we fast and pray so that we may be able to know God better and live the way He wants us to live.We also fast and pray so as to be able to overcome trials and temptations from the devil.lastly so as to know God personally,be able to diffentiate His voice from that od the devil.
We fast and pray to develop a stronger relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It is a way to have an initmate relationship with The Father. Daily life and living situations and circumstances can prove to be a noisy place when attempting to hear from Him, without distractions. Constant "stuff" and "just another crazy day" are examples of the trials that many people go through. Temptations can come from our own choices, peer pressure, not just "the devil is busy" refrains. Through a sacrifice of denying the flesh (body) of certain or all foods for a set period of time, the mind and spirit of the human body becomes more focused on its' dependence of God in many areas of life. Focusing on the word of the God through bible reading, bible studying, listening and watching Christian programming, singing praise and worship times, and fellowship with other mature Christians and prayer together can combine to bring your will and choices to a clearer and more directed path.
First thing.... The Bible don't tells the Christians to Fast!
But praying is different!
If we want to know God and want him to help us, guide us, forgive us for doing wrong and also for thanking him for existing and so on, then we need to pray.
God wants us to talk to him in prayer.
A few examples from the Bible is:1 John 5:14 :
"And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us."
The second is 1 Peter 3:12 :
"For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And his ears unto their supplication;"
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, 18 we can read:
"pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks;"
And another one that shows us that God care, is
1 Peter 5:6,7 :
"Humble yourselfes therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you."
That's what the prayers is for. God want to be our friend because he care for us.
That's why he want's us to speak to him in prayer.
My Dear Sweet Friends,
We fast so as to cleanse our selves of certain impurities, such as gluttony and greed, as well as material impurities. As we fast from foods our bodies become more and more not used to eating. In this way we grow to not desire so many things our eyes seest.
Fasting is also a form of suffering. As we fast we learn more of what it is to hunger.
Our bodies art the the temple of the spirit that God hast given us of Himself. Before we goest unto God to become one with Him we fast to cleanse and purify. This is amongst several steps that is described by Judea.
Finally, fasting mayest be a sacrifice at the altar of Love.
Now prayer is the very personal. We pray that we mayest show humility through asking, praise, thankfulness. This art the main purposes of prayer.
Thankfulness is somewhat automatic in the individual, but prayer showest humbleness. Praise is not automatic. Yet, it is a result of thankfulness, in most cases. There is always so much to be thankful for and to praise the Creator for.
Asking is more difficult for most in prayer. For one, most knowest not what to ask for in order to make their lives more successful. Most ask a God Who Is Spirit to improve their material lives. This is not possible for our God Who Is Spirit. The material world is always at odds with that of the Spirit, thus when we pray our prayers art most apt to be anwsered if those things we desire of material art encompassed in the spiritual.
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