Daily Discipline – The Practice of Fasting and Prayer

Hello and Welcome!

It is a new week and a new day and I’m so glad you could join me as we continue our journey toward renewing our minds and improving our self-discipline. If you’re just joining me, you can read my article, A New Self Discipline Journey to learn more about why I am doing this, and how this may benefit you as well.

This week we are going to focus each day on fasting and prayer. Each day this week I will provide affirmations, scriptures, and daily challenges regarding this topic. Next week will be a new one!

With that said, let’s start our morning together!


Before we begin let us take some deep breaths to calm our mind and prepare us for this mornings discipline.


I personally like to have some soft music in the background, so if that’s something you like as well below you will find a song you can play for the duration of our time together.

PRAYER For Fasting

Now that we’re calm, let us transition to a time of prayer. Over the next few minutes you can pray on your own or feel free to use the following prayer:


I ask You for a fresh vision for what breakthrough will look like in my life.

Help me to pursue healing while I wait for my miracle. Show me how to rest right in the middle of the storm. Help me to enjoy the feat You prepare for me, right in the middle of the battlefield. I want my whole life to testify that there’s a God in heaven who knows my name and who will get me safely home.

Fill me afresh with the wonder of Your love and power. I am determined to win this battle with anxiety. Help me to discern when to rest, when to feeast, and how to actively engage my faith as I wait for You to breakthrough.

May my life display Your power. Do the impossible in and through me, I pray.


Prayer for Breakthrough | Bible Study Tools


Here are a few affirmations for this morning that you can put in your pocket and carry with you throughout your day.

As you read through them, repeat each one out loud at least three times before moving to the next. Take your time. Close your eyes and say them to yourself as well. Let these words sink into your heart and mind this morning:

  1. I am filled with joy because Christ is my strength.
  2. I am seen and known by God.
  3. I am not forsaken. I am accepted.
  4. I am no longer a slave to fear.


As Christians, our affirmations should be rooted in the strength and power of God who empowers us and strengthens us to face every trial and every day (both good and bad).

Here are some scriptures that further support the affirmations we just spoke to ourselves. Again, repeat each one three times out loud before moving to the next one. Take your time. Maybe try to commit these to memory as well:

  1. Daniel 9:3, “So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, andin sackcloth and ashes.”
  2. Luke 4:4, “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.'”
  3. Ezra 8:23, “So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.”
  4. Joel 2:12, “Yet even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.'”


Our challenge today is this: CHALLENGE.

Quote of the Day

Today’s quote comes from begin a fast:

Fasting is often times a forgotten discipline for believers. But it is a powerful tool that helps us re-center our hearts and minds on God and helps us focus our prayers more meaningfully.

Not only that, but there are actually health benefits to fasting as well. Here are just a few examples:

  1. Weight loss
  2. Blood sugar control
  3. Influences metabolism
  4. Improves gut health
  5. Supports heart health
  6. Aids brain health
  7. Helps reduce anxiety

This week I am personally fasting and praying. I am doing this because there are several areas in my life that I feel I am drowning in, and I realized I haven’t fully given them over to God. I need help. I need a breakthrough. I need something to give or I am going to crumble under the weight of it all.

I have committed to at least 3 days of only having water and coffee. After three days I am unsure of what I will do, but this is my starting place. I am also journaling, praying, and worshipping God through music.

If you haven’t fasted before, and if you’re needing God to move in a mighty way in your life, I invite you to explore fasting and give it a shot. You might just see God do some crazy and miraculous things.


Today’s quote comes from classical pianist, composer and writer Stephen Hough, who said:

In anything, there has to be that moment of fasting, really, in order to enjoy the feast.

Stephen Hough

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