Fasting enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God. It prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives.
When deciding on a fast, we encourage you to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
FASTING SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES:
• Matthew 6:16-18
• Matthew 9:14-15
• Luke 18:9-14
• Acts 27:33-37
• Nehemiah 9:1-3
Since the beginning of the church, we have set our hearts to be a people of prayer. We want to seek God in every situation, whether good or bad, we try to pray before we act.
Many times people act first and then want God to bail them out of that situation, but prayer should be our first response, not our last resort.
Here are some ways to create a lifestyle of prayer:
Prayer is the most effective when it isn’t something we do every now and then, but when it’s a lifestyle we cultivate. To understand how to have a lifestyle of prayer, we can look at the example Jesus gave during His life on earth.
HAVE A PLAN
Jesus got up early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. Make a daily appointment with God – whether it’s first thing in the morning, at lunch, or in the evening – and faithfully keep it.
HAVE A CERTAIN TIME
Jesus had a specific place He went to pray. Having a designated place to pray helps us remove distractions and frees us to worship and pray out loud.
HAVE A CERTAIN PLAN
When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave them a prayer outline. We call it “The Lord’s Prayer.” As we pray every day, our plans for our prayer time can vary, maybe including worship music, Bible reading, and quiet time to listen to God. It doesn’t always have to look the same; it just helps when we have a plan for connecting regularly with God.
Download our helpful guide, Practical Tips for Prayer and Fasting here!
by Jentezen Franklin
“7 Steps to Prayer and Fasting”
by Bill Bright