“Pastor, I’ve been praying every night since the month began, but of recent I discovered that my spirit hardly connects during the prayer. What can I do?”
First you need to revisit the reason why you started praying. Why did you decide to start praying every night in the first place? Let me guess, you heard a powerful message that touched your heart, or you just observed an anomaly that stirred up a fire inside you. Either way, an energy was established within your heart that made you decide to start praying.
When you prayed the first day, that energy was so strong that you probably brought the heavens down. And on the second day, it was probably similar to the first day, except that it wasn’t as powerful. Seven days has passed and it now feels like God is no longer supporting your prayer life.
The truth is, it’s not that God isn’t supporting your prayer life, rather, what many Christians haven’t realized is that any spiritual activity that started with spiritual strenght would require spiritual strenght to sustain it. That’s right! Spiritual activities like prayer requires spiritual strenght to maintain consistency.
The Bible is not silent about the possibility of fainting or development weakness while engaging in spiritual activities. Let’s see how scriptures put it;
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Did you see that? Running or walking in the spirit requires renewal of strenght for continuity, and renewal of strenght only comes when you wait upon the Lord. So the moment you notice that your prayer energy is going down, declare a minimum of 3 days fast for yourself.
You can’t run spiritual activities in the energy of the flesh, it has to be in the energy of the spirit. It’s true that a certain amount of physical energy is needed for effective prayer, but when food becomes too much in your body, your flesh will take dominion over your entire being. If you eat seven days a week, your prayer life can’t be effective that week. But when you seperate at least one day to fast every week, then you’d maintain the energy to pray. Anybody who eats all week will be weak spiritually.
I’ve said before that physical hunger is the border between your flesh and your spirit. If you can endure the hunger you feel in your stomach, it’s only a matter of time before your spirit man gains control of your entire being. Yet, hunger has been the reason why many Christians have not been able to live in the spirit, they find it difficult to endure the pain of hunger. If you can’t endure the pain of hunger, then your spirit man will remain dormant.
If you’re an ulcer patient, fasting for a day will not kill you. The ulcer itself is an attack from the devil that ensures you eat every time. That’s why you should fast. If you’re worried about the ulcer pain, then take water from time to time as you fast, and rest your back whenever the pain comes. Do what you can to ensure that your spirit man is alive. Come to think of it, your healing can only come from the spirit, not your flesh.
As I conclude, fasting isn’t something you do once in a while, it should be something you do often. In my opinion, if you eat today, fast tomorrow. If you keep alternating the feeding like that, you’d constantly be on fire when you pray.
I hope this has brought enlightenment to someone.
Remain ever blessed, in Jesus precious name!