By Lillian Chee

How are you going in your prayer and fasting? Let me share something about why be-lievers fast and pray. I pray that we will not only stay motivated but also find the ex-perience rewarding and faith-building. The true purpose of fasting is never about fulfilling a religious duty or showing one’s self-importance. Fasting is a personal, voluntary humbling of our hearts before God. True fasting reflects a heart of humility that seeks to submit under God’s ways. This is why our fasting should always start with the attitude that says “let Your will be done, God”. Both prayer and fasting is a commitment to self-control, a fruit of the Spirit. (1 Corinthi-ans 9:27). When we pray for the church, we practice the principle of dying to self by focusing on others instead of self in our prayers; when we fast, we choose the fruit of the Spirit over flesh and the will of God over our appetite for food and pleasures. Quoting from Andrew Murray, “We are creatures of senses: fasting helps to express, to depend and to confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, to sacrifice ourselves, to attain what we seek for the Kingdom of God”.

Prayer coupled with fasting when done with the right motivation can help us tap into the power of the Holy Spirit. In Isaiah 58:6-12, the Lord clearly told His people that fasting, when done in humility and in honour of Him would loose the bonds of wicked-ness, undo heavy burdens, free the oppressed and break every yoke.

So my answer to “Why fast and pray?” is simple – because I so want to see the will of God be done in and through His church.
What about you? Are you willing to humble yourself to fast and pray and to seek for His will?