Fasting and Prayer – Key to Power

Fasting and prayer is one of the most powerful spiritual combinations on earth. True fasting brings humility and alignment with God. It breaks the power of flesh and demons. It kills unbelief and brings answers to prayer when nothing else works.

It has been well said that prayer is not preparation for the battle – prayer IS the battle. And of all the things we can do to enhance the power and focus of prayer, fasting is doubtless the most potent.

This is where the power is at, because fasting puts us in harmony with an All Powerful God who demands humility from those who wish to be close to Him. Fasting humbles the flesh. When it is done for that purpose, it pleases the Spirit of God.

You can go a certain distance in God, and experience many things, without fasting much, but the highest, richest and most powerful blessings always go to those who together with other disciplines, fast much unto God. The most significant Biblical characters, with the possible exception of Abraham, were all men of fasting and prayer. Jesus, the Son of God, was a man of fasting and prayer (Matthew 4:2). So was the apostle Paul (2 Corinthians 11:27). Moses fasted 80 days. Elijah fasted 40 days. The early church fasted before starting any major work. The greatest spiritual leaders of the 20th century who are making an impact are all men of fasting of prayer to my knowledge. Anyone who started a significant spiritual movement in Christianity was, to the best of my knowledge – Luther, Wesley, Finney, Booth were all men of fasting. In our day, Cho, Bonnke, Osborn, Annacondia are all men of much fasting. If done right, fasting counts a lot with God.

Fasting is not magic, nor does it twist the arm of God. God wants to do many amazing things, but He looks for those willing to urgently make the corrections needed to come into line with him. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Successful fasting is also the fastest way to learn patience. It takes patience and endurance to fast for more than a day. Many of God’s tests come quicker to us when we fast, and we have a better opportunity to pass them. If we want to go far with God we would have to face these tests anyway, but much later, and in a more time consuming and difficult way. We need to “bite the bullet” and embrace the correction God wants to apply to our souls.

Fasting gives you God’s focus for your life. It is a major key to hearing God’s voice (the other is true worship – the two are related). We need focus from God more than anything. The world we live in is working overtime to distract us, to entice us, to win our hearts and minds, our focus, and to determine our vision. Fasting cuts out the world so we can tune into God. If we are obedient to God fasting will make us catalysts for revival and awakening.

Examples of Fasting and Prayer and the Purpose God Had in It

Ezra the priest fasted for God’s protection while carrying valuable things for God’s temple. We too can fast for God’s protection. (Ezra 8:21-23)

Daniel the prophet fasted for the fulfilment of God’s promises, and received mighty revelations from God. (Daniel 10:3).

Jesus fasted and spoke the Word of God to overcome Satan (See Matthew 4:1-10; Luke 4:1-13).

Jesus fasted to begin his public ministry, and have the power of God and the anointing. (Luke 4:14).

Elijah needed to fast 40 days before he heard God’s voice again. (1 Kings 19:8)

Moses fasted to receive the Ten Commandments and the Law of God, and to see God’s glory and goodness.

The elders, prophets and teachers in Antioch fasted and ministered to God, which resulted in the launching of Paul and Barnabas’ apostolic ministry to the Gentiles (Acts 13:2,3). Likewise we should fast and pray before getting involved in full time ministry and mission work.

Jesus says to us in Matthew 6:16, “When you fast…” not “If you fast”. A true disciple of the Lord will fast at times.

God made it clear through the prophet Joel that the last days outpouring of the Spirit will be in proportion to our fasting and crying out to God in humility, hunger and repentance. (Joel 1:5; Joel 2:12).

Even wicked King Ahab’s fast moved God so that he did not bring full judgment down on him in his own lifetime (1 Kings 21:27).

The Pain of Fasting

Fasting is not easy. There are degrees of fasting, of course. The pain of fasting is twofold. The physical pain is due to the detoxification of our bodies. All the accumulate poison and garbage starts to come into our blood and we feel dreadful. This can be alleviated by fasting on juice. With juice fasting you have some control on the speed of your body’s detoxification.

