A discussion on prayer would not be
complete without including a subject
that is important companion to
prayer in the Bible which is FASTING.
JONH WESLEY who have done
mighty things for the Lord testified
the necessity of prayer and fasting.
FASTING- a voluntary
withdrawing from food with or
without drink, or other fleshly
appetite for a specified period
A way to seek God by denying
the physical in order to focus on
o Mark 2:20 …but the days will come
when the bridegroom will be taken
away from them and then they will
fast in those days.
o Jesus knew there would come a time
when He would not be physically
present any longer with His disciple.
o To see prayer and fasting powerful lets
look MATTHEW 17: 1-21
1. Unmet Need - v.16
Jesus’ disciples could not met the
need of a man.
Jesus is the master of unmet need…
nothing is too hard for Him,
touching the young man and was
2. An Unanswered Question > v.19
why could we not cast out this ?
3.An unexpected reply > v. 20-21
“ this kind can come out by
nothing but prayer and fasting”
The way to obtain spiritual power to
breakthrough such needs is…
Why does God move in answer to
Why does He require us to pray?
> Prayer is the simplest form of
speech that infant lips can try, it’s a
noble task that reach the majesty on
Why fasting is so productive in
releasing spiritual power?
“God’s cause is committed to
men, God committed Himself to
men. Praying men are the vice
regents of God, they do His
works and carry out His plans”.
1. Fasting reminds us of our
2.Fasting is a primary means of
humbling oneself before God.
Ps 35:13,Ps 69:10,Ps 58:5
>Humility is an attitude of the
heart. Ps 51:17
3. Fasting is also a primary means of
-by humbling our souls, fasting
releases the Holy Spirit to do His
special work of revival in us.
4. Fasting is a sign of our desire to
1. Fasting must not be as the
2. Fasting should be in secret.
3. Fasting in the Bible is always
coupled with fervent prayer.
2 Chro. 20, Jonas 3
We may still to go through the
difficult circumstances-but the more
we are willing to fast and pray, the
more we will be rewarded with the
power and presence of God to
strengthen us and give us faith for