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What the Bible Says Concerning Fasting and Praying on Purpose.
Prayer and fasting is very important as Christians, Jesus according to the Bible fasted and prayed till his sweat became thick like blood.
The question now is, why would Jesus fast and pray so fervently if he was the Son of God, and God Himself by extension?
It’s a million-dollar question, isn’t it?
To answer this question let’s digress a bit more, according to the Holy Bible, prayer is the only way to communicate with God in the spiritual realm. God is ever knowing, and even without asking He knows all about your situation and all the challenges you are going through, but even at that you still have to ask to receive from HIM.
As children of God, the power of life and death is in your tongue, and the Bible says “ask you shall receive, seek you shall find (Matthew 7:7–8)”, it didn’t say close your mouth you shall receive.
You need to know that a closed mouth is a closed destiny.
“So men out to always pray and not to faint (Luke 18:1)”, you must know the purpose why you are fasting so you can align your fasting with prayers. Fasting without prayers is synonymous with going on a hunger strike.
As a Christian, you need to build a relationship with God by dwelling in his presence for at least 30mins to 1 hour in the place of prayer.
It is funny some Christian fast because they want to show off and many people do it because others are doing it, just to fulfill all righteousness, not genuinely because they want to seek the face of God. Some even announce that they are fasting, so people can avoid making them sin, just like in Isaiah 58:1.
Fasting is a Holy act and should be between you and God.
How would you describe a man or woman who keeps malice with his neighour while fasting?
It tells you such a person is not fasting genuinely, because fasting time should be a time of sharing, a time of forgiveness, and a time to show genuine love to one another.
When you practice love, by giving to you neighours and the less privileged during the fasting period, then shall your light break forth as the morning and your health shall spring forth speedily. The glory of the Lord shall be your reward, Isaiah 58:8.
As you continue to fast and pray this period, the doors of the heavens shall open and render all its blessings on you in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Have a blessed day!