The soulish pain is due to the conflict in the spiritual realm between your flesh and the Spirit of God. This goes behind the natural desire to eat. There is soulish pain because:

1. Most times our bodies are demanding food 3 times a day and complain that food is needed when they are denied. A little training in fasting soon clears up this misconception.

2. You cannot use food as an emotional crutch to give pleasure, drowsiness, satisfaction and escape. Instead you must depend on God for comfort.

3. You are brought face to face with other painful issues in your life. God reveals the need for you to forgive others, to repent of your wicked ways, to stop running from Him and start trusting Him. There is thus also a spiritual and soulish detoxification which happens when we fast.

4. You will be attacked by demonic forces seeking to induce you to give up the fast. Jesus experienced this in the wilderness with Satan (Matthew 4:1-10). Great spiritual victories are won or lost on our willingness to endure spiritual hardship and temptation out of love and faithfulness to the Lord.

5. You will experience weakness at times, and we like to feel strong and in control. Fasting teaches us dependence upon God.

Prayer and Fasting Testimonies

A number of people ask what you may or may not have during fasting. This depends of what God called you to do. It is normal to drink water during fasting. Never go without water more than three days. An easier fast which is more suitable for those who have other responsibilities which require energy is to drink only juice and water. Another way to fast is just to eat one meal per day for a number of days. All these fasts can have value. God will lead you.

You can get more information on the technical aspects of fasting at www.fasting.ws. Suffice for now to say that you SHOULD drink water and plenty of it when you fast. If you are working and unable to fast fully on water, you can drink juice or even have one meal a day, and these partial fasts do also have some value in subduing the flesh and bringing you closer to God.

I want to make more information available on this subject as time goes on. Please join me in seeking God and we can pray for each other that God will strengthen us in our resolve to let Him teach us to wait upon Him with fasting, prayer and the Word.

Michael

 

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Fasting - Key to Power
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Explains biblically why fasting - denying yourself food - is a major key to spiritual power, especially when combined with prayer, the Word and obedience to the Holy Spirit.
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  1. SIMEON ANDREW says:

    GOD HAS BE SO GRACIOUS TO ME AND FAMILY. I HAD REQUESTED THROUGH THIS MEDIUM THAT BRETHREN SHOULD JOINE ME IN PRAYERS CONCERNING MY BROTHER THAT BECAME INSANE SINCE MARCH THIS YEAR,BY THE GRACE OF GOD THROUGH PRAYERS AND FASTING MY BROTHER HAS GOT OVER THE SPIRITS OF INSANITY AND COMPLETELY WELL NOW.GIVE YOUR LIFE OVER TO A MEANINGFUL PRAYERS AND FASTING TODAY AND SEE THE WONDERS OF GOD TODAY.
    PRAISE GOD !!!!

    • That’s a great report. Why not send me a testimony or create a blog page here and post it. Please use lower case letters though – its easier to read. 🙂

    • Hallelujah!! It is wonderful to hear our great God does great things for those who believe Him! May you and your brother be blessed with all spiritual blessings! Yes, our Lord cannot sit still when His children cry to Him from the bottom of their heart. Let us be ready to meet Jesus our saviour whose return is imminent! I humbly praise and thank Lord for giving your brother a wonderful deliverance! Let us pray none of us gets tempted in to the world and in to devil’s work. Praise the Lord!

    • So AWESOME.. Bless you and ur brother this very moment. Pray for HIM NEVER TO RELAPSE AND NEVER GO INSANE AGAIN. THIS IS A PRAYER FOR YOU. IN JESUS NAME AMEN

  2. Hie Michael
    Yesterday i came across your website and i was very touched by the stories and testimonies especially the ones on fasting.This website is very helpful. I have started fasting today for three days and i would like you to pray for me i am going through a very difficult time.

    Please i ask you to pray for my partner who have left me for another woman three weeks ago. I love him so much and i pray that god will lead him back to me and help us restore our relationship. Please pray for the woman also that god has mercy upon her soul and that they both realise that what they are doing is not right. Pray for me also that god gives me stregth and guidance through this difficult time im going through and that i come out of the three day fasting stronger in faith. Thank you and god bless you

    • fastingcures says:

      God wanted you to take this time to see if this relationship was really meant to be. I noticed you said partner? God does want you to have someone to love you for you, but I don’t think he believes adulterous relationships really lead one to true happiness. It took me a long time to learn that lesson. God has a better plan for you, but stick to your guns and hold out for the one that will bring marriage, not just just companionship.

