Top 10 Benefits of Fasting with Prayer

Fasting is one of the most important disciplines in the Christian faith. It is indeed an open secret because Jesus after being baptized at the Jordan River by John the Baptist and after the dramatic announcement from Heaven by the Holy Spirit that He pleased God, the next thing He did prior to starting His earthly ministry was to engage a 40 day and night period of fasting in the wilderness. 

The enemy of our souls does everything in his power to hinder our understanding and the practice of fasting with prayer. If you are probably wondering why this should be the case you already figured it out right? satan knows that we will have spiritual power if we engage the discipline as a congruent part of our spiritual walk. If we are to be successful in the practice of faith and we call ourselves followers of Jesus we must engage the spiritual discipline of fasting in some form and measure. After Jesus returned to heaven, the early church continued fasting with prayer as a habitual practice. 

While I am sure that many more benefits exist for fasting with prayer, here are the top 10 benefits from the scriptures. The references have been provided so please proceed with an open bible app or paper bible to glean from the scriptures for yourself. It can only be exciting

1. Power to overcome satan and his minions

In Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus put satan in his place when he was tempted in the wilderness for an extended period of time. In verse 11 we read “Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” Luke writes in Luke 4:13 “Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.” If you want the devil to leave you alone for seasons since he is a pest, the best thing to do is to take up a habitual life of prayer and fasting. When he returns for another bout you will no doubt be ready.

2. Preparation for the work of God

The Lord Jesus did not begin ministry until after a 40-day fasting period. This is not to say everyone must fast for 40 days to serve God. No! The scriptures are clear with examples of many kinds of fasts. May the Spirit lead you. Tune in. Luke 4:1-13

3. Hearing clearly what the will of God is about any matter

God can speak to us at any time regardless of whether we are fasting or not. However, we must remember that we are engaged in spiritual warfare and sometimes the battle is so fierce reinforcements are needed. Daniel fasted for 21 days and found out from a visiting angel that a demon prince had resisted him for 21 days. The angel had pertinent information for Daniel. We still read those inspiring prophetic words today.

4. Petitioning Heaven for God’s will to come to pass

We are told in Luke 2:36, that a woman called Anna who lived in the temple for years “served God with fastings night and day.” This woman with a prophetic anointing came by when baby Jesus was being dedicated in the Temple and the record has it that “coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”

5. A Sacrifice to God that delights Him

Paul writes in Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” I expand on this concept in an article titled “Fasting as a living sacrifice”

6. Watching

When Paul the Apostle was on a ship heading to Rome a tempestuous wind called Euroclydon eventually led to a shipwreck on the Island of Malta. The story of their deliverance from the very difficult situation and several days of darkness and being lost at sea was Divine providence. In the referenced verses Paul spent time fasting with prayer petitioning the Lord of Heaven for the lives on the ship and he heard from Heaven that no lives will be lost. He said “there stood by me this night an Angel of the God to Whom I belong and Whom I serve”

7. For enduring covenants with God

Spiritual fasting is a sacrifice in itself and God says that His saints enter into covenant with Him when they make a sacrifice. God decides the details and terms of the covenant. This spiritual principle applies to any type of sacrifice God asks of us. Read Psalm 50:23. I write a bit more about this in an article titled “Fasting as a living sacrifice”

8. Fasting humbles and changes you

One of the most effective ways to humble yourself is through fasting. There is something about having food that causes us as humans to get carried away. It is interesting that the problem in the garden with Adam and Eve began with food as we read from Genesis 3. Intentional abstinence from the pleasure of one or more meals has a miraculous way of humbling us causing a repentant posture. If your abstinence is not intentional you will get angry quickly at the slightest provocation. In Psalm 35:13 David said, “I humbled my soul with fasting…”

9. The deliverance of a nation

When Hamman tried to destroy the Jews in the Assyrian Kingdom Esther fasted for 3 days along with her maidens. God intervened mightily saving them and destroying their enemies. Read the book of Esther. It is a book where you won’t find the word God mentioned however everything in it screams “God is in control.”

