Fasting Creates an Environment for Prayer

how to develop a powerful prayer life
June 4
Yesterday, we saw that fasting is a time set apart to seek God’s face, and that fasting puts God first. A third characteristic of true fasting is that it fosters a sensitive environment for prayer.
In the Old Testament, people fasted in conjunction with wholehearted prayer in times of repentance.
Fasting was also used as a point of deliverance from situations.
When an enemy threatened God’s people, the Israelites often committed themselves to fast. They would say, in effect, “We will fast until the Lord tells us what to do.” The Lord would respond with a strategy, and they would win the battle.
Fasting, therefore, creates an environment for God to work. We see
God’s Word and purposes fulfilled for us as individuals and as the collective body of Christ.
Fourth, fasting is an avenue of intercession. The majority of fasts in the Bible were observed on behalf of others’ needs, such as national problems or family situations. I believe those who fast reap personal benefit from their obedience.
The main purpose for fasting, however, is to benefit others. Just before beginning His ministry, Jesus fasted forty days and nights to consecrate Himself for the difficult task of redeeming the world to fulfill God’s purpose. (See Luke 4:1–2.)
Before choosing His twelve disciples, Jesus spent the night in prayer. (See Luke 6:12–16.) Right before His crucifixion, Jesus prayed for His disciples and those who would believe because of their testimony. (See John 17:6–26.) Jesus prayed and fasted for others, and we should do the same.
Father, lead me in a time of consecration and fasting so I can put others’ needs before my own. Make me more like Jesus. In His precious name, I pray. Amen.
Thought: Fasting fosters a sensitive environment for the working of prayer.
Reading: 2 Chronicles 21–22; John 14
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)