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Prayer And Fasting Guide

Updated on December 3, 2014

The Reason For A Prayer And Fasting Guide

Why do we need a prayer and fasting guide?

The Lord is calling His children to humble themselves and seek his will. He ask us to dedicate us to Him and never stop praying. This is why Christians have a time of prayer and fasting from time to time. Very often in a time of crisis, religious decline, disasters in nature and when we are seeking His will do we have a time of prayer and fasting. People are not always sure how to go about it so they are looking for a prayer and fasting guide.

and my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I'll be there ready for you: I'll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health. 2Chronicals 7:14

— The Bible

Why do we have a need for prayer and fasting?

First of all we want to concentrate on our own lives and humble ourselves in front of God. We want to hear what it is the God wants to tell us. We want Him to show us areas in our lives where we are not right with HIm.

We also have a need for prayer and fasting to ask God to guide us in future. Often Churches or Christians groups that are unsure about the next step of action calls for a time of prayer and fasting to seek God's will.

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Prayer And Fasting Guide - What Is Fasting

Another reason people want a prayer and fasting guide is because they want to know what fasting really is.

What is fasting?

  • Fasting is a voluntary act of refraining from eating. The idea being that especially the time that will ordinarily be taken up by preparing food and eating a meal be devoted to prayer.
  • In this period you concentrate on a specific goal to pray for and to stay focused on God while seeking His will.
  • Fating help us with discipline. It reminds us that we can do with less food and it teaches us to appreciate God's gifts.

Ways Of Fasting:

A partial fast - refraining from eating meat and drinking wine in the Daniel way. Daniel 10: 3

The normal fast - you refrain from eating any food and drinking any nutritious drinks, but still drinking water. Matthew 4: 2

A total fast - you do not eat or drink anything Acts 9: 9

When it comes to fasting and prayer it is important to take your health in consideration. If you are on medication use a way of fasting and prayer that is safe for your health. A partial fast, for instance eating only basic meals to leave time for prayer may also be of help to your growth. God sees our heart and listen to us if we humble ourselves.

Prayer And Fasting Guide - When Do We Pray And Fast?

Another reason we need a Prayer And Fasting Guide is because we do not always know when it is appropriate to have a time of prayer and fasting.

Here are the reasons for a time of prayer and fasting:

  • When the Holy Spirit leads us. Luke 4: 1-2
  • When I, as an individual fell the need. Matthew 6: 16-18
  • When Christians as a group are called upon to have a time of prayer and fasting. Joel 1: 14 and 2: 15-16

When not to spend time in prayer and fasting

  • We must not fast for selfish reasons. Isaiah 58: 3-5
  • Do not have a time of prayer and fasting to impress others. Zechariah 7: 5 and Luke 18: 12


  • Never have a time of prayer and fasting if you have health problems and your doctor advises against it.
  • If you start feeling very ill, stop
  • Reduce your consumption of tea and coffee gradually in the days before the fast

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Matthew 6:9-13New International Version (NIV)

9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

10 your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

11 Give us today our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]

but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’

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Prayer And Fasting Guide - Practical Tips

Here are some practical tips or your time of prayer and fasting:

The evening before your fast:

  • Prepare yourself spiritually
  • Come to rest
  • Humble yourself in front of God. Become aware of His presence and pray to God that He will reveal His will to you
  • Read Psalm 51 and think about your sins and confess them to God. Ask Him to renew your heart and to make it very clear what His will is.
  • Read Ezekiel 34: 26-27, Romans 12: 1-2 and Colossians 3: 1-4
  • Pray Psalm 51: 4 & 6 as your answer to God

During your time of fasting:

Go somewhere where you can pray and become quiet in front of God.

Read Habakkuk 2: 1-4 and pray verse 1 as your hearts desire

Study Isaiah 57: 14-21 and think about it so that God can speak to you personally through His word

Underline God's promise in this reading and think about it

Underline the things you have to do and the things you should not do in different colors and make these words your personal answer to God

Memorize the important verses as God reveals them to you

Read Isaiah 58 and underline God's promises. Underline the things you have to do in another color. Pray about them and memorize the important verses as God reveals them to you.

Pray all the time

Dedicate yourself to the Lord

Read Psalm 103

Prepare yourself to witness if the opportunity arises

General tips for your time of prayer and fasting:

  • Switch of the TV
  • Do not keep yourself busy with one piece of scripture for more than an hour
  • Make sure you get enough sleep and rest.
  • Only say the essential things to others not to deter you from your prayer and fast
  • If you feel like singing sing Christians songs
  • Choose your own Scriptures as well.
  • If at all possible it is often helpful to go to a secluded place where you can be alone with God without distractions

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    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      This is my first read for today. I looked up the Scripture references and had a good study on fasting. Thank you very much for this helpful outline.

