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What is fasting and prayer used for?

Fasting and Prayer Put You into the Best Possible Position for a Breakthrough. That breakthrough might be in the realm of the spirit. It may be in the realm of your emotions or personal habits. It may be in the realm of a very practical area of life, such as a relationship or finances. If you want to get out of the plateau of prayer, try fasting.
Biblical fasting is going without food. It means the voluntary abstinence from food. The literal Hebrew translation would be “not to eat.” The literal Greek means “no food.”
Fasting in the Bible is also linked with serious seasons of prayer. The more seriously we approach prayer and fasting, the more serious the results we will experience. If you get serious God, He will get serious with you.
It’s not about losing weight, that can’t be your primary goal if you want it to be spiritual fasting. However, getting control of eating is a valid reason to fast. The purpose is not the number of pounds you might lose during a fast, but rather, trusting God to help you regain mastery over food during a fast.
Jesus said, “The spirit is . . . willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41). Fasting is a means of bringing the flesh into submission to the Lord so He can strengthen us in our mastery over our own selves. Fasting in the flesh makes us stronger to stand against the temptations of the flesh. Those temptations very often deal with food. God’s promise is to help us as we overcome the flesh and put all carnal temptations into subjection.
If there is a sin in your life that is of the flesh that you can’t get control over. Fast. Take it up a notch, and fast.
Fasting calls us to re divert our attention back to the things of God and His commandments. If you are feeling distracted and not able to focus in life . Fast.
Those who fast often experience greater discernment of good and evil. In fact, it seems to be a major by-product of fasting. God seems to give us an opportunity as we fast to take a look again at our lives and the world around us and to discern what is good and what is evil.

Look up stuff about it before you do it. Make sure you’re staying healthy. But take things to the next level with this spiritual discipline.


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