Prayer And Fasting: Avoid Hunger Strike & Learn How To Pray And Fast Efficiently

It’s no longer news that we are in a season of prayer and fasting as most churches have started their proclaimed annual fast. While some churches fast for twenty-one days, some fast for forty to seventy days depending on divine directives given to the churches through their ministers.

The essence of this exercise is to prepare us for a triumphant life throughout the remaining periods of the year and to empower us to overcome unseen forces that may hinder our advancement in all life.

The truth is that it takes a great deal of sacrifice to engage in prayer and fasting for a long period. That’s you must learn how to maximize the platform for a profitable result and avoid going through a mere hunger strike.

From this digital seminar, you’ll learn the true meaning of prayer and fasting, why you need to get involved and how to engage.

Related Post: Understanding The Wonders Of Prayer And Fasting.

Now, let’s delve into the details:

What Is Prayer And Fasting?

Prayer and fasting is the combination of two words. Prayer. Fasting. To define prayer and fasting, I must first let you know the meaning of prayer. Prayer is not a monologue, but a dialogue between humanity and divinity. Prayer is communication or interaction between man and God.

“God is not an idol, anytime you pray, wait for an answer.” – Anonymous

Fasting means afflicting your body to edify your spirit. You can also put it this way, to punish your body to strengthen your inner man. Or this way, to fasten your body to strengthen your spirit.

Dictionary English defines prayer as follow:

  • A practice of communicating with one’s God.
  • The specific words or methods used for praying.
  • A request , a petition

And fasting as: Abstinence from food.

In light of the definition above we can deduce that:

  • Prayer is talking with God
  • Fasting is abstinence from food.

Therefore, prayer and fasting are talking with God while abstaining from food.

Is Abstinence From Water Also Part Of Prayer and Fasting?

The question above is highly controversial and many believers have been eluded with the blessings that prayer and fasting carry by believing that one must also abstain from water when fasting.

According to Franklin Hall from His book Fasting: Atomic Power With God,

Food and water are different. We should not associate abstinence from water with the subject of fasting. Whether your fasting continues for ten days, two weeks, forty days, or longer, your bowels should move every few days. If a person does not drink water while the fast is in progress, how can these channels of elimination function properly? The drinking of water will continue the process of cleaning while the fast continues.

I agree with Franklin Hall’s notion. We need water to survive just as we need air and sleep. Food is not the most essential need for living. Water, air, and sleep are more important than food but we think that if we don’t eat we would die, the truth is that we could still survive longer without food than when we lack water, air, and sleep but we place more value on food because we pay for it.


Other Believer’s Perspectives On Prayer And Fasting?

No one is an island of knowledge, when we learn from others’ views it helps to boost our understanding and have a more solid perspective to take home with us.

Fasting in the Biblical sense is choosing not to partake of food because your spiritual hunger is so deep, your determination in intercession so intense, or your spiritual warfare so demanding that you have temporarily set aside even fleshly needs to give yourself to prayer and meditation. – Wesely Deuewel

Fasting increases our sense of humility and dependence on the lord (for our hunger and physical weakness continually remind us how we are not strong in ourselves but need the lord). Fasting allows us to give more attention to prayer. It is a continual reminder that, just as we sacrifice some personal comfort to the Lord by not eating, so we must continually sacrifice all of ourselves to Him. Therefore, in a symbolic way, fasting says to God that we are prepared to lay down our lives so that the situation is changed rather than that it continues. – Wayne Grudem

Prayer is the value that we offered in fasting. Fasting is meant to facilitate an answered prayer (prayer is the major reason for fasting).

In Mark 17,

“And 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.” (vs 20)

“Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” (vs 21)

Here is my rule of thumb for success in life which I have been applying to my life and I have seen positive results.

From the scripture above, some mountains will not give way unless we dive into prayer and fasting. Mountains are problems like sickness, disease, failure, poverty, and stagnation (the list is endless… Verse 21 of the scripture above clearly stated that problems and chaos choose to stay unless we buy into prayer and fasting (not just prayer).

“You could say that prayer without fasting is like boxing one tied behind your back and that fasting without prayer is, well, dieting.” – Matt Fradd

Why Should I Subscribed To It?

You need to buy into the idea prayer of prayer and fasting for the following reasons or check my old post Profitable Approach To Prayer And Fasting for more insights:

1. Access To Divine Guidance

One of the reasons you should subscribe to prayer and fasting this year is divine guidance. Everyone needs direction in one way or another other no matter how smart you may think you are. Some people make wrong choices as to whom to marry; which business to invest in; which course to study. One wrong step can wreck a whole destiny. Look before you leap as most people leap before looking and become miserable. Prayer and fasting are proven platforms to seek God’s guidance.

