then fasting can be giving up something that is precious to you – such as TV, social media, etc. The whole idea is that more time can be focused on prayer – and not just the giving up!
When fasting from food, it is important to continue drinking liquids.
There are some people who should not fast from food
- Those with medical conditions or who are on medication that requires food.
- Those who have suffered from eating disorders
- Pregnant women and nursing mothers.
When praying – try to get rid of all distractions. Mobile phones turned off etc. Also it is good to pray with others. Why not join up with someone else and pray together.