Does fasting really help prayer?
With Ash Wednesday in just two weeks' time, some of us will be thinking about fasting, or at least giving up something for Lent. Do we really concentrate better on prayer when we are fasting.
Fasting of course is great when done properly. Fasting in itself will not bring one closer to God, Heaven or blessing. In fact reading the Bible, praying, fasting and other traditional and ceremonial and religious things will bring no one closer to God, as these are "works".
If we fast, tithe, pray, read, sing and etc. we are to do it "As unto the Lord" and with out hearts and minds focused on Him and who He is and not what He can do for us.
God looks on the position of the heart and never on what we "give up"
as long as the heart is right, we are Ok!
Fasting is one way of crucifying the flesh. It also helps on to tune in to the voice of God when done properly in prayer and supplication. It does help one to draw close to God simply because fasting denies fleshly desires. We must always remember, the flesh is against God but the Spirit is for God. Growth in the spirit also comes from fasting.
Yes, I believe fasting does help prayer. When we take time to pray instead of eat our heart is focused on God and this turns his face towards us.
Fasting helps prayer because it keeps the flesh under subjection. Recall when the woman was tempted by the serpent, she was tempted with food. When fasting, it helps the body rest from working at digesting. It also keeps your mind focused on what you are praying about.
I think it depends on your motive for fasting. If you're fasting because you've been told to, but your heart doesn't understand why people fast or it doesn't embrace the beliefs or reasons for fasting, I don't think fasting will have much effect on prayer. Fasting just to fast is like going through the motions....fasting requires a sincere belief or desire for a breakthrough to take place in your life.
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