“If you’re having a difficult time making the best decision then consider fasting. Fasting is simply taking something you regularly do and replacing it with praying and seeking God. For example, instead of eating food, you can take time to seek God and allow Him to speak to you about – the decision.” – Dan Black

2. Access To Supernatural Revelation

Prayer and fasting are one of the major spiritual platforms for supernatural revelation.

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning…

And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness shall be as the noonday. Isaiah 58:8 & 10

Revelation is one of the greatest assets of a believer (without revelation there is manifestation as nothing comes to be unless it was first seen).

Light is sweet. We need light to make the most of our journey on earth. We are in the era of gross darkness, even statemen are confused. Every genuine child of God is a solution to his world. I can see kings and presidents of nations seeking after you before this fasting season comes to an end.
Remember how Daniel and Joseph were sought after by kings of nations? You can’t be a child of God genuinely and lose relevance by your access to supernatural revelation.

“Fasting, coupled with mighty prayer, is powerful. It can fill our minds with revelations of the Spirit. Fasting in the proper Spirit and in the Lord’s way will energize us Spiritually, strengthen our self-discipline, fill our homes with peace, lighten our hearts with joy, fortify us against temptation, prepare us for times of adversity, and opens the wonders of heaven.” – Joseph B. Wirthlen

3. Freedom From Oppression

Prayer and fasting is the right button to press if you want to be free from oppression.

Is this not the fast that I have chosen? To lose the bands of wickedness, to undo their heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke. – Isaiah 58:6

The oppressor is the devil. He was the one behind the afflictions of Job and is still in the business of afflicting people today. Most sicknesses and losses that people experience in life are not ordinary, the devil is the one behind the ordeals. Be sensitive.

A renowned God’s servant shared a testimony of how God delivered his wife from oppression. It happened that his wife had been diagnosed with a severe ailment and was admitted for many days and the doctors seemed to have no solution. Light stroke the pastor and demanded his wife. He took her home and that marked the end of the ordeal.

Don’t me wrong, I am not against medical practice but you cannot rely on it. Jesus paid the full price of your sickness and disease on the cross.

If you could get it for free, why do you have to pay for it? He took (took is past tense, He is not coming to take it) our infirmities and bears our sicknesses (Mathew 8:17). Jesus had taken our place in sickness and diseases the same way He took the place of Barnabas on the cross.

4. Prayer And Fasting Engenders Supernatural Breakthrough And Empowerment

Supernatural breakthroughs and empowerment are part of our heritage in Christ and prayer and fasting are sure platforms for provoking the release.

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise foundations of many generations, thou shalt to be called the repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. Isaiah 58:12

Before Jesus Christ fasted for forty days and nights, He was just like any other person in the land but after the fast, He return with power. Demons cried out His name and left their victims. People began to exclaim: “what manner of man is this!” “We have seen strange things today! Even the wind obeys Him!”

Likewise, your question marks are turned to exclamation marks when you return from the mountain of prayer and fasting. Your shame and reproaches are turned to dignity and honor. You’ll lay hands on the sick and they’ll recover and experience breakthroughs.

5. Prayer and Facilitates Supernatural Speed

If you’ve crawled or been in one spot for a while it’s time to put up a fight by engaging in prayer and fasting.

Accelerated speed is guaranteed in all departments of your life by engaging in prayer and fasting. The things that will take others a hundred years to accomplish, God will give them to you in a blink of an eye. After the order of Nehemiah (a cupbearer who became a governor in the space of three months), you’ll experience a dramatic turnaround and change of story.

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. – Isaiah 40:31

How Should We Come The Lord In Prayer And Fasting (Profitable Approach To Prayer And Fasting)?

Knowing how to position yourself when praying and fasting will help to maximize your engagement for profitable returns.

1. Come with specific prayers

We serve a God of specifics, He does not like ambiguity. if you are believing God for a child, let Him know the sex of the child you would like to have how many? For example, two boys and one girl. Be specific. Don’t assume when it’s time for prayers. Plan your requests. The blind Bartimaeus was shooting, Jesus, the Son of David, have mercy on me! Then Jesus asked, what do you want me to do for you? (See Mark 10:47-52; 1 Samuel 1:11; Nehemiah 1:4/2:4; Exodus 14:15).

Kingdom-focused prayers also have more rewards than personal prayers. To learn more about kingdom-oriented prayers, read one of my posts Kingdom Advancement Prayer Is For Our Profiting

2. Come With Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an integral part of prayer as every prayer should end with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the seal of an answered prayer.

