Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is taught in the Bible. It is voluntarily going without food or some other enjoyment that our God has given to us. Fasting is a time for prayer, spiritual connection and renewal with our total focus and reliance on almighty God.

According to Pastor Rick Warren, fasting is important and does three important things in the life of Christians.

  • Fasting gives you more time for prayer. You can use the time you'd normally spend eating or watching TV or on Facebook, time in prayer for what God wants to do in your life or for some other specific purpose. 1st
  • Fasting demonstrates the depth of your desire when praying for something. It shows you that you are serious enough about your prayer request to pay a personal price. God honors deep desire and praying in faith. 2nd
  • Fasting releases God's supernatural power. It is a tool we can use when there is opposition to God's will. Satan would like nothing better than to cause division, discouragement, defeat, depression, and doubt among us. United prayer and fasting has always been used by God to deal a decisive blow to the enemy! 3rd
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"So we fasted and prayed about these concerns. And he listened."

Ezra 8:23 MSG

"God says, "Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?"

Isaiah 58:6 NIV
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"While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.' So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off."

Acts 13:203 NIV


Receiving God's best blessing from a fast requires solid commitment. Arranging special time each day with God is absolutely crucial to an intimate relationship with the Him. You must devote yourself to seeking God even (and especially) during those times in which you feel weak, vulnerable, or irritable.

Read His Word and pray during what were mealtimes or other times of enjoyment. Meditate on Him when you awake in the night. Sing praises to Him whenever you please. Focus on your Heavenly Father and make everything you do an act of praise and worship.

God will enable you to experience His command to "pray without ceasing" as you seek His presence.

  • Fasting is not so much about food as it is about focus.
  • Fasting is not so much about saying no to the body as it is about saying yes to the Spirit.
  • Fasting is not about doing without, it is about looking within.
  • Fasting is an outward response to an inward attitude and cry of the soul.

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Boost your daily prayer routine with a biblically inspired word from Pastor Dieuner Joseph. Our free devotions include a verse of the day and annual reading plan to elevate your faith and Bible reading habits. Set aside just 10 minutes a day to seek God and refresh your day.

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