Are you the person that fast and prays? When was the last time you have fasted? When was the last time you prayed or got into your prayer closet? These are two very important things a person can do. These are some important practices that should be passed down from generation to generation, from a very small age. Praying should be apart of a daily routine and fasting should be factored in throughout the year however you see fit or according to your religion. What He wills for our lives can be found through fasting and prayers. This enables us to seek the face of God wholly. When you are fasting you are saying no to yourself and yes to God. These things bring awareness and focus to our lives. You will then feel a more spiritual connection. When we are fasting and praying it enables God to do for us, something we are unable to do. This also allows you to be intimate with God. Fasting and praying will humble you as well. It allows you to wait in faith and to trust God's mercy. It is a sign of our hunger and desire to seek God. These intimate and consistent dedication practices from childhood will build the most powerful friendship, and relationship you could ever have. I remember watching my grandmother in the kitchen reading her bible and praying. I would ask her what was she doing, she would say she was on a fast and was praying. I wished now that either she would have asked me if I would like to join, or that I would have asked to join. I feel these would have been essential tools I would have been more consistent with by this point in my life.
Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant—the Ten Commandments. -Exodus 34:28
…I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions….So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer. -Ezra 8:21-23
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
– Isaiah 58:6
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 1so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” -Matthew 6:16-18