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), WITH thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. Philippians 4:6

The word “with” in the English language is used to emphasize. It means that Thanksgiving is an important aspect of prayer. Avoid grumblings during fasting and have a cheerful countenance (see Mathew 6:17).

3. Come With Expectations

Hope and expectations are vital ingredients of faith. Faith is the substance of the things hoped for (see Hebrews 11:1). But sadly many believers seek God expecting nothing. You are not seeking God for nothing but something. Remember God rewards those that diligently seek Him and do not ask the seeds of Jacob to seek Him in vain. Carry a reward mentality.

For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off. – Proverbs 23:18

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

4. Come With Faith

In the school of faith, everyone gets their desire according to their faith. Don’t just pray, pray as if your life depends on it. It’s fervent prayer and heartfelt prayer mixed with belief that guarantees an answer.

Here is my rule of thumb for success in life which I have been applying to my life and I have seen positive results.

  • Pray as if your life depends on it.
  • Work as if your life depends on it.

Both actions complement each other. You can’t be committed to one and leave the other aside. Prayer without work is an abuse of the gospel of Christ because Christ Himself works. And work without prayer can lead to sweat without results.

“But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6

“And blessed is she that believes: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” – Luke 1:45

5. Come With A Pure Conscience

The foundation of everything that works in God’s kingdom is righteousness. That’s why in the course of this ongoing fasting season, maintain a pure conscience. Disobedience will rob you of your inheritance in Christ. Stay away from a negative association that may lead to your vomit. Avoid hatred, anger, and resentment.

Remember God does not hear the prayer of sinful people. In case you are still groveling in sin and you would love to surrender your life to Jesus so that God can hear your prayer. Pray with me:

Father in the name of Jesus, thank you for rescuing me from the power of sin, forgive me my sin, I confess to you and accept you as my personal Lord and savior. Thank you Jesus for saving me. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray.

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The Full Guide On How To Become Successful In Life

Here comes a new year that offers another great opportunity to make things right and become successful irrespective of past failures.

I understand that the year 2022 did not work well for some people as expected. These set of people had struggled to get things done, they probably did all they know how to do but nothing worked while some sets of people have had good reports to show for their efforts. No matter which category you fall into this post is for you and I will show you how to become successful in life. And if you have achieved some success before, you’ll also learn how to sustain it.

We will approach this topic from two perspectives: spiritual and physical.

Spiritual Approach To Be Successful In Life 

To be successful in life you need to first learn the spiritual buttons you need to press for a successful living.

Do I mean that you cannot be successful without going through the spiritual route? No, you can be successful without the following spirituality but your success may come with sorrow.

Some people don’t believe that God exists not to talk of following His principle. Yes, they are rich through the means of hard work or shortcuts but are not blessed. There is a difference between getting rich and being blessed. You can be rich and not be blessed. 

“The blessing of the Lord–it makes [truly] rich, and He adds no sorrow with it [neither does toiling increase it].” Proverbs 10:22

However, below are the 5 spiritual buttons you should press to be successful in life.

Have A Mentality and Attitude of Success

This is very vital as most people – even the so-called born-again Christians – find it difficult to believe that God wants them to be successful in life. Understand this, success is the will of God and not our ambition. In Genesis 1, God created us as blessings and not as burdens. He commanded us to be blessed and serve as blessings to others. To be blessed also means to be successful.

And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth – Genesis 1:28

Did you know that what you think of yourself is who you become?

Dave and Bimbo were husband and wife. While Dave was pastoring a church, Bimbo was always there to support her husband’s ministry. It happened that all the children that Bimbo had had for Dave were only girls. They already had three girls. Fortunately, Bimbo became pregnant with the fourth child. Both Bimbo and her husband were believing God for a boy. Bimbo had been confessing everywhere that he was a boy even after the doctor had confirmed and told her that she was another girl. At this point, even Dave who was an anointed man of God was in doubt about what looked seemingly impossible. The good news was that when Bimbo delivered she gave birth to a boy. Hallelujah!

And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from thee Lord.” – Luke 1:45

You see, you can’t think failure and arrive at success.

If you would be successful this year, first renew your mind from every negative pattern, and believe that success is for you and that God wants you to be successful (See Jeremiah 29:11/3 John1:2).

Believe is powerful. It dictates the outcome of your life. It’s the most difficult project to complete in life. It is easier to build a skyscraper than to change people’s mindsets. Most people have been used to failure that it has become very difficult for them to believe in success. Remember how the Israelites were used to servitude and blamed Moses for taking them out of Egypt?

