HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Fasting and prayer are a necessity for Christians, to enable them to seek the face of God wholly, and to align themselves with the Word of God.
1. GREATER INTIMACY WITH GOD
We deny our carnal nature in order to fulfil the desires of God. What He wills for our lives can be found through fasting and prayers. Our spirit and soul experience joy because of fasting.
It’s a decision to momentarily die to our flesh to fulfil the greater things of a mighty God who seeks us.
Mark 2:20 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
2. SURRENDER OF ONE’S COMFORT TO GAIN SPIRITUAL CLARITY.
Our 21st-century culture can lead you to become numb to what matters to God. Yet praying through fast challenges sharpens our spiritual discernment.
When we fast from things such as social media, television, food, and even a negative mindset, we readily get answers as we tend to pray the way the spirit wants.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3. OUR HEARTS OPENS TO SPIRITUAL REVIVAL.
We kindle the Holy Spirit fire during the course of fasting and prayer, we become change agents and intercessors for the broken and hurting during the period of fasting and prayer as we become sensitive in the realm of the spirit, hence we connect to the needs of others. Our hearts are revived and refreshed spiritually because of the act of fasting and prayer as recorded in
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Every believer should cultivate the habit of fasting and prayers to enable them to seek the face of God in total humility and turn aside from everything that keeps them busy.
Fasting and prayer could be corporate but the personal one becomes essential since it is intentional and self-imposed.
We become all we are intended when we follow the footsteps of the master of our Lord Jesus through fasting and prayer.