Why do Christians pray? We believe that prayer is our opportunity to talk to God and allow Him to speak back to us. In order for us to have a relationship with someone, conversations have to take place. Prayer is our way of having a conversation with God and is one way to grow closer to Him.
"...when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”
What exactly is fasting? And how does it relate to prayer? The Bible shows that fasting is a great way to disconnect from something in our lives, like food, social media, or TV, and in turn take time to connect with God, pulling us away from distractions and allowing us to spend time solely focused on God through dedicated prayer. You can choose to fast for several reasons: big upcoming decisions, a fear of the unknown in a circumstance, a need for direction, repentance, or simply to grow closer to God. If you do decide to fast, we encourage you to make sure prayer and Bible reading are part of your fasting.
“And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”