Peter, James, John and Jesus returned from the Mount of Transfiguration and found the remaining Disciples arguing with Jewish scribes. Those Disciples had just tried to expel a dangerous demon from a young boy but were not successful in doing so, despite having performed exorcisms before.
When the boy’s father came to Jesus and told Him that his Disciples inability to heal his son, Jesus said “bring the boy to me” . . . and He healed him. Afterwards, the Disciples approached Jesus and asked why they could not heal the boy. Jesus said: “This kind can come out by nothing but Prayer and Fasting.” Mark 9:17-29
Fasting demonstrates the depth of one’s desire, when praying for something. Jesus is saying that to do God's work, we need both faith in Him and power from Him. Prayer is the faith. Fasting is the Power!
Have you tried the Power of Fasting? Daniel tells us how to do it:
“I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel 10:13
Purpose: The purpose of fasting is to strengthen you spiritually, mentally and physically. The goal is to help cleanse your temple of the destructive and negative forces that interfere with your relationship with God. Through Fasting, your ability to hear, see and accomplish God’s plan will become clearer. During the Fast, you will gradually eliminate the toxic and degenerative foods from your diet and rebuild your body with healthier choices.
The storms of this life often threatens to overflow and overwhelm us; but in God's Word we find reasons to keep swimming; keep striving; keep pressing and holding on. In this series we explore 21 reasons why we can have hope, even in a world, or personal experience, that feels hopeless.