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The Power of Fasting and Prayer

Being uncomfortable isn’t exactly something we try to seek out on a regular basis… but often, that’s what fasting is: putting ourselves in a position of discomfort.

Fasting is a way to recognize our neediness and vulnerability as humans. We need water. We need food. And in a culture that preaches independence, it’s good to realize we are quite dependent on God and others. Fasting reminds us we need God and his provision. Fasting also reminds us there are those in our cities and in our world who don’t have the access to the many gifts– food, clean water, technology, extra spending money– many of us have. 

BUT, who wants to go without on purpose? Well, Jesus did, for one. And, we see fasting as an act of trust and faith in God throughout both the Old and New Testaments. 

When we get begin to think fasting would be a good idea, but need to help prepare our hearts and minds to be in the right place, here’s a prayer for fasting that can help.

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full” (Matthew 6:16).

A Christian Fasting Prayer

Provider, who created the world with water and delicious food, use this fast to remind me to depend on you for my needs. Defender of the poor and needy, use this fast to create in me empathy for those in need, and intentional passion to provide for those around me. And as I go without, Father, help me see all the ways you provide good gifts for your children. Amen.


  1. Why do you think the idea of being dependent is so uncomfortable or countercultural? 
  2. How has God reminded you of your dependence on him?
  3. What’s a practice that you’ve experienced bringing you closer to God, or helping you to hear his voice more clearly? 
  4. Think of a creative way to incorporate that practice into your schedule this week.


Disclaimer: For anyone who has struggled with disordered eating, or those who have underlying medical conditions, we’d strongly encourage you to look into an alternative to giving up food during a season of fasting such as social media, idle conversation, unnecessary spending, etc…

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