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      Mel Carriere 

      4 years ago from San Diego California

      It has been a while since I fasted. When I have fasted in the past and then prayed a rosary, it was almost spooky because I seemed to be filled by a spiritual presence. Great hub!

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      Meredith Loughran 

      4 years ago from Florida

      Very interesting hub! I do not practice fasting but I do have Anglican beads that I use to keep me focused on directed prayer while meditating. God is good and I have seen his amazing works when the prayer warriors get together. Thumbs up!

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      5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Good hub on this Hendrika, I'm very blessed to know someone has written about this.

      There are many other things the Lord has actually called me to do in terms of fasting. I don't necessarily think that it always has to do with food and drink, although that would be the majority of the time what it deals with, because there have been times the Lord has called me to fast from specific things I enjoy doing immensely for a time to seek him. I've been in many countries where God has spoken to me about fasting from food but also from activities.

      The scripture that backs this up is in Romans 8. I'll leave that to you to find it but I believe that if we are sons and daughters of God, then He will speak directly to our hearts, whether through the still small voice, his word, prayer, or some other means.....He will communicate what he wants. (1 corinthians chapter 2). The Lord is always speaking, but are we always listening? That's another part of it.

      I meet so many people who have a hard time believing God wants to speak to them.....I'm like, "Read your bible, God doesn't stop talking sometimes for what seems like hours." Only very rarely is he silent for specific reasons.

      Great hub, voting this up! God bless.

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      Diana Mendes 

      6 years ago

      Excellent hub. You have enlightened me with answers to the many questions I had with regard to prayer & fasting. Thank you. Be blessed.

    • Hendrika profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I am not trying to say I know it all. I have just found that even if I do not get an answer a calmness comes over me and I wait on His answer easier.

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      6 years ago

      This is very interesting, I've never really fasted along with prayer; I hear it reaps good benefits in getting your prayers answered faster, and makes sense. They teach it in Catholic school, or I learned about it growing up for lent, fasting......

      As for uniting our will to God's, yes we is then we begin to have a closer relationship with him...we can think of Him on the cross and how loving and how horrible it was and try to comfort him, spending time thinking of his suffering and prayer.

      I'll have to think about this means of prayer combined with fasting. I know there are certain people I want to pray for and for own requests; but just giving in to His will, and accepting what He has in store for us- another way to get close to Him in our daily lives

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    • Hendrika profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Tarstar, I think it is important to realize that there are many ways to fast. What it is all about is why you are fasting and what you do when you fast. It is no good fasting without spending time in prayer and being still in front of God to hear what He want to tell you.

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      6 years ago

      Iam fasting right know for 14 dys. Ican do the Ester fast because i have medical problem but i fast from 6 to 3 every day without drinking water some people find it had to but if you keep praying you can do it.

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      7 years ago

      I love this Hendrika! I never looked at it that way. I've heard of it and maybe tried it as a Catholic but I see now it has benefits I didn't know of and as you pointed out "not to impress others or do for self like lose weight"

      I will have to reread this again. Thanks!

    • Hendrika profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thanks darrylcrawford I also believe that fasting is a sure way to really hear God's voice especially in difficult times. Mrs Mary Chiwedza I am glad you found the hub helpful. RiveterRosie,if the Lord prompts you to fast He will sustain you, I really believe that.

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      7 years ago

      My husband fasted for 40 days - water only and worked during this time. He felt that the Lord had prompted him to do so and sustained him for that length of time. Along with prayer this will bring one closer to God and they can tell what it is that God wants them to do. I have found if I skip breakfast before attending church services, the Holy Spirit reveals spiritual revelations to me.

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      Mrs Mary Chiwedza 

      7 years ago

      I have learnt a lot , Idid not know how to fast and why fasting .Thank you in abundance.God bless you all

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      7 years ago from Philadelphia PA to Tucson AZ.

      VERY GOOD. Fasting is a way to free yourself from bondage, checking your heart in the spirit, able to hear from God more clearer. I love the power that fasting brings to you and those who you pray for during the fast. It will move mountains and bless souls and restore things that seemed impossible to restore. God is able. Jesus is Lord and as long as we place our trust on HIM nothing in our path will be there for long.

      God bless you

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      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Thanks Pamela, I'm glad this Hub is helping you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very good study guide and an excellent hub.


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