Success comes from determined, focused and purpose-driven employment of one’s time, energy and resources. Many people will tell you that they have been praying for certain issues for a long time but how focused and how concentrated have their prayer effort been?
When we fast, we exercise due concentration on the issues we articulate in prayer by focusing our appetite to God and the object of our prayer. We become like David who said;
Ps 42:1-2 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
Fasting with clear motives hastens God’s answer to prayer. In fasting, we demonstrate our earnestness to God. It is for this reason that many have reported fantastic answers to prayer when they add fasting to their praying. As we fast, I wish to urge you to consider doing the following so that we can reap maximum benefits from our fast.
1. Spend more time in prayer
Daniel prayed three times a day ( morning, noon and evening). Grasp whatever opportunity you can to be in the presence of God. Create some special times of prayer out of your daily schedule.
2. Have a prayer list of items that you will be praying for
Your prayer list should conform to the pattern of the Lord’s prayer which begins with issues of the kingdom of God and intercession for corporate needs. Among the items I urge you to include in your list is the nation, church leadership, missions, missionaries and our families. You may want to intercede for certain individuals and your own personal needs.
3. Maintain an attitude of praise and worship
Speaking in tongues quietly while working whenever possible is good.
4. Take time to read God’s word
God often speaks to us through the word in our solemn moments.
5. If the Lord gives you a dream, record it
This should be done immediately after you wake up. We often forget the details of our dreams five minutes after waking up, particularly if we get engaged with other things. Yet some of our dreams constitute divine communication relevant to us, the church and the nation. Once shared, messages encoded in dreams can be excellent motivators and basis of our prayer.
6. Expect the devil to raise opposition
Many times when we fast, we face a lot of provocations; sometimes in the place of work, sometimes at family level. So if you face hard times, do not get discouraged.
7. Join other brethren in joint prayer
If possible, create the opportunities to gather with others for prayer. When you are part of a communal prayer and fasting, you should as much as possible pray corporately with the rest of the brethren.
8. Expect a breakthrough
We must always pray in faith and claim boldly what we need from the Father. “ Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. ” (Heb 4:16)