One of the most challenging parts of prayer is that doubt can creep in if you do not think God is answering your prayer. Where is He? You may ask. Have you been praying about something for a while and have not seen the results? Do you believe that your prayer is what God desires for your life or someone else’s? Do you need a miracle? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then it may be time for a fast.

How do you fast? I am not an expert, so I found two great resources that have helped me understand the spiritual fast. The first explains why to fast, the second explains how to fast.

There are many Bible verses that talk about fasting, but this is my favorite.

“When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:17-18

My first fast was a failure because I did not declare it for a specific purpose or person. I think that is important because it will help you focus your prayers. This is not about losing weight (in fact, I gained 10 pounds within a month after my first fast), it is about drawing closer to God.

If you have decided to fast, pray with me.

Dear God,

I have declared a fast for the purpose of ____________. Please fill me with your spiritual food and feel as the psalmist said, “how sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” (Psalms 119:103). Help me to resist temptation, as I know that by denying my earthly body, I will rely completely and totally on You for sustenance.  Fill me with energy to go through each day completely filled. Help me to remember to turn to your word when I am feeling doubt or other negative thoughts used by the enemy to take my mind off You. Please answer my prayer quickly. In Jesus’ Name, Amen