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Day 18: Prayer

The 21 Day Daniel Fast is about more than just not eating certain things, and it’s more than just feeling like you haven’t eaten in weeks. It’s a time of honest self-reflection, spiritual growth, and prayer.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

John 15:4-5 NKJV

Prayer is a must for Christians–period. It’s how we communicate with God and maintain our relationship with Him. If you were in a relationship and never talked to the other person, how strong would you expect that relationship to be? It’s the same story with God; we must talk to God and listen when He speaks to us so that our relationship with Him can grow. Fasting and praying go together “like peas and carrots.” If you’re fasting, but not praying, then the Fast is in effect a diet; it’s impossible for the Fast to help strengthen your relationship with God if you’re not speaking to Him during this time! So we must pray with ceasing and “abide in Him,” so He likewise can “abide in us” and help us to bear fruit.

As we grow closer to God and begin to look more like Him, His righteousness shines through the outer shell of our flesh; we begin to look more like Christ, making us “the righteousness of God” in Christ Jesus1. We can then pray effectively as a righteous man, because the “effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.2” Your prayers during the Fast hold more strength because you are closer to God when your spirit is winning the war with the flesh. Hold fast; pray much; grow stronger. God will not hold back on His promises, and don’t let the work of the Fast go to waste. Continue to pray more throughout the year; make time for God and abide in Him as He abides in you.

Prayer for the Day:

Father, if Your Word abides in me, I can ask what I will and it shall be done. I don’t want anything in my will that You don’t have in Your will for my life. Father, in the Name of Jesus, I lay everything on the altar today. Everything I know I lay it on the altar and say, “If it is Your will Lord.” I say again, “Not my will, but Your will be done in my life.” I’m asking You, Father, to put on me a new mantle for prayer. Teach me how to abide in Your presence every day.And Father, in the Name of Jesus I thank You for authority to decree a thing and it shall come to pass. Amen.

  1. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+5%3A21&version=KJV
  2. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+5%3A16&version=NKJV