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Prayer and fasting is voluntarily going without food in order to focus on prayer with God and to purify the body. Prayer and fasting often go hand in hand, but you can pray without fasting, and fast without prayer. Fasting without prayer is healthy for the body, fasting with prayer dedicated to God, is pure power. The prayer from the cleansed body reaches full effectiveness. Fasting is to make your prayer stronger. There are a number of occasions in which prayer alone isn’t strong enough. Take a look at Jesus’ words:

Mark 9:28-29 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Satan knows prayer and fasting are strong, hence he will test us on our weakest moment. He tempted Jesus Christ after Jesus had been fasting and praying for forty days and was extremely hungry (see Matthew 4:1-5).

Fasting is a must (not ‘if’ but ‘when’) Matthew 6:16
Fast for God, not for the world Matthew 6:18

There are various reasons for fasting, a few of them to be found in Psalm 69:10, Matthew 5:4, Acts 13:2-3. You can fast to be heard, to strengthen the relationship between you and God, for healing, for wisdom, for endurance and so forth.

In the absolute fast one abstains from drink and food, for three days (Acts 9:9) or more (yes, even forty days (Luke 4:2)). Even one day in the week is good, but needless to say fasting longer makes a more powerful prayer. You can fast by drinking but abstaining from food, but also fast by not taking ‘rich’ food or drinks.

Remember that Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:1-11) fasted forty days, Elijah in 1 Kings 19:7-9 and so did Moses in Exodus 34:28. This alone proves the importance of fasting.