Fasting and prayer is one of the most powerful tools in the Christian arsenal that both brings the believer closer to God AND achieves much in the battle to bring the Light of Christ into all things. That means prayer changes things. It transforms the mind, will and emotions of the believer AND upsets the plans of the evil one - Satan. Check out the following verses to learn more about the power of fasting and prayer.
Fasting and prayer is one of the most powerful tools in the Christian arsenal that both brings the believer closer to God AND achieves much in the battle to bring the Light of Christ into all things.
By Rich Carmicheal
"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" (Matt. 6:17-18).
One of the main issues to the Lord regarding fasting is the attitude of the heart. Through the prophet Joel, the Lord declares, "Even now...return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments..." (Joel 2:12-13). The kind of fasting the Lord notes and responds to is that which is done with a broken and humble heart. Therefore, fasting is often done in the context of confession of sin, remorse over sin, and repentance from sin. If we continue on in sin, the Lord will not listen to our prayers, even if we fast (Jer. 14:12).