10. Healthy body

It has been found by medical researchers that fasting even if it did not include prayer (non-spiritual fast) has several health benefits. here is a link to a non-Christian article on the subject.

Has the Lord been speaking to you about fasting? Are you afraid or just lazy? Maybe knowing what you stand to benefit yourself and God’s Kingdom as a whole will spur you on. Take intentional baby steps and He will meet you where you are. He is indeed faithful. 

More power to you today and always in Jesus’ name.

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  • December 14, 2022 at 8:36 am
    evangelist Desmond Obinnna Eze says:

    Amenn…fasting and prayer is my life style and I pray for more Grace to stand strong on it all the days of my life,Amennnn

    • January 27, 2023 at 10:38 am
      Prince Joe says:

      Pastor pls revisit your point 9 on the benefits of fasting. It’s Herman not Mordecai. Thanks

    • January 28, 2023 at 7:58 am
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Thank you so much for that observation. That is a typo. Will update. Blessings 🙂

    • January 28, 2023 at 8:18 am
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Wonderful. May the Lord increase His anointing on your life in Jesus name

    • August 10, 2023 at 5:54 pm
      Bishop says:

      Grace of God is available

    • August 24, 2023 at 6:06 am

      This study is Good for fasting and praying.

      Thank you.

    • January 10, 2024 at 2:54 pm
      Sarah Saylee says:

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  • December 15, 2022 at 6:54 am

    Through fasting our almighty God is glorified. Wonderful research made continue and God bless you.

    • January 9, 2023 at 3:13 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Thank you. Many blessings to you in Jesus name

    • June 4, 2023 at 3:51 am
      Martin Baariu says:

      It true that fasting giorify God

  • December 22, 2022 at 8:29 am

    I am was move when I countinue in my fasting and prayer,The fasting allowed me to put myself in normal Way, as God want it.

    • January 9, 2023 at 3:13 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Praise God

    • January 29, 2024 at 2:20 pm
      Debbie says:

      I always Pray but have never fasted but the Lord put it in my head, so in the morning I am starting a fast, do you have any advice for me?

    • January 31, 2024 at 7:47 am
      Jennifer Muli says:

      Reading this while on a 7 day fast,let the grace of God be sufficient to us all Amen.

  • December 24, 2022 at 4:19 am
    Agness kalunga says:

    I am ready to serve my lord God almighty through fasting and humble myself

    • January 9, 2023 at 3:13 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Praise the Lord

  • January 4, 2023 at 5:19 am
    Jackline says:

    I came across this while fasting. It’s been very useful to me to have additionally read this.

    Thank you.

    • January 9, 2023 at 3:12 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      I am delighted to hear that this was a blessing for you. May all your prayers be answered in Jesus Mighty name.

    • January 9, 2023 at 3:12 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Have you joined? Blessings

  • January 25, 2023 at 1:19 pm
    Samson Kamaraa says:

    I us blessed through this message
    Please help me some materials and bibles

  • January 28, 2023 at 5:42 am
    Babalola Emmanuel says:

    Good afternoon sir. I’m blessed by this message. Greater strength greater anointing sir. Please I observed in point 9 that you wanted to write when Harman wanted to destroy the Jews … you mistakenly wrote when Mordecai wanted to destroy the Jews..
    Thanks very much for the powerful revelations

    • January 28, 2023 at 7:59 am
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Thank you so much, brother. I really appreciate it. It is indeed an error. Will update it right away

  • January 31, 2023 at 10:18 am
    Debra smith says:

    Thank so much for the information on fasting. My GOD bless you all that read it.

    • February 4, 2023 at 6:08 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      So glad you found it helpful. Many blessings.

  • February 11, 2023 at 6:05 am
    joseph kangwa says:

    thanks very much for the encouragement for indeed fasting has many benefits to our both our spiritual and phsycal body.

  • February 11, 2023 at 11:03 pm
    James says:

    Fasting, done in a Biblical way, is a sacrifical that deals deadly blow to Satan. It recharges the spirit man. God is Spirit and it makes man operates in the spirit.

