5. Ready – Set – Go!

“So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.” – Daniel 9:3 (NASB)

A strict level of dietary restriction DOESN’T necessitate the move of God, a deeper level of communion with Him DOES. One of the most proven ways to experience this is through a higher committed measure of prayer. Although the Lord may not move the exact way you wish, your drawing near to Him necessitates a reaction from Him (James 4:8).

I hold the conviction that without prayer, you run the risk of simply being on a really strict diet. If you don’t have a disciplined prayer life during your fasting, you are just on a physical cleanse. Dedicated time with the the Lord is one of the keys to understanding what He desires to do in your life during and after the fast. We not only want to pray but pray effectively.


“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” – James 5:16 (NASB)

Prayerfully enter your fast with boldness and courage in the Lord. Know that God has promised to draw near to you if you will draw near to Him. Your journey to breakthrough and a closer relationship with your Heavenly Father awaits. Endure  your fast with the promises of the Word of God in mind, and prayer.

Make sure to set time aside to pray and meditate on scripture daily. Without prayer you are just on a strict diet and run the risk of forfeiting the answer you seek. Remember fasting is for you, not for God. Prayer and quiet time with you and God is essential to personal spiritual growth in this time, regardless of the nature of the fast.

May God bless you as you fast, and may you bless Him as you humble yourself. Let us know if these tips have been helpful to you.

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