I do not profess to be an expert on the subject of fasting and prayer; however, over the years I have learned some things about it. Just like each person’s fasting experience is different, each fast is different from a previous one. What I mean is this: No two seasons of fasting and prayer are alike. Why? Because you’re in a different “season” of your life than in a previous fast. Another reason is because God is doing a different work in your life today than in a previous fast.
Don’t try to compare or even figure out all that God is doing during this fast. Some things God is doing during this season of fasting will not be realized until later. Sometimes the benefit of a season of fasting is realized after the fast is over.
You can be sure, however, that God is always at work in you doing more than you know. Our tendency is to focus all of our thoughts on the one thing that we perceive to be the most pressing issue in our life. But God may have a different “agenda” than yours.
Many times I have begun a fast with a perception of what my need was, only to discover that as I fasted and prayed God revealed to me that He had a different agenda. As a result, the focus of my praying during the fast changed. You can count on this, no season of fasting and prayer is unproductive or wasted if our motives are pure.