“…to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting…” Daniel 9:3
As disciples of Jesus, two of the most complementary disciplines that we can engage in are prayer and fasting. Prayer by itself is powerful, but when it is combined with fasting, it’s like adding a rocket booster to a jet plane. You will go farther and faster than you have ever gone before.
Prayer and fasting enabled David to love and care for those that had falsely accused him (Psalm 35:11-4). When the disciples could not cast a demon out of a child Jesus instructed them that, “this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:14-21). It was “fastings and prayers night and day” that opened the prophetess Anna to the revelation that Jesus was the redemption they were looking for. It was prayer and fasting that enabled Simon Peter to receive the vision that prepared him to deliver the salvation plan to the Gentiles for the first time, in Acts 10. And it was “by prayer and supplications, with fasting” that empowered Daniel to intercede for all of Israel (including himself), and then receive the prophetic word from the angel Gabriel (Daniel 9).
Rocket boosters take time to assemble and fuel to reach their maximum effectiveness. Incorporating fasting into your prayer life is no different. If you have never fasted, or it has been a long time since you have, start with a fast of not eating until sunset for one day a week. Make sure to set aside time to pray that day. As you are emptied out of fleshly nourishment, God will increase the “rivers of living water” and “bread of life” in you so you can hear clearly from Him. Soon you will find the strength to begin extending your fast durations to an entire day or more. Progressive fasting is also a great way to replace fleshly concerns with the spiritual. You can find several prayer and fasting plans for you to incorporate at both an individual and a corporate level at www.wnop.org.