    • please always start God with a capital.

  3. Please pray for me and my family. My husband and I have been married for 21 years and together for 26. We have three chldren but we are living in two different countries. the keys are with me; even though we talk every single day we have not seen each other for two years 2 months; and unless God grants us a miracle we would not be together for another two years.

    Please, please, remind us in your prayers.

    • hello zoila my name is nicky ([email protected]) call me nick iamfasting and prayer for my own sake AS WELL FOR YOU TOO I PRAY….(PRAYER)lord jesus christ hear my prayer as iam fasting and prayer my name is nicky peter huwiler from switzerland i pray here on the website( http://www.christian-faith.com/fasting-key-power/ ))for (zoila) she have 3 children but her husband is from another country))they have not seen each other for 2 years and 2 months just as i lived after… in canada and i met pim my thai wife on internet……and came togheter make a straight “way” a straight “path” in her life so zoila can meet finally meet her husband……so be it in jesus christ name in the name of the father the son the holy spirit……amen

  4. Hello

    Thank you for the information on fasting. I’m bookmarking it so I can refer back again. Today is my first attempt at fasting. Perhaps niavely (sp?) I stepped into this day thinking a piece of toast before sunrise and a juice drink later will do it. Today my focus is on learning about fasting and prayer. I hope I honor our Lord God today with my attempt.
    God Bless You, Kathy

  5. Marites says:

    Dear Brother and Sister,
    Wanna say thank you for the scriptures written about prayer and fasting, since i was doing it now for 4 days, there i found the exact way of fasting and Jesus fast for 40 days, since we are disciples God we should fast. Thank you so much for the informative details.

    God loves you, He cares and God bless you

    Sister in Christ,

    Marites

  6. Margaret Jebet says:

    I just want to thank Christian-faith website for such powerful scriptures and teachings about fasting. I feel God ministering to me through this website and its true that fasting brings you near to God. I really feel blessed and its my prayers that God will continue revealing his powers to this website.

    Maggie

  7. lizvale says:

    does God make any distinction in answering our prayer when we fast or not?is not He after our hearts,if our hearts are sincere, even we dont fast will it make any diffence for God?thanks. anna

    • Anna,

      Your Fasting is not what moves God to answer your prayers, rather your fasting subdues your flesh and moves you into a position in wish you can receive more from God. So yes God is after your heart and he blesses those who seek him with all their heart. However, so many times our flesh stands between us and God and the blessings that he has for us. This is where fasting comes in, it is a powerful tool that causes the flesh to surrender to the full work of God allowing him to do all he wishes to do in our lives and that includes answering our prayers.

      Emem

  8. Thank you so much I am a little worried about a situation that concerns my mother! On the way to work I work the graveyard shift a voice spoke to me and said be in one accord with your mom right now you and your siblings. Give up what desires of this world fast. My sister loves to eat and I as well I have a short fuse so we need to both fast and pray for our mothers situation to be delivered shut out the worldly things and connect to what God wants for our mother. I am asking for all of your PRAYERS as to let this wonderful and bountiful blessing be fullfilled for my mother!

    Love Alway
    REKAH AND LANI the daughters of TERRI

  9. A really good site on fasting is http://www.juicefasting.org – for how to do it and the physical details – how to do it, what to expect, so forth. I find it very interesting how much easier it is to be a good Christian when my body is in good health. The easy anger is gone and things like patience, compassion, etc. become easier.

    Also, Stephen Harrod Buhner’s book “The Fasting Path” goes into the spiritual aspects of fasting quite a bit. He talks about the mental/emotional changes in fasting that bring us closer to God and strengthen our feelings of love and compassion to those around us.

  10. chica_miel says:

    e by the Holy Spirit.

    A pastor at my church said this. “God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.”

    For some time, I was wondering how people’s prayers were answered when they started fasting.

    Well, I get “it” now.

    When we are weak, as comes with fasting, God’s strength is made perfect.”

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