When fasting and prayer are joined together, it shifts things in the spirit realm, which then shifts things in the natural realm. One season ends and a new season is birthed when fasting and prayer are employed in the grace of God under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
One of the most famous times of fasting and prayer was when an edict was made by King Xerxes that all the people of Jewish descent would be massacred. In the book of Esther, we see a dire situation. Death is coming for an entire people group and one woman calls a three-day fast to petition God to intervene. This time of prayer and fasting not only changed the law, but the enemy who tried to destroy them was hanged on the gallows. Not only was the enemy hanged but an order was written that the Jewish people could plunder the property of the enemies that would attack them.
Talk about shifting seasons. The people went from a season of imminent death to a season of joy, feasting, bounty, and celebration.
One fast actually made such an impact on a group of people that they still celebrate the memory of it today; the holiday is called Purim.
Fasting and prayer together is used by God to cause a shift in the realm of the spirit.
What I mean by a shift in the realm of the spirit is when one season closes down and another season begins over a people, just like it did for the people of Esther’s time. A season of hopelessness turns into a season of celebration. A season of death turn into a season of life.
When God says He is about to move, He calls the people on the earth into the time of fasting and prayer. We need a shift and a new season in our land.