10 Importance of Fasting and Prayer as Christians From the Bible
One of the most important practices in the Christian religion is fasting. It is a well-kept secret because Jesus Himself, after being baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River and receiving the spectacular revelation from Heaven by the Holy Spirit that He pleased God, engaged in a 40-day fast in the desert before beginning His earthly ministry.
The adversary of our souls makes every effort to prevent us from comprehending and engaging in the practice of fasting and prayer. You already know the answer if you were wondering why this should be the case. Satan is aware that if we practice discipline as an integral part of our spiritual journey, we will possess spiritual strength. If we want to successfully live out our religion and claim to be disciples of Jesus, we must in some way exercise the spiritual discipline of fasting. The early church kept up its regular practice of fasting and prayer even after Jesus ascended to heaven.
Here are the top 10 importance of fasting and prayer from the Bible;
however, I’m sure there are many more. Now that the references have been provided, please use an open bible app or print bible to learn for yourself from the scriptures. It could only be thrilling.
1. The ability to defeat Satan and his minions
As told in Matthew 4:1–11, when Satan tried to tempt Jesus over and over again in the desert, Jesus put him in his place. “Then the devil left Him, and lo, angels came and served Him,” verse 11 states. “Now after the devil had completed every temptation, he fled from Him until an appropriate moment,” Luke writes in Luke 4:13 (NIV). The best course of action is to adopt a consistent life of prayer and fasting if you want the devil to stop bothering you for a while. You’ll be prepared when he comes back for another match, without a doubt.
Before beginning his ministry, the Lord Jesus fasted for 40 days. This is not to argue that in order to worship God, everyone must fast for 40 days. No! The texts are clear and provide instances of various fasting practices. I hope the spirit guides you. Listen in. Luke 4:1-13
3. Clearly understanding God’s plan in every situation
No matter whether we are fasting or not, God may communicate with us at any moment. However, we must keep in mind that we are fighting a spiritual struggle and that occasionally additional support is required. A visiting angel informed Daniel after his 21-day fast that a demon prince had withstood him for the same amount of time. The angel provided Daniel with important information. These prophetic words are still read today.
4. Asking Heaven for God’s desire to be carried out
According to Luke 2:36, a lady by the name of Anna who spent years living in the temple “served God with fasts night and day.” When the infant Jesus was being dedicated in the Temple, this lady with a prophetic anointing came by, and according to the narrative, “coming in that moment, she offered thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to everyone who longed for salvation in Jerusalem.”
5. A sacrifice made to God that makes Him happy
Paul describes this in Romans 12:1. “Therefore, brothers, I implore you by the mercies of God that you offer your bodies as a living, holy sacrifice, pleasing to God, which is your proper duty.” In a piece titled “Fasting as a Living Sacrifice,” I go into more detail about this idea.
A stormy wind known as Euroclydon finally caused a shipwreck on the island of Malta as Paul the Apostle was sailing to Rome. Divine providence is credited with saving them from a perilous position, many nights of darkness, and being stranded at sea. Paul prayed to the Lord of Heaven for the lives aboard the ship during the period of fasting and prayer mentioned in the passages in question, and he received word from Heaven that no lives would be lost. He said, “This night, an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me.”
7. For eternal agreements with God
Spiritual fasting is a sacrifice in and of itself, and God declares that when His believers offer a sacrifice, they create a covenant with Him. The covenant’s specifics and conditions are determined by God. Whatever kind of sacrifice God wants us to make, this spiritual maxim holds true. Check out Psalm 50:23. In a piece titled “Fasting as a Living Sacrifice,” I go into greater detail about this.
Fasting humbles you and transforms you.
Fasting is one of the best methods to lower your standards. There’s something about eating that makes us humans act irrationally. It’s intriguing that, according to Genesis 3, the issue in the garden started with the food. In a magical manner, deliberate fasting from one or more meals humbles us and inspires a contrite attitude. If you are not intentionally abstaining, you will get upset at the smallest insult. David said in Psalm 35:13, “I humbled my spirit by fasting.”
9. A nation’s deliverance
Esther and her maidens fasted for three days in response to Mordecai’s attempt to exterminate the Jews in the Assyrian Kingdom. God powerfully intervened to save them and vanquish their adversaries. Read Esther’s book.
10) A healthy body
Medical experts have discovered that non-spiritual fasting, or fasting without prayer, provides a number of health advantages. Here is a link to an article on the issue written by a non-Christian. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fasting-benefits/HDR 2
Has the Lord mentioned fasting to you lately? Are you frightened or only lazy? Perhaps understanding how you will benefit both yourself and God’s kingdom in general can motivate you. Take little, deliberate steps, and He will meet you there. He is loyal, in fact.
In the name of Jesus, more strength to you now and always.
Find out more about how to start a life of regular fasting and prayer.
The New Year’s fast for the King’s Reset 2023 has begun!
You may still join us for these 21 days of fasting and prayer, which will include live prayer sessions every morning for the duration of the 21 days.
During the fast, we will also live-stream our Monday and Tuesday evening prayer meetings.
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