Prayer and Fasting at the beginning of a year is not some powerless resolution but can result in a personal reformation.
Prayer and fasting is not a gimmick to change God’s mind but a resolve to discover His heart as one contends for personal and corporate breakthrough.
So many God opportunities and decisions have come as a result of extended times of prayer and fasting.
I remember being approached and asked to merge with another church while on a 21 day fast. This unexpected blessing resulted in a substantial blessings for our church.
I cannot overemphasize the opportunity that awaits anyone who decides to pray and fast at the beginning of each year. I urge you to take the leap.
5 Things to Do to Make Your Prayer and Fasting Successful
If you are considering entering into an extended time of prayer and fasting, here are a few things that I have learned, through trial and error, that will be helpful to you.
1. Realize that you are fasting from something and toward something.
If we are fasting food, move toward spending more time with God.
We fast from to move towards.
Another way to say this is; we fast from something to feast on something.
If you are fasting several meals a day, then feast on God’s Word. If you are fasting from all media then feast on His presence in worship.
Feast while you fast.
2. Pursue encountering God and knowing Him more intimately.
Going after breakthrough is fine. Asking God for an answer is commendable. These requests should draw us into an encounter with God that deepens you at the heart level.
It is vital that we grow in the first commandment to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength while we pray and fast.
3. Embrace the refining fire that prayer and fasting produces.
So many want the Acts 2 fire falling on them but resist the Malachi 3 fire coming under them. The refining fire under us actually creates a greater capacity for His fire falling on us.
Mal. 3:2-4 … For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years.
The refiners job is to heat the gold so the impurities rise to the top and are then removed. The refiner successfully finishes the job when he sees his image on the surface of the metal. The goal of refining is to reflect an image.
Heaven is not the goal of believes, the image if Jesus is.
Rom. 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinated to be conformed to the image of his Son,”
If the Lord points out areas in your life that need refining, do it. Our Heavenly Father wants us to reflect the image of His Son.
4. Reduce the noise around you.
Take intentional time to rest and to hear His voice.
A season of prayer and fasting is not a time to ramp-up on tons of projects, rather it’s a time to slow down to better hear his voice.
In these special seasons, God might not speak any louder; we just hear Him better.
5. Contend with faith to go after what you are praying and fasting for.
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Whether it’s a situation that needs resolution, a problem that needs solving or a lack that needs provision, go after it, believing it will happen.
Download the Free Worksheet
I have provided a step-by-step worksheet to help you clarify your fast. Generally, the clearer you make your fast on the font-end the more successful the fast.
[note color=”#F5f5f5″]Questions. Have you ever gone on an extended fast; 3 days, 1 week, 21 days or more? If so, share your experience or testimony? Are there tips you can share that would be helpful regarding prayer and fasting?[/note]