When you fast, prepare for answers to prayer. God has promised that if you fast in the right way, He will hear and answer. Your spiritual capacity to hear and receive will be increased. Emptied of your own
comforts and interests, you will be ready for Him to fill you.
Do my prayers tend to focus on myself or on others?
Is there a situation in my life, or a person for whom I am praying, that is resistant to prayer?
Do I hear from God and experience the power of His Spirit to meet
the needs of myself and others?
Is fasting a regular practice in my life?
Heavenly Father, You have taught us that when we pray, we are to bring other people’s needs before You. We want to be empowered by Your Spirit through fasting so we can minister to others and counteract the work of the enemy. We consecrate ourselves to You in prayer and fasting, setting ourselves apart to seek Your will rather than our own interests. Use us to fulfill Your purposes for Your glory. We pray this in the name of Jesus, who fasted and prayed not only for His disciples, but also for us who have believed in Him through their testimony. Amen.
Reading: Ezra 3–5; John 20