That's a good question:
The Bible mentions different types of fasting. There is limiting yourself to a certain type of food (Daniel 1:8–14). There is fasting from food entirely (Daniel 10:2–3). There is fasting from food and water (Luke 4:2; Acts 9:9). There is also “fasting” from a certain activity, such as a husband and wife abstaining from sex for a predetermined period (Exodus 19:15; 1 Corinthians 7:5). With the different types of fasting in mind, how to fast depends greatly on what type of fasting you are doing.
*Always ask God for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to how and for how long He wants you to fast. Setting a time frame seems to be the biblical approach (Esther 4:16). Also, fasting should have a clear purpose. People in the Bible fasted and prayed because they wanted something specific to happen. They either wanted God to change them, to change their circumstances, or to reveal something to them. Ultimately, fasting is far more about focus than food. Fasting is taking your focus off of the things of this world in order to focus more on the things of God. Fasting can thus be a means of growing closer to God.
*It is good to examine your motives for fasting. Fasting is not about manipulating God. Fasting will not cause God to do something that is outside of His will. Fasting is about changing yourself to be in agreement with God’s plan and to be prepared to carry out your role in His plan. When you are deciding how to fast, it is crucially important to remember what fasting is all about—changing yourself, not changing God.
A note of caution concerning fasting: those with medical conditions, especially conditions involving dietary restrictions (diabetes, for example), should consult a doctor before fasting. Remember, there is no biblical command that followers of Jesus Christ must fast. Therefore, it is not wrong to take a medical condition into account when determining how to fast.
“God, why can’t I win the lottery?” “God why won’t You give me the high-paying position?”
“God why didn’t I get him as a husband or her as a wife?”
Yes, the end of James 4:2 says “You do not have because you do not ask,” but the next verse clarifies that statement further:
“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3NIV).
God normally is not inclined to cater to our selfishness. So if you are asking for something "amiss", for selfish reasons. God’s answer might be as he answered the mother of James and John the sons of Zebedee “You know not what you ask.” (Matthew 20:22)
Jesus says ask according to His will or asking for something for Him or according to His purpose, or will. (1John 5:14-15)
Think of it this way” What would Jesus ask for” (which is the literal meaning of praying for something “in Jesus’ name” (John 14:13). How can we think like Jesus you may ask. Well, having a clean heart, and a renewed right spirit, will give us the right motives, the end result answered prayer. This puts a whole new perspective on the equation.
of coarse this isn't an exhausted answer but Prayerfully this is helpful and may eliminate your “why” question altogether.
Can A Homosexual be saved?
This topic arose while at at a week Bible study
I would say this. I believe it is clear that homosexuals, like other kinds of sinners, can be saved and sanctified:
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards,
nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were
some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you
were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, NASB).
Paul is saying that any sinner can be saved because of the greatness of the
saving work of Jesus. No one is too big a sinner to be saved. Indeed, Jesus said
that the greater the sinner, the greater the gratitude and love they have for the
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to
the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the
dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the
idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying (Revelation 22:14-15).
Will some of those in hell be homosexuals? Yes, but every other kind of sinner
will be there as well if they have not trusted in the Lord Jesus, in His death for
our sins, and in His resurrection to make us righteous.
A homosexual who has confessed his sins (a homosexual lifestyle being one of
these) and trusted in Jesus for salvation will go to heaven. His homosexual
desires may or may not go away, but his lifestyle of homosexuality should. This
is not to say that the homosexual may not fall, just as any other believer may
fall back into sin (like alcoholism, or addiction to pornography, or pride, or
uncontrolled anger). But when such sin is confessed, the believer is forgiven, to
continue on the path of righteousness.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not
in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not
sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. 2:1 My little children, I
am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we
have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself
is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the
whole world (1 John 1:8-2:2).
I hope this helps,
"Truth of the word".