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The Importance of Fasting and Praying

Tuesday Night Bible Study

"Prayer and fasting are two key disciplines of the Christian faith because they help us connect to God in a powerful way.


Prayer keeps us focused on the things of God and protects us from evil. Jesus told us in Matthew 26:41 that we should pray so that we will not fall into temptation. One of the first steps to becoming a better Christian is that you don’t give in to temptation to sin but instead flee from things that tempt you.


When you couple prayer and fasting, you will be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and you can better hear God. Fasting keeps our focus on God and not on food and other distractions that take our attention from Him. We train ourselves to keep away from distractions when we fast and pray. This guarantees that we mature in our faith and become better Christians."


Scriptures

Matthew 17:14-23 (King James Version)

Cures an Afflicted Boy

14And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, 15Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. 18And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

19Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

In Galilee

22And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: 23and they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

Matthew 26:36-56 (New Living Translation)

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