I want to know what is fasting prayer and why we want to do the fasting prayer. What does the Bible say about this?

  • @ Mawia I am asking what bible tell about fasting prayer, u please ignore the denominations
    – Deekey
    Nov 13, 2013 at 9:45
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    So your question is, "why fast?" - as in - "how does it help prayer?", right? Nov 13, 2013 at 12:59
  • @Deeky If you just want a list of Bible verses then you might be better off with a keyword search. The more detailed answers people provide here involve some interpretation and thus require some denominational viewpoint. Nov 13, 2013 at 12:59
  • @Deekey Why are you tagging it with [science] tag? It's a bit odd to me (no offence) :)
    – Mawia
    Nov 13, 2013 at 13:45
  • @ David Stratton How do those answers you cited answer this question which asks about the effect of fasting on prayer? Those answers do not seem to refer to the basic question of what is fasting prayer. Not trying to argue just don't understand.
    – BYE
    Nov 13, 2013 at 16:45

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Fasting prayer is thought be more sincere than just praying by some Christians.

That belief is based on the following excerpt from the book of Matthew, this particular saying of Jesus is not included in any other Gospel.

Matthew 17:15 through 21 NRKJV

15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

17 Then 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.

18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

20 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.

21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

  • Highlighting important words is very important.
    – Mawia
    Nov 13, 2013 at 13:56
  • @ Mawai Thank you I'll remember that for the future.
    – BYE
    Nov 13, 2013 at 14:55

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