THE IMPORTANCE OF FASTING AND PRAYER TO A CHRISTIAN LIFE (by benaiah juma) (Edited 3rd August 2017).
Prayer is one of the medium we use to communicate to God and let Him know about our needs. Fasting and prayer also helps in strengthening the relationship that we have with God. Through prayers we can repent and gain forgiveness from God from all the abominations we have committed against Him. God talks to us through the Holy Spirit when we are deep in prayers. A prayerful Christian is dangerous to the satanic kingdom because often times he or she tends to rebuke the unfruitful works of darkness.
The devil does not want people to fast and pray because prayer and fasting is heavy and powerful in the spiritual realm. Fasting and prayer shakes and destroys the kingdom of darkness and brings torment to demons that are destroying your life on the outside or the demons that are living in your body. Fasting and prayer motivates God to answer our needs quickly, because fasting portrays a sense of urgency for response and a strong urge to dedicate oneself to God.
When you are planning to dedicate yourself in fasting and prayer, the devil may bring temptations and any form of discouragements to keep you from praying and fasting and if this does not work, the devil may make you feel hungry like never before on the day that you are supposed to start fasting and praying so that you can postpone the day of fasting. Demons have to fight you because they are afraid you will ruin their works. Everything that is beneficial to your spiritual and eternal life, the devil will stand up against it especially if it is fasting and prayer.
God appreciates when we fast and pray because it proves you love God and He and only Him matters, and you are willing and able to forsake everything just for his sake and to be with Him. There is reward in heaven for those who dedicate themselves to God in fasting and prayer. Fasting and prayer is a sign of true Christianity because few people out there are able to dedicate themselves God in fasting and prayer. The devil hates when people dedicate themselves to God in truth and spirit because the chief mission of the devil and his angels is to separate us from the lord Jesus Christ, and once you are separated from the lord Jesus Christ and you are a filth and living a life of pure hell, then you are good enough for the outer darkness.
That is why the devil has invented video games, football games and all other sporting events to keep people occupied with things that are temporary and unimportant to take their minds off their eternal habitations.
Fasting and prayer brings you closer to God than ever before and the devil and his angels don't take pleasure in that because the presence of God will be close to you than ever before. The word of God promised us that if we draw closer to God, he will also draw closer to us.
Jas 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Jas 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Don't you realize that the devil is jealous of you because you have a shot of eternal life and glory in heaven! and once you delevop a strong bond and healthy relationship with Jesus Christ you are on your way to eternal life! For you to inherit the kingdom of God you have to overcome the devil, there is no other way or alternative. Anything that glorifies God and can cause you to receive the crown of life, will be attacked by the devil and his agents. The devil will attack you if you want to preach, worship, evangelise, cast out demons and anyting that God approves and loves. Anything that is close to Jesus Christ receives attacks from the devil and his agents.
There must be attacks, if there are no attacks in your life then you are not living the way Jesus Christ wants you to live. The devil will cause chaos in your life if you are a true believer. The devil does not attack his children, he uses his children to get true born again believers derailed from Jesus Christ. The word of God says that those that will live holy lives in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Anyone that is of God must and will suffer persection from the devil and his agents, if you don't suffer persecution you are not saved.
2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
Some of the advantages of fasting and prayer to a Christian life include the following;
1. Quickening Response from God.
Fasting and prayer triggers response from God because it acts as a catalyst. Fasting shows how much you are in love with God and you have denied everything for the sake of Jesus Christ and when you prove your love towards God He will be quick to respond to your needs. The word of God says that Jesus Christ loves those that love Him and those that seek him early in truth and spirit shall find Him. The word of God says that those who seek me eagerly find me. If you seek God fervently in truth, God will surely show up.
Pro 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.