The attitude of the Lion makes him the king of the jungle. He is not the fastest or the strongest animal but he possesses a different mentality (To know more about the lion read my previous post on Effective Leadership).

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Become Successful By Obeying Biblical Commands

You may work like jerky and eat the bread of sorrow – God forbid. In Ecclesiastes 9:11, we’ve to realize that the race of life does not belong to the swift neither does the battle belong to the strong. God is the lifter and builder of men.

In Luke’s gospel, some professional fishermen had attempted all the tips and tricks they knew about the fishing profession throughout the night but had nothing to show for their efforts. But when allowed Jesus to come into their boat, heard His words, and followed His instructions, they had a net-breaking and boat-sinking harvest of fish.

You too had toiled throughout last year and caught nothing. It’s time to involve Jesus. Allow Him to come into the boat of your life and let Him teach His words and directs you where to cast your net. You’ve been casting it to the wrong side all the while, let Him show you the right way to cast your net for a catch. Peter’s one-man business became a partnership business simply by obeying an instruction.

And Simon (Peter) answered, Master, we toiled all night [exhaustingly] and caught nothing [in our nets]. But on the ground of Your word, I will lower the nets [again].

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish; and as their nets were [at the point of] breaking, Luke 5:5-6

In case you require more insights into what biblical or scriptural commandments are, I created this post for you: All Scriptural Commandments Are For Our Benefits

Become Successful By Fearing God (Exercise Righteousness)

Righteous living is a prerequisite for triumphant living. Biblically, righteousness is the master key to business breakthrough and supernatural wealth. If you require comprehensive knowledge on the subject of righteousness and its impact on your business, I recommend my post: The Righteous – 5 Benefits Of A Righteous Living

Many businesses are barren as a result of ungodliness. Understand this, righteousness is the foundation of everything that works in the kingdom. Stop cheating on your customers; stop selling fake products. Let your business be built on righteousness; let all other aspects of your life find their roots in righteousness. Remember what made Daniel and Joseph successful in the Bible, righteousness of course. It procures favor and, unleashes fruitfulness, and makes great. What a powerful button you have at your disposal that you can press.

In Psalm 112:1-3,

“PRAISE THE Lord! (Hallelujah!) Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who fears (reveres and worships) the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments. [Deut. 10:12.]
His [spiritual] offspring shall be mighty upon earth; the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Prosperity and welfare are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.

“The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible].” – Psalm 92:12

Become Successful By Engaging In A Praiseful Lifestyle

Praise is one of the buttons you should press if you want to be successful in life. I am not talking about occasional praise (like festive-period-only praise). I am talking about everyday praise. I have written and published a whole book on the praise lifestyle. You can find it on the Amazon store: Praise Warriors: Understanding The Wonders Of A Praise Lifestyle.

One of the mysteries of praise is that it leads to increases. Nothing goes down in the hands of praise warriors. Multiplication is a product of appreciation. Never takes God for granted or else you would be grounded. Praise is also the secret behind the success of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Anytime He faced a seemingly hopeless situation He would give thanks and the miraculous would follow (see John 6).

Listen to this: let it be part of your new year’s resolutions and strategies that you’ll not complain this year. Turn your bitterness and hatred into thanksgiving and praises then you see how well you’ll become successful this year. Praise has many mysteries that I cannot tell you all of them here. But you can buy my book Praise Warriors: Understanding The Wonders Of A Praise Lifestyle or check the post This Will Take God or utilize the search bar (If you are on a mobile device) by typing Praise, it will return all my posts on praise.

Become Successful By Walking In Love With God

a picture of successful people sharing love and happiness.
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Friend, you cannot joke with love this time around if you want to be successful in life. Love simply means to receive the word of God, you believe and obey it (see John 14:21). It is what holds your interest and passionate about. Carry a heart for God this year and be successful. Hates what God hates and loves what love. Loving Him above all else is what guarantees success.

If you require more knowledge on Love, I recommend my post Understanding What Love Entails. You’ll find everything there. Some benefits of loving God are as follows:


Exploits are positive unprecedented happenings in life. They are what eyes have not seen nor ears heard before (see 1 Corinthians 2:9). Every genuine lover of God is a commander of record-breaking and groundbreaking success in every sphere of life.