  • February 25, 2023 at 3:04 am
    Ahol Paul Aluak says:

    Fasting is a really way of communication with God

  • February 27, 2023 at 3:39 am
    Sandra says:

    Thanks very much for the message, it has really helped me to understand the purpose of fasting. God bless you sir

  • March 10, 2023 at 3:53 am

    Thank for your teaching God bless you

  • March 20, 2023 at 3:24 am
    Monday moses says:

    Man of God may ur ministry go round the 4 corner of this world,
    I say Amen to all ur prayer request.

  • March 20, 2023 at 8:52 am
    Ajila Shalom says:

    Thank you for this word that can encourage fasting and prayer more, I pray the lord empower us with the strength to fast and pray for his will to manifest in our lives, Amen 🙏
    Shalom 🙏💯❤️

  • May 5, 2023 at 8:24 am
    Okeke chioma tessy says:

    Fasting bring spiritual awakening . Thank you and God bless you

  • June 1, 2023 at 3:08 pm
    Abigail kanyereza says:

    Been blessed by your teaching 🙏

  • June 7, 2023 at 10:25 pm
    Awosoji olayinka says:

    Glory be to the Lord, this sermon is very helpful to me in the ongoing fasting and prayer program in our church , my strength is renewed after reading it.

  • July 5, 2023 at 7:23 am
    Ikechukwu Asamonye says:

    I am blessed with your word of exhortation,I now understand the reason I have to fast often time as a believer,may
    God continue to increase you

  • July 9, 2023 at 2:02 pm
    nokuqala mthwaza says:

    Thank you so much Sir, i did it successfully for the first time and God answered me, but now my heart is willing to do the fast but I always fail. Plz pray for me Pastor . I’m desperately in need of something from God. I have to take a fast. Pray for me man of God to have grace to do that. Thank you for your powerful preaching.

  • July 13, 2023 at 11:52 am
    Pastor Oluwaseun Joseph, from Nigeria, Auchi Edo State says:

    God bless you sir, dis is pastor Joseph Oluwaseun Moses, Way to God Global Prayer and Revival Ministry, more anointing sir, and more inspiration in Jesus Christ Mighty Name Amen.

  • July 24, 2023 at 5:38 am
    irene waweru says:

    That’s encouraging I have started this biblical practice of fasting and have been starting from 6am-3pm and I have found in your article you have stated the same time.
    Could there be a revelation on this particular time coz as for me I was guided by pastor.

  • July 28, 2023 at 7:47 am
    Maxwell Nsanama says:

    Thanks fasting is a spiritual weapon devil cannot stand against it. Glory be to Jesus for the powerful teaching

  • July 28, 2023 at 9:10 pm
    Isaac Munyinyi says:

    Thank you so JFC…Your article on fasting is superb. God bless you as carry on His work on earth. AMEN!

  • August 11, 2023 at 9:19 am
    Oluwafemi says:

    Your message has really strengthen me to concentrate on fast as a means of spiritual awakening. Thank you sir

  • August 22, 2023 at 1:50 am

    Thank you so much, this have greatly impacted my life,
    God bless You.

  • September 4, 2023 at 5:49 am
    Jua Sarah Lagu says:

    Thank you for the wonderful teaching about the benefits of fasting. I have started today for 5 days, I am taking baby steps and indeed God is faithful to meet me in all circumstances.

  • September 8, 2023 at 11:07 pm
    Pr Titus chekwoti says:

    This is so nice to have gone through it’s so encouraging

  • September 16, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Great things happen during fasting and prayers especially the prolonged fasting.