2. Moving Mountains.
Fasting enables us to move mountains which could not be moved by praying simple prayers. Fasting is heavy in the spirit realm and enables us to move mountains. The prayer of a person who is in fasting and the prayer of a person whose stomach is full sound different in the spirit realm. Fasting is a sacrifice, and God will attend first to a person who is deep in fasting and prayer. Jesus Christ told us that some demons can only come out by prayer and fasting and likewise there are some problems that are disturbing us in our lives that can only be removed by fasting and praying.
Mat 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
3. Putting the deeds of the body to death.
Fasting enables a person to put the deeds of the body to death such as gluttony and sexual lusts. You will notice when you are fasting you do not struggle with lustful thoughts and sexual desires because the deeds of the body are put to death. This is achieved because the demons that are living in your body are paralyzed and are unable to project the lustful desires. Demons enjoy when the flesh is stronger than the spirit so that they can manipulate you to do things which are sinful.
Demons come into people lives, and operate in peoples lives through the desires of the flesh, but when the desires of the flesh are put to death through fasting and prayer, demons will be very uncomfortable and the longer you can fast and pray the more miserable demons will become and they will have to loose you and you will end up enjoying peace and freedom to the utmost.
4. Fasting Enables us to Take Control of the Body.
When we fast, we take charge of the body, the body no longer controls us but we control the body. The devil comes through the desires of the flesh and he strengthens the desires of the flesh. When we fast we train our bodies to exhibit self control and we take charge of our body. When a person cannot control his or her flesh and desires then the person can easily fall into the temptations of the devil, but when a person knows how to control the deeds of the body then he or she will not be an easy prey for the devil to deceive and devour.
Consider the people who are controlled by diverse lusts, they lack self control and are always fornicating, masturbating and doing all forms of sinful acts because they do not know how to control the deeds of their flesh. A person who is able to fast and pray is able to control the deeds of the flesh.
5. Casting out Resilient demons.
Some demons are resilient and refuse to live someone’s life, but when we fast and pray we force the demons to vacate. Prayer and fasting heavily weakens evil spirits and the more you can fast the better. Demons operate in a hierachy or a pyramid system, if you succeed in casting out a particular demon very quickly it does not mean that the result will be same for all demons. Some demons are stronger in the spirit realm than others and if you are not strong in the spirit realm you will not be able to cast anything out. Fasting strengthens our spirit and enables us to cast out demons that are strong in the kingdom of darkness.
Mat 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
6. Strengthening the Spirit of God.
Fasting strengthens the spirit of God because during a fast, the Holy Spirit is being fed with food of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit feeds on the word of God, prayer, worship and anything else that God approves. Sin weakens and paralyses the spirit of God. Fasting and prayer makes the Spirit of God to be strong because you are living in a state of holiness and purity during fasting and prayer. The Holy Spirit dwells in an environment of righteousness, during a fast the Holy Spirit is strengthened because it is comforted.
Anything that is of God brings the Holy Ghost closer and anything that is of the devil cuts the relationship that we have with the Holy Ghost. When you are baptized in the Holy Ghost because of living a pure life, the conviction of the Holy Ghost will be so strong in your life and your conscience will be clearer. When the Holy Spirit is paralyzed, you will not be convicted of your sins which proves that you are corrupt and you are drawn away from God.
7. The knowledge of sin becomes clearer.
When you draw close to God in fasting and prayer you can definitely rest assured God will draw closer to you. When you are near to God, the Holy Spirit will take control of your life and you will know each and everything that offends God and your conscience will be sensitive to sin. When you fast you will realize that you take notice of offences, and you are able to distinguish clearly what is holy and what is unholy.
Brethren in Christ Jesus, let us deny ourselves for the sake of the kingdom of God. Let us fast and pray for our lost family members and reprobates all over the world who are walking in the broad path of death and hell. Let us claim their souls to the kingdom of God through fasting and prayer for God desires that all flesh should be saved. Let us make it a habit in our lives to seek God in fasting and prayer because God is pleased when we seek Him. Fasting shows God how hungry you are for him and trust me He will show up. Draw yourself closer to God and he will draw closer to you. Thanks.
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