“And such as violate the covenant he shall pervert and seduce with flatteries, but the people who know their God shall prove themselves strong and shall stand firm and do exploits [for God].” – Daniel 11:32


Every genuine lover of God is a public figure. To love God is to turn many to righteousness. In turning many to righteousness your stardom is established. God’s number one interest is the lost souls. He wants them saved. That was why He sent His only Son to die for our sins. When you have a passion for what He loves, you would have the heartbeat of God and it will procure favor over your life. Make this year your year of evangelism by showing others the way to Christ.

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.” – Daniel 12:3


According to the Bible, all things (not one or two things) are meant to work together for good for those that love God (see Romans 8:28). I can see lines falling in their pleasant places for you this year. Just demonstrate your love for God by obeying His commands.

Physical Approach To Become Successful In Life

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Life is both spiritual and physical. The Spiritual aspect is the most important but that doesn’t mean that the physical aspect is not important.

Become Successful By Applying Wisdom

Wisdom is also one of the buttons you should press to be successful this year. Simply put, wisdom is to know what to do from the Word of God and do it. It’s applied knowledge.

If you still don’t know what wisdom is or you are just wondering why you need it or how can you get it, I would like to recommend my post The Power of Wisdom. You should find all the answers to your queries.

Behind most business and marital failures in life are wisdom problems. Sandra was a businesswoman and she was into the catering business. Her startup capital was 5000 dollars and her monthly profit was 500 dollars. To keep up with the Jones, because her friends lived in a rented apartment for 5000 dollars per month, she also rented an apartment with that same range. The cost of her house rent was higher than what she made per month as a profit and equal to her start-up capital (Tell me why she would not fail). It’s wise to cut your coat according to your size.

At the root of many failed marriages is the wisdom problem. A man spent over 5 years in the university learning about cats and rats but had never read a single book on marriage nor had he attended any seminar on the subject matter.

Love only does not sustain a marriage, you need biblical wisdom to have a successful marital relationship. If you want to build a successful marriage that is hitch-free, I would recommend my post, 7 Foundation Of A Successful Marriage. Understand this, no marriage on earth will work if the husband does not love his wife and the wife does not submit to the husband (see Ephesians 5). This is a divine setting that cannot be broken – not even by God.

Become Successful Through Commitment, Dedication and Hard Work

Commitment, dedication, and hard work are all-time requirements for success. You need personal sacrifice to service your dead or dying vision so that it can live again (you may need to stay awake some nights or wake early some days or forget your launch some days). The secret of success is the extra mile. You need to put extra effort into what you do to make it successful.

Nothing is extraordinary on its own, it’s our extraordinary efforts that make it so. ~ Anonymous

The Bible warns strongly about slothfulness it decays the building through the idleness of the hands. Nothing works until somebody is working on it (what you don’t work won’t work). Jesus also shows how much hates idleness in Mathew chapter 20.

Work hard more this year. Hard work will not kill, it will only make things work. Put more quality time, energy, and resources into what you do best this year and you’ll be successful.

Set goals and milestones and be committed to achieving them. Time management is also a key here. Spend quality time on what brings value to your life (never allow worries to worm Into your life as it’s the most unproductive activity on earth, but rather hope and trust God for the best). Cut off your associations/friendship with barren people who have no vision and measure your achievements over time.

Build Capacity Through Self Development

With the current rate at which the world and technology are evolving, it’s obvious that we need to embrace continuous learning to remain relevant in our fields. Many people are out of business because they possess obsolete knowledge.

Identify and study those who are ahead of you in the industry (with proven tracks record of success). Buy their books and apply your discoveries. Build personal libraries and get addicted to learning. You need to become a bookworm to be successful in this era. Many business processes and logic are getting more complex day by day.

Your studies should not be restricted to business alone. You know the area of your life where you want to be successful. Look for relevant materials that address the most pressing need. It could be marriage, health, finances, business, or career. Whichever aspect of your life requires success you’ll always find quality materials that proffer solutions to the issue. Most books are written solve problems. The more you read the more your life becomes easier and the more you become successful. Michael Faraday did not have the kind of education you have today, yet he was an inventor and a preacher by his commitment to self-development.

Final Thoughts

You cannot be successful by wishful thinking, you have to take practical steps with what you’ve learned. Even though spirituality is the foundation of life, physical approaches are also important. Recap, below are the both spiritual and physical steps that have been mentioned in this post.

  • Have a mentality and possess an attitude of success.
  • Become successful by obeying biblical commands.
  • Become successful by fearing God (exercise righteousness).
  • Become successful by engaging in a praiseful lifestyle.
  • Become successful by walking in love with God.
  • Become successful by applying wisdom.
  • Become successful through commitment, dedication, and hard work.
  • Build capacity through self-development.

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