Tobit 12:8-13 Douay-Rheims
Prayer is good with fasting and alms more than to lay up treasures of gold: For alms delivereth from death, and the same is that which purgeth away sins, and maketh to find mercy and life everlasting. But they that commit sin and iniquity, are enemies to their own soul. I discover then the truth unto you, and I will not hide the secret from you. When thou didst pray with tears, and didst bury the dead, and didst leave thy dinner, and hide the dead by day in thy house, and bury them by night, I offered thy prayer to the Lord.
And because thou wast acceptable to God, it was necessary that temptation should prove thee.
Clear scriptural evidence - from an Archangel who conveys the exact message of God - as to the efficacy of fasting and prayer.
But, take a look at verse 13, which I have separated for a reason. How utterly comforting it is when life seems “unfair” or as if God is far away, for it is then that He is closest to us.