Have you spent years in a church pew listening to entertaining preachers, all the while wondering if the power they preach is still at work today? That would have described me a decade ago.
The sermons were deep and motivational, but my life was still a mess. Then I learned how to pray and pray harder by fasting. I began to experience the power those preachers talked about. But I didn’t learn it from a preacher, rather some books and a good friend who walked me through the process.
Today I’ll share my top 10 list of Books on Fasting and Prayer that really bring power and breakthrough!
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The 10 Books on Fasting and Prayer that really bring power and breakthrough!
Before I give you a list of books on fasting and prayer written by men or women who are interpreting God’s Word I have to start with the Bible. The #1 book you should be reading about any subject, every single day, is the Bible. Open your Bible and read about the power of prayer and fasting. Not sure how to find fasting and prayer scriptures. I’ll share a list to get you started!
The Hidden Power of Prayer and Fasting
God talks about the hidden power of prayer and fasting more than 500 times (1)! If God talks about something that often, Y’all, there is serious power in it. Learn about it and practice it!
Not to mention, Jesus directly tells us we – as His disciples – WILL fast.
“Then the disciples of John *came to Him, asking, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” (Matthew 9:14-15 NASB)
The power of prayer and fasting is phenomenal. Through prayer and fasting nations have been saved from God’s wrath (Jonah 3:5-9), nations have been saved from annihilation (Esther 4:16), God has given great wisdom (Exodus 34:28) and vision (Daniel 9:3).
Fasting and prayer for breakthrough are your most certain tools! Spiritual fasting that is, fasting alone is more about diet.
Spiritual Fasting is setting aside the things of earth that you seek for satisfaction, in order to seek satisfaction from God” ~A Beginners Guide to Pray and Fast: Taking Spiritual Warfare to the Next Level by Tiffany Montgomery
Will you take up the charge to fast and pray, and become a strong prayer warrior today?
Instructional Books on Fasting
1. A Beginners Guide to Fast and Pray: Taking Spiritual Warfare to the Next Level
This beginner’s guide will help you get the spiritual breakthrough you need today by teaching you the discipline of prayer and fasting in easy to follow steps!
Prayer and fasting are powerful tools every Christian can use to develop and satisfy a hunger for God! Learn how to effectively practice the 9 types of Biblical fasts and grow spiritually. Yes, fasting is a way to take spiritual warfare to the next level and learn:
- How to pray strategically
- Why every Christian should fast
- The do’s and don’ts of fasting
- What to expect before, during and after a fast
- Intermittent fasting
- and so much more…
2. An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
Do you feel trapped in the machine of excess? Jen Hatmaker was. Her friends were. And some might say that our culture is. Jen once considered herself unmotivated by the lure of prosperity, but after she was called “rich” by an undeniably poor child, evidence to the contrary mounted and a social experiment turned spiritual journey was born.
7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of materialism and overindulgence: food, clothes, possessions, media and technology, spending, waste, and stress.
In this book on prayer and fasting, you will be challenged more than you expect but will learn practical tools you will never forget!
3. Experience the Life: Live as Jesus Lived: Transformed Character Book Two
In their series Experience the Life, Bill Hull and Paul Mascarella challenge the way 21 Century believers live our faith. Specifically, they challenge our practice of the spiritual disciplines. In Live as Jesus Lived you will be pushed to practice the same disciplines Jesus practiced, namely, fasting, prayer, tithing, study, and solitude. This series pushed me to grow spiritually in ways I didn’t realize I was immature and I highly recommend the entire series.
This 2nd book is one of my favorite books on prayer and fasting!
Books that Teach You How To Pray More Powerfully
4. The Battle Plan for Prayer
Inspired by the Kendrick Brothers’ movie, War Room, this exciting resource is designed to help anyone learn how to become a powerful person of prayer. The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life. Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles, not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level.
5. The Armor of God
All-day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you’re tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.
You have an enemy . . . and he’s dead set on destroying all you hold dear and keeping you from experiencing abundant life in Christ. What’s more, his approach to disrupting your life and discrediting your faith isn’t general or generic, not a one-size-fits-all. It’s specific. Personalized. Targeted.
So this book is your chance to strike back. With prayer. With a weapon that really works. Each chapter will guide you in crafting prayer strategies that hit the enemy where it hurts, letting him know you’re on to him and that you won’t back down. Because with every new strategy you build, you’re turning the fiercest battles of life into precise strikes against him and his handiwork, each one infused with the power of God’s Spirit.
7. Taking Prayer to the Street
This is a free prayer PDF booklet that gives many powerful prayer strategies you can take into your life and practice today.
Books that Give Practical Prayer Points and Examples
8. The Power of a Praying Wife
Today’s challenges can make a fulfilling marriage seem like an impossible dream. Yet God delights in doing the impossible if only we would ask! Stormie Omartian shares how God can strengthen your marriage as you pray for your husband concerning key areas in his life, including…
- spiritual walk
- role as a leader
- security in work
- physical protection
- faith and his future
You will be encouraged by Stormie’s own experiences, along with the Bible verses and sample prayers included in each chapter.
9. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
A classic must-read for readers looking for hope and transformation in the church today. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire shows what the Holy Spirit can do when believers get serious about prayer and the gospel. As this compelling book reveals, God moves in life-changing ways – calling us back from spiritual dead ends, apathy, and lukewarm religion – when we set aside our own agendas, take Him at His word and listen for His voice.
10. Pure Praise: A Heart- Focused Bible Study on Worship
Sometimes worship feels like it’s on autopilot. This newly updated nine-week study will inspire new passion and understanding of what genuine worship looks like. Bypassing a focus on technique and timing, Pure Praise (Revised) zeroes in on the hearts of both worship leaders and worshipers. This is an ideal study for both worship teams and Christ-followers grappling with the questions, What is worship—and how can I worship more authentically?
Worship and prayer go hand in hand and you will find this book inspires you to pray more worship-fully!
Which of These 10 Books on Fasting and Prayer Will You Read Today?
There is real power in fasting and prayer. Spiritual fasting brings breakthrough and healing in ways few other spiritual disciplines will. I’ve read each of these 10 books on fasting and prayer and applied them to my life to see God move in powerful ways.
- Breakthrough in financial areas came as God provided for us to live debt-free.
- Breakthrough in marriage came as God rescued us from the pathway to divorce.
- After 40 days of prayer and fasting, God brought real answers and directions for helping our special needs child.
Whatever book you chose, I encourage you to try your hand at a time of fasting that will please God and bring healing and breakthrough in your life!
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