Fasting and Prayer: They Go Hand in Hand

Fasting without prayer isn’t spiritual. God isn’t asking us to deprive ourselves from nutrition without seeking Him. When we as believers spiritually fast, we are called to lean on God and God alone. Without leaning on Him, we lean to other earthly things to give us rest. And rest can only be found in Him. So what does this mean? And how can we pray for our needs during this time of fasting?

When you feel hungry, pray. Ask God to fill you up with His word and His word alone.

  • Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”

When you feel yourself falling into temptation, pray.

  • Matthew 4:1-4 says, Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

When you feel weak, pray. Lean on God for His strength, because without Him we are not strong enough.

  • In Ezra 8, Ezra is seeking help and protection for His people and understands that this safety can only come from God alone. 
  • Ezra 8:21-23 says, Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. 22 For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” 23 So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty. 

When you feel tired, pray. Rest in the promises of God found in His word. 

  • In Jeremiah 31:25 God promises His people that they can find rest in Him when they feel weary and I think He promises us the same. “For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”

Christ is ultimately all that we need. Lean on Him. Pray that you will be satisfied in Him and Him alone.