In the Old Testament, whenever the Israelites were facing a desperate situation, they resolved to prayer and fasting. When they could no longer rely on their riches or their human strength, they relied on their Creator.
In the New Testament, prayer and fasting were often done in the context of repentance, of turning away from their sins and turning back to their Father in heaven. Through prayer and fasting, they signified their surrender of their human will to follow God’s will.
In this modern age where human achievement and strength are glorified, we need prayer and fasting to recognize that there is still a God who is greater and more powerful.
In this modern age where there are so many people left behind, we need prayer and fasting to remember that there is a Creator whom we turn to.
In this modern age where we go our own ways and do what we is right in our own eyes, we need prayer and fasting to repent and see things through the eyes of God.
In this modern age where there is so much noise, we need prayer and fasting to hear the voice of God, to surrender our wills and our desires, and to put our trust in Him.