    • October 14, 2023 at 2:27 am
      Pastor prakash says:

      Wonderful message brother

  • October 17, 2023 at 8:21 pm
    Victoria Musa Dan says:

    Thanks so much sir for your article on prayer and fasting it has really increased my knowledge about the benefits. Thanks so much sir

    • November 18, 2023 at 6:18 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      You are more than welcome. May the Lord bless you and continue to help you in your walk with Him

    • January 11, 2024 at 12:11 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Many blessings on you and yours

  • October 18, 2023 at 4:41 am
    Sarah Silas says:

    Thank you very much for the subject on Fasting with prayer, I will add with reading and meditating upon the Oracles of God, The Bible. It helps one Christian life to move on and overcome obstacles. I love the story of Esther standing in for her people. I pray 🙏 we will all do. I wish a decree of prayer and fasting was made before injections on COVID. The world 🌎 would have been healed without spoiling our bodies. Like in Jonah 3 King of Nineveh made a decree of Fasting, everybody obeyed and God SAW their works that they turned from their evil way: and GOD repented of the evil, that he had said he would do unto them: and he did it not “ (Jonah 3 verse 10 KJV Bible verse)

    • November 18, 2023 at 6:17 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Thank you so much for your insightful comment. I definitely agree that the church must come together for fasting and prayer for these types opf thiomgs. Many were walking without discernment it appears during the covid scourge.

    • January 11, 2024 at 12:10 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Thank you for your comment. Fasting is indeed a key foundational exercise to invite God into our circumstances

  • October 26, 2023 at 4:48 am
    Mackson says:

    I like it as it teaches me what benefits we get in fasting

  • November 5, 2023 at 1:45 pm
    George Nita says:

    Reading this from Papua New Guinea. Needed to hear this.. thankyou. Lords Blessings

  • November 13, 2023 at 5:43 am
    Festus witbooi says:

    Please i neet this book on the pdf reader

    • November 18, 2023 at 6:16 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Thanks for your interest. We do not have it in a ebook format

  • November 18, 2023 at 4:37 pm
    Caro mutia says:

    Thanks very much for this information.

    Fasting makes us to encounter the presence of God in a spiritual way

  • January 9, 2024 at 5:40 am
    Newman Christine says:

    Hello, I am very interested in obtaining what seems to be very helpful information on fasting and praying to become closer to Christ. This is my most heartfelt desire. I am not sure how even found your small webpage, but I do know God is the conductor.

    • January 12, 2024 at 7:45 pm
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Hello Christine the Lord bless you greatly in Jesus Mighty name. He will accomplish great things in and through you. May these 21 days of fasting no matter how many days you are able to do He is faithful and will come through for you. Be strong in Him! Amen!

  • January 9, 2024 at 11:07 am
    Fikabo Loveday says:

    Fasting is very important in our Christian life. Fasting bring you closer to God.

  • January 12, 2024 at 2:12 am
    Humphrey Ennisson says:

    This is really helpful, especially for some of us that feel we are losing our faith…
    Christianity is nothing but a joke to the world now, it’s so sad.. I think there’s something that needs to be done about what’s happening now else some of us might get lost

    • January 12, 2024 at 8:23 am
      Andaza Hezekiah says:

      Thank you for your comment. I agree that whats happening can be indeed overwhelming to say the least. However this should not come as a surprise because Jesus already said that these things will happen. If you read Matthew 24 these things were already prophesied and that is why we must seek a deeper relationship with the Lord. Our faith should be experiential like in the book of Acts. If it is only traditional or cultural without the power of God being made manifest then at some point people will definitely fall away. Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:5 that we are kept by the power of God. Isn’t it interesting that the Christian faith is the butt of jokes on TV and all of media? Islam, Bhuddism and all of these other faiths aren’t mocked? Notice that Atheists don’t hold special conventions and debates to ridicule any other faith other than Christianity? We are to look the God our Saviour not to any system in the world for our salvation. The destiny of this present earth is destruction because just like Sodom and Gomorrah the evil in it cries out to God. Be encouraged as an individual, if you are not in a fellowship it is important to dig your heels into one that preaches Jesus Christ and takes prayer and fasting seriously. This is in addition to a personal commitment to private study of scripture and prayer. Blessings and all the best in Jesus name

  • January 16, 2024 at 11:25 pm
    Maggie steve says:

    Wow! wonderful may God bless you.

  • February 8, 2024 at 2:13 pm
    James Matabaro says:

    Amen again and again .
    Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; ”
    Matthew 11:25

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