The Bible is filled with references to the prayers and fasting of God’s people. In Matthew 6, Jesus placed fasting on the same level as praying and giving. He said, in essence, “When you fast! When you pray! When you give!”
I wonder why Christians today and churches in our generation don’t place fasting on the same level as praying and giving. Jesus, by his example and his teaching, demonstrated that prayer and fasting are important and integral ingredients in the lives of his followers.
Fasting and love
One purpose of prayer and fasting is to bring our hearts to a place of being filled with a sacrificial love that results in godly attitudes in our lives. True fasting will draw us closer to God and his purposes.
Fasting and humility
I can’t explain why God has chosen prayer and fasting as the gateway to supernatural power. One thing I do know: Scripture, prayer, and fasting are the ways believers humble themselves in the sight of the Lord. When we humble ourselves, he promises to exalt and lift us up at the appropriate time (1 Peter 5:6; James 4:10). God also indicates that he will resist the proud but will give grace to…Continue Reading