Topic: Revealing God’s Glory (2Cor.3:18)
Sub-Topic: Prayer and Fasting
TEXT; Mark 2:18-22, Matt 17:14-21. (Memory Verse: 2 Cor. 4:16)
Fasting is not only a requirement of the body of Christ, but it is a command of Jesus (Mark 2:19-20, Joel 2:12), as he himself found it necessary to fast. Fasting is not just a church tradition, but what God himself wants. In this study, we shall consider the biblical foundation of fasting. Fasting can be personal or cooperate as the case demands (Joel 2:15-17, Ps 109:24, Jer. 36:9, Daniel 9:2-3, Joel 2:12, Is.58:3).
If Jesus, our perfect example, could fast as stated in the scriptures we as believers and followers are expected to do the same (Heb. 12:2, Matt. 4:2). We pray that as we continue in this teaching that the Lord God opens our eyes to this Spiritual Truth.
Things to Know about Prayer and Fasting
- Prayer and Fasting is unto the Lord, not for show off (Isa. 8:3)
- We will definitely get hungry during and after fast. You can’t give up, because you have an inner strength (Matt. 4:2-4).
- Fasting makes us bold as we face life situations. Est. 4:15-17
What is Prayer?
Prayer is an act communication to God. It is a communication that allows believer to talk to God,by which we develop a close relationship with God (Gen 1:28). Prayer is well defined in actions than words (Philp 4:6-7)
WHY WE PRAY?
- Prayer provides us alignment and access to the mind of God.(Rom 8:26-27)
- Prayer is a command (Matt 6:1-9)
- That will may conform to the image of God (2cor3:18)
- Prayer build our relationship with God (Psalms 27:4)
What Is Fasting?
Fasting is a willful avoidance of natural pleasure for a Spiritual Purpose; Matt. 4:1, Acts 13:2-3. It is a personal commitment to renounce the natural and invoke the Spiritual; Matt. 4:12-16. Fasting refers to a dedicated period of time devoted to Spiritual priority accompanied with prayer, and without food (Acts 10:30). Fasting is an act of humbling oneself before God.
Misconception about fasting
Fasting is not just about missing a meal. It also doesn’t mean keeping yourself busy, instead it demands replacing food and your busy hours with studying of God’s word and Prayer. It demands dedicating time to meditate on God’s word; not just looking around and waiting for the time of the fast to elapse
Results and Benefits of Fasting
- It Changes us through spiritual discipline.
- It gives us more capacity for God to move through us. Acts 13:2-3
- It increases our spiritual capacity and as well creates a hunger for God. Acts 10:30
- It breaks bad habits and spiritual bondages
- It calms the heart to hear from God, making us clear minded.
- It brings godly intimacy.
- Our physical health gets better and purifies our body.
Commit yourself to God and consecrate yourself to prayer and fasting, but try to take plenty of water (warm water) when you are going for a longer period of fast. Apple juice will be of help too while breaking the fast, don’t overwork yourself during the process. If you find it difficult to fast, you can try to reduce the number of times you eat per day. And remember we are fasting unto the Lord and not to intimidate others, so to do it according to God’s way. I pray that the Lord God will continue to guide and lead us in His way.