Matthew 6:16-18 declares, “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men 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.”
Prayer is our means as Christians to communicate to our God the Father of Jesus. Just like we speak to our close relatives – family members – God desires that intimate relationship with us because He is our Heavenly Father. Good earthly fathers desire a close relationship with their children and so it is at a much higher level that our Heavenly Father desires a close relationship with His children.
Fasting is a means for several things, and I will name at least two. The purpose of fasting should be to take our eyes off the things of this world to focus completely on God. Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God, and to ourselves, that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Fasting from food is mentioned in the Bible but there are other ways to fast, for instance, not watching TV, no internet surfing, not listening to the radio because these activities takes time away that could be given to God in prayer, fasting and meditation.
Prayer and fasting assist us spiritually to build a deeper fellowship, a deeper spiritual connection with God. By doing so we become more sensitive to God’s voice and can hear Him more clearly and understand Him more clearly from a spiritual prospective concerning His will for us as individual Christians. When we pray, God listens and He answers according to His will. Father knows best.
Join us in praying at 9 am - noon - 6 pm for the following:
Healing of the sick
Restoration of families
Necessary provision for the homeless
Ministry growth for Resolution Family Ministry in volunteers and financial donations to assist more people in need
Families in mourning
Family and friends to believe on Jesus for salvation
Improved relations between all Americans