“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” (Psalm 5:3)
Fasting is a powerful spiritual discipline! When coupled with prayer, it is even more powerful! Without prayer, fasting can be reduced to simply going without food. It is, therefore, imperative to not only pray when you can throughout the day, but also to set a time and place to pray daily!
Early in the morning is preferable to many since it is at the beginning of the day and will set the tone for the rest of the day. Also, morning prayer is preferable because of its significance in scripture. There are many awesome encounters with God and his people that took place “early in the morning.” Nonetheless, for some, setting a time to pray in the evening is best because of their schedules. Whichever time you choose, be sure to set a time and place to pray!
To help with focusing during your prayer time, you can use a recording of your favorite gospel song or hymn. You can focus on a scripture text and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you from a Bible verse, or, you can simply sit in quiet place of praise and worship while keeping your ears keen to hear God’s voice.
You may include a daily scripture, mediation and song during your prayer and devotion time. Also, during your time in prayer and meditation, you should have your fasting journal with you so that you can refer to your prayer list. You can call out your request to God or even wave them before the Lord during your prayer time.
Remember, prayer is communication with God, which means you expect that God will speak with you during your time of prayer and meditation. So, no matter the amount of time you set aside for prayer, be sure to allow some of that time to just rest in the presence of the Lord. Fasting heightens your sensitivity to spiritual things, so expect to experience God in very meaningful ways.
Lastly, approach your prayer time with a spirit of expectancy.
EXPECT GREAT THINGS!!!