Why should a christian fast and pray??

Trinidad And Tobago
March 7, 2012 5:36am CST
As relates to the aforementioned subject, my question is pretty simple. What are some reasons for fasting and praying. I recently had a friend the other day tell me she was fasting and praying for a specific need in her life. So I would love to be guided accordingly, because I'm contemplating enagaging in a pray and fast session for strength in my spiritual walk with GOD, but I would love to hear some viable reasons for praying and fasting please. Thank you in advance.
8 responses
@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
10 Mar 12
I think retaining yourself from specific food is just the first step of fasting.For example we have here 2 large fast periods , one before Christmas and the second one is now before Easter.I think both of them last 40 days.I am a bad christian so i don`t do it but my granny lived 83 years and she always kept fasting.So for 40 days before Easter she didn`t ate meat or milk or eggs.There are days like the friday when Jesus was killed when she didn`t ate at all. I think that helps your body to calm down and clean itself and helps you to think at the real meaning of fasting which is spiritual.It should help you to realize where you are exactly in your relation with God,what things you can improve, because there is always something to improve.Also it should help you to discover the essence of Christianity which is the love.Remember you have a commandment to love your enemy so if you say I love Jesus but you have enemies it means you don`t love Jesus. So fasting means to learn how to love the others.The first step should be to stop hating them, stop judging and slandering other people.If you don`t do it then you can eat a chicken for breakfast, a cow for lunch and a pig for dinner because it is the same thing, you are not really fasting.
@urbandekay (18312)
11 Mar 12
Is this fasting or detox? all the best urban
@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
11 Mar 12
I think it`s both and i think if you ask any doctor they will tell you it is a good idea.Plus the food should taste even better after 40 days. It should be a nice experience to celebrate Easter or Christmas after you only ate vegetables for 40 days.IDK i never did that but my granny had a strong will.
@urbandekay (18312)
12 Mar 12
Well, I think refraining from food for health reasons is not fasting all the best urban
@PastorP (1174)
• United States
8 Mar 12
A favorite reason to fast is to spend more focused time with Him. Personally I find it conditions me to be able to resist temptation. In Basic Elements of Christianity I define fasting as doing without food totally or in part and using the time gained to spend in His presence through prayer, study of the Word, worship, etc, and when necessary for intercession. A partial fast is often referred to as a "Daniel fast" where it is recorded he ate "no pleasant bread." He was a senior citizen by then. This type of fast could work with diabetics.
• Trinidad And Tobago
9 Mar 12
Thank you PastorP for that very informative post. It clarified/clarifes a lot of things for me, but does fasting strictly apply to food???? I'm just trying to get as much info as I can on the topic. Thank you
@PastorP (1174)
• United States
9 Mar 12
Good question which brings out a good point. While the term "fast" "fasting" is, to my knowledge, always associated with food in the Scriptures, I think there is a sense, supported by Scripture, that we can fast from other things. For example the first few verses of 1 Cor 7, or fasting from sleep in order to seek the Lord and other cases.
@urbandekay (18312)
10 Mar 12
Sometimes I will fast for one day a week, occasionally longer, sometimes not at all. I find fasting of benefit, if done for the right reasons. Firstly, you know temptation sneaks up on us catching us when we are forgetful. Say someone tries to give up smoking, he wakes and is determined and starts the day well, resisting the temptation. Then a lunch, his mind is on something else and someone offers him a smoke, he takes it without thinking. But with fasting the temptation is there constantly, we are confronted continually with temptation and by grace we may overcome it. This strengthens us. Also, food don't half taste good the next day! all the best urban
@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
10 Mar 12
So one can smoke the next day and it will taste much better ?
• Philippines
9 Mar 12
i think fasting is a form of giving your faith to God. Believing that whatever trials you have underwent God is there to help you. prayer is an everyday form of speaking to God; putting your faith to Him.
• Trinidad And Tobago
9 Mar 12
Thanks for your insightful comment :)
• Philippines
19 Mar 12
as christian,we should observe fasting by not allowing ourselves to eat what we ready wanted, to fast is to control our wants in life that are not necessary in important and prayer, we are not oblige to pray because God don't need it anymore,we pray because we want our God to be pleased with us Christian.
• Philippines
14 Mar 12
All people not just christian. Prayer is our way to communicate our father who are in heaven. Through prayer God listen,watch you pray. It means You acknowledge his presence. Prayer is our basic foundation to have a relationship with him, we worship and adore him because we know he is the creator of heaven and earth. Through prayer you believe that there is a God behind all these things that is happening. Through prayer with faith you believe that he can saved you and forgive all your sins. When you pray to him he concluded "he is yours" with that no one will harm you against all evil. Fasting is a sign of expressing your sorrows and sadness and feel how difficult his mission for the sake of mankind. That the son of man being crucified on Mt Calvary his sacrifices and suffering tore us apart and keep us away from God because of our sins. For the preparation of Holy Week that symbolized agony and salvation. Though fasting we understand deeply its meaning and how it changes human lives. We must put it in our hearts and try to avoid again for there will be no time to come.
@Zh_Kosta (49)
• Bulgaria
7 Mar 12
The two ways to make God happy is to pray and to fast. Praying is for your soul. When you pray you get a better person. Fasting is to show God that you are ready to make some sacrifice in HIS name. In this way you get closer to God. Your life will get better, and your body will purify from sins. Your soul will be ready for the GOD will. And also fasting is good for your organism, as it cleans it from all the toxines.
@blazer2 (48)
• Nigeria
7 Mar 12
there is no reason for fastin if dont need for it,becos fastine is not a competition or patern of recieving devine help,help comes from believing not from fasting.but if you most fast then you are subjecting urself to higher spiritual realm of devine that is beyond human comprehension on that you must be convines and specific,and not becos others are doing it.