(Matthew 6:16-18) When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Fasting and prayer helps take our eyes off the things of this world through prayer and biblical fasting, and focus it better on Christ. Fasting is not a method of punishing our bodies and it is not to be used as a “dieting method”. Prayer and fasting is definitely something we should be doing. The purpose of Christian fasting should be to take our eyes off the things of this world and focus our thoughts on God. Below are some promises God makes in His Word in regard to the blessings we will receive through prayer and fasting.
- Prayer and Fasting Provides Freedom. When we pray and fast, God promises that He will liberate us. He will loose the chains of injustice. When we fast and pray, God steps in and frees us from the perceived alienation with Him that has kept us immobilized, fearful, and disobedient for so long. As you consider God’s call to fasting, God will give you grace, comfort, and a new direction in your Christian walk. In the end you will be set free.
- Prayer and Fasting Teaches us to Share. When we fast and pray, God teaches us how to share with those who have physical and spiritual needs. Fasting and prayer put the self-life into perspective. Prayer and fasting can build within you the character to give. Giving is a joyful act, and we need to be willing to pour ourselves out to those who can do nothing for us in life. Prayer and fasting build within you the power to give.
- Prayer and Fasting Leads us to Answered Prayer. As you pray and fast, you will call on God, and He will answer you. Answered prayer is the quintessence of praying and fasting. When we humble ourselves before the Father, and when God sees we are serious about giving Him our broken spirits, He begins to do things we have never seen before. It’s empowering.
Meditation: We are not to spend time in prayer and fasting in order to lose weight, but rather to gain a deeper fellowship with God.
RM: The Importance of Prayer
Prayer: Oh Lord, help me to have an understanding of prayer in Jesus name, Amen.