The Importance of Fasting and Prayer

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.” Leviticus 23:26-32

In this scripture, the word “afflict” means to fast. In the Old Testament, there was one day that the children of Israel were supposed to fast. It was The Day of Atonement. The reason for The Day of Atonement was because God wanted the people to be humble. Fasting means you go without food. But the fast that God asked for on The Day of Atonement was not just to be without food. They were to be seeking God and drawing closer to him. God is the only one who can answer prayer.

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