The purpose of fasting is to draw closer to God and to solve problems that cannot be solved by prayer alone. Fasting helps us to turn from our natural human selfishness and become more selfless. It also helps us appreciate more the greatest sacrifice of all—that of Jesus Christ, and how it brought reconciliation between God and mankind. Fasting humbles our hearts. We become sensitive to the voice and guidance and presence of God. Our rebellious souls are humbled and our prayers and worship become more effective.