Ezra 8:23 NKJV

So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.

As Ezra was taking on a huge project that could endanger the lives of those involved, he did not want to ask help from unbelievers. Instead he proclaimed a fast and sought the Lord’s help. The principle we can glean from this situation is there are times when our prayers need to be accompanied by fasting. Sometimes when our faith is being stretched we need to take our focus off the flesh and stay connected in the spirit realm. That may require fasting. We should be able to tell when we need to add fasting to our praying. Sometimes God may lead us to fast and other times we may see the need and discipline ourselves to do it. (When fasting, the type and length of the fast should be based on our health and counsel from an elder, such as a pastor who is experienced in fasting if we are new to it. If we are under the care of a physician, his advice may also be necessary.)