Prayer & Fasting

Because we believe God’s call to respond to His global mission is so significant, we don’t want you to take your Pray, Give, Go pledge decision lightly. Focus on clearly hearing God’s voice by first praying and fasting (foregoing a meal). By fasting as you pray for God’s leading, you’ll be more in tune to His voice.

Never fasted as you’ve prayed for something before? You need not start with a 24-hour fast. Consider foregoing a single meal and spend time reading Scripture during the time you'd typically eat. Because your health is important, be sure to consult your physician if this practice is new to you. 

Tell Me More about Fasting
Fasting is more than going without eating for a period of time. It is an intentional decision to choose God first—to hunger for Him more than food.

“Fasting may be the most powerful spiritual discipline of all the Christian disciplines. Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life. When God’s people fast with a proper Biblical motive—seeking God’s face and not His hand—with a broken, repentant and contrite spirit, God will heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation and the world. Fasting and prayer can bring about revival—a change in the direction of our nation, the nations of earth and the fulfillment of the Great Commission.”

~Bill Bright, Founder
of Campus Crusade for Christ

Fasting is a normal spiritual practice used by God’s people throughout history. (Matthew 4:1–11, Matthew 6:16, 2 Chronicles 20, Ezra 8, Nehemiah 1, Daniel 1, Luke 2:36–37, Acts 13:2–3, Acts 14:23)

Fasting offers opportunities to:
  • Learn self-discipline
  • Foster concentration on God and His will
  • Experience empowerment from God
Fasting is often used in the context of preparing for a big decision or an important event. It often surrounds God’s special work in the world and can result in spiritual breakthrough on a personal level. Fasting should be accompanied by prayer, self-examination, works of love, increased worship and repentance.

As you spend time in prayer, incorporate the following:
  • Thanksgiving—Thank God for who He is and what He has done for you. Be specific. Make a list. Think through every area of your life. (Psalm 100:4)
  • Confession—Ask God to search your heart for those things in your life that are not honoring or pleasing to Him. (Psalm 139:23–24; Psalm 66:18–19) Confess sins of omission as well as commission. With sincere introspection, confess qualities such as worldly-mindedness; self-centeredness; spiritual indifference; an unwillingness to share your faith in Christ with others; not spending sufficient time in God’s Word and in prayer; a poor relationship with your spouse, your children, extended family, friends or members of your church.
  • Praise—Be still before the Lord. (Psalm 46:10) Consider who God is. (Psalm 103) Rejoice in your fellowship with Him and that He delights in you. (Proverbs 15:8) Pray passages of Scripture (such as Psalms 146–150) back to God.
  • Intercession—Pray your way around the world with unhurried, detailed intercession for others. Allow God to reveal the world to you from His point of view as you read Psalm 33. Begin with your non-Christian friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers. Pray that the people who have never heard about Jesus would have an opportunity to hear and understand the Gospel. (2 Peter 3:9)
Now make it personal: Ask God what He thinks of your life. Wait. Listen for His answer. Evaluate the use of the time, talents, resources, education and experience God has entrusted to you. Are they glorifying to Him? Do you need to change what you’re doing? Discuss with the Lord your joys, your sorrows and the decisions you are facing. Think about your response to the Great Commission. What will you give this year? Where will you go this year?

“The greatest answer to prayer is that I am brought into a perfect understanding with God, and that alters my view of actual things.” ~Oswald Chambers