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The Power of Prayer & Fasting

 Prayer is a two-way communication between you and God. It is having a conversation and relationship with God. It is the spirit of humanity making contact with the Spirit of Divinity, and is a powerful force when activated and set in motion.

It is so important to practice a consistent, consecrated lifestyle of prayer unto God. Your personal relationship with God is first priority. Such a daily commitment greater positions you to have power with God in prayer. First Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing.” Be in a continual attitude of prayer. Be sensitive to the voice of God at all times. Respond when He moves upon you to pray or intercede. God reveals Himself to us in prayer. We help to develop our relationship with God through prayer. We must be committed to God in prayer.

It is imperative to visualize the desired results in prayer. The Scripture declares, “Building up your most Holy Faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.  When one prays in the Spirit by speaking with tongues they are edifying their faith towards God to answer their prayers. Respond to God when His Spirit moves upon you to pray. Make your request, activate your faith, and believe God for the answer. “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them”  (Mark 11:24).

Fasting, coupled with prayer, is a powerful weapon (Daniel 9:3, Mark 9:29; Acts 2:42). It brings humility to the human nature and propagates greater sensitivity to the spiritual realm. It is an act of surrender and self-denial of the flesh in exchange for a greater revelation of Jesus Christ.

The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit, and fasting sharpens that sword, making it more effective. Fasting complements prayer. It brings powerful transformation. It ushers personal and global revival and transcends to those around us. Consecration brings revelation, and revelation brings demonstration!

Isaiah 58:6-14 relays the purpose for fasting: looses the bands of wickedness; unties heavy burdens; frees the oppressed; breaks every yoke; produces compassion for the needy; provides an entrance to the presence of God; hastens an answer from God; brightens one’s path; repairs breaches and gaps; grants spiritual understanding; brings deliverance and victory; activates godly authority; and more.

The power of prayer and fasting has no limits…so adopt it as a lifestyle, and practice it consistently. In doing so, expect unlimited results!

Flo Shaw
Director
World Network of Prayer