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|My nephew is in jail and is unsaved. I wanted to fast until his release and hopefully salvation. I really felt the Lord leading me to fast but was only able to do so for two days. Will my prayers still be heard?|
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Many people in the Bible fasted in a variety of ways. Daniel fasted for three weeks (Daniel 10:2-3). Jesus fasted for forty days (Matthew 4:2). Moses fasted for 40 days (Exodus 34:28). There are no specific commands concerning how long a personal fast should be.
In Acts 13:2-3 it appears that they fasted until the Holy Spirit spoke to them: "While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away."
So there is no set length or rules for fasting, and it is not for the purpose of making us holy so that God will hear our prayers. God hears our prayers because we pray in the name of Jesus, being saved and made holy by faith in Him alone. So, the answer to your question is Yes, God hears your prayers always. Maybe you are called to fasting and prayer for shorter periods of time; like one or two days a week. It's presumptuous to make up your mind to fast until God answers; a fast is not intended to pressure God into doing what we want.
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