The Fasting of Hannah (ZT Fomum)

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  1. Fasting is the abstention from food for spiritual reasons.


  2. Fasting softens the heart so that the things in it that God does not want can easily be uprooted.

  3. Fasting softens the heart so that the things that need to be planted into the heart can easily germinate.

  4. Fasting clarifies the mind so that things about which there was confusion are more readily sorted out.

  5. Fasting causes the heart of the one fasting to be more sensitive towards God.

  6. Fasting enables the heart to tilt more readily towards God’s will.

  7. Fasting makes it easier to believe God.

  8. Fasting makes it easier to believe God’s Word.

  9. Fasting strengthens spiritual authority.

  10. Fasting increases spiritual sight.

  11. Fasting weakens the grip of the world on the heart.

  12. Fasting weakens the grip of the things of the world on the heart.

  13. Fasting reduces the heart’s sensitivity to carnal feelings of hurt.

  14. Fasting sharpens the capacity for spiritual correctness.

  15. Fasting stirs the heart to love God.

  16. Fasting stirs the heart to love God’s will.

  17. Fasting stirs the heart to seek the things that are above.

  18. Fasting stirs people out of unholy inertia.

  19. Fasting breaks the power of procrastination.

  20. Fasting draws the fasting one nearer to God.

  21. Fasting makes the presence of God nearer, clearer and sweeter.

  22. Fasting brings hope and encouragement.

  23. Fasting releases faith to believe that God will win in the coming battle.

  24. Fasting makes it easier to forgive oneself.

  25. Fasting renders the heart more open to restoration to God and man.

  26. Fasting enlarges the heart to contain the purposes of God.

  27. Fasting makes prayer more real.

  28. Fasting intensifies prayer.

  29. Fasting makes it easier to receive revelation from God’s word.

  30. Fasting makes it easier to discern God’s voice.

  31. Fasting liberates Spiritual power.

  32. Fasting is a spiritual weapon that enhances the other spiritual weapons.

  33. Fasting lays a claim on God to act, and He does act.

  34. Fasting is an expression of spiritual desperation.

  35. Fasting is a way of importuning God to act.

  36. Fasting and prayer precipitate victory.

  37. Fasting is a decision of the will.

  38. Fasting people are closer to God.

  39. Fasting people know God better.

  40. Fasting people live longer.

  41. Fasting people are more alert spiritually.

  42. Fasting is a way of saying to God, “I will not let You go until You answer me.”

  43. Fasting is a way of saying to God, “The issue before me is more important than food.”

  44. The fall came because the fruit was eaten. Fasting is saying “No” to the dominion of food.

  45. Fasting opens a way to freedom from the power of food.

  46. Fasting is a way of saying “No” to gluttony.


The quality of the fast is determined by the following:

  1. Purity of heart.

  2. Consecration to the Lord.

  3. Love for the Lord.

  4. Self-denial.

  5. Suffering for the Lord.

  6. Sacrifice for the Lord.

  7. Knowledge of the Lord.

  8. Extent of withdrawal into God’s presence.

  9. Quality of prayer during the fast.

  10. Secrecy of the fast.

  11. Hunger for God.

  12. Obedience to the Lord.


The impact of a fast is directly proportional to the quality of the fast. The impact of the fast is also directly proportional to the duration of the fast. Everything being equal, for the same person a seven-day fast will produce results that cannot be produced by a three-day fast; a three-week fast will produce results that cannot be produced by a seven-day fast. The Enemy asks, “Who is fasting?” He is demanding to know the quality of the fast. The Enemy also asks, “For how long is he fasting?” He is demanding to know the quantity of the fast. By these two factors, the Enemy will access what harm the fast will do on his kingdom.

So impact is directly proportional to the quality and quantity of the fast.


“She wept and would not eat” (1 Samuel 1:7).

“Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast” (1 Samuel 1:18).

Hannah was in bitterness of soul, wept much, fasted and prayed.

Nehemiah said,

“When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven” (Nehemiah 1:4).

Could the problem with the prayers of many people be the fact that they pray before they have wept, mourned and fasted? Could it be that unprepared people are attempting to do business at the throne of God? Might that explain the poor results from such careless praying?

It is most interesting that the Lord Jesus the Lord of all glory also walked along the same pathway. The Bible says,

“Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me. ’ Going a little further, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will’” (Matthew 26:36-39).

So for the Lord Jesus it was as follows:

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