If you ever get to a place in your life where you feel like something is missing, it’s probably a connection problem: you are disconnected from God and too connected to the world. Prayer and fasting can have a powerful impact on setting your life back on track.
Prayer connects us to God.
The more time you spend with something or someone, the more confidence you build in it. The same is true for God. The more time you spend with God, the more your faith in Him will grow.
HOW TO PRAY
Sometimes we get in our own way with complicated prayers. We begin to pray and give God specific instructions on how to solve the circumstance we are in. The Bible tells us in Isaiah 55:8-9 "'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,' says the Lord." Our role is to understand that God doesn’t need your instruction, He needs you to ask Him and then have faith to trust the process. Here are a few easy bullet points to guide you when you are praying:
- Ask the Holy Spirit for help- He is your guide.
- Trust the process- it is part of your journey.
- Declare God’s Word over your circumstance in your prayers.
- Have Faith that He hears you and His Word is powerful and never changes. He will do what He says He will do!
- Anticipate and expect clarity, peace, courage and- most importantly- breakthrough!
Read the Word
The Bible says in John 10:10 "The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” You cannot battle the plans of the enemy and pray powerful prayers if you do not know what God's Word says. It’s clear that we will have trials and challenges . We are told that Satan’s purpose is to destroy God’s plans for our lives. It is vital to know the Bible. Every single answer you need is in God’s Word. It provides you with all of the instructions you need to walk through all of your circumstances in victory and joy.
Faith plays a key role in your breakthrough prayers. You must trust and believe what God says. Praying with expectancy is a way to activate your faith. In Isaiah 55:11 God says "It is the same with My word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it." Faith doesn’t go by feelings and it doesn’t go by circumstances that are contrary to what God says. Stand on God’s word and expect that He will move the mountain for you if you believe.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.