Fasting has been an important practice since the beginning of time as demonstrated throughout the Bible. Scripture reminds us: "Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning" (Joel 2:12, NKJV). "Give yourselves to fasting and prayer" (1 Corinthians 7:5). Jesus Himself said “When you fast . . .”, not “if” you fast, therefore implying how important this practice was for all His followers.
Fasting is a voluntary, private, and Spirit-led separation from one's usual activities of life. It is intended to heighten focus, intensify fervor and dependence on God's strength, and to gain control over one's fleshly cravings and human will. You will find that fasting is the fuel to your prayer life. Because of removing the many things that get in the way spiritually, through fasting you will sense a closeness to God like never before.