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1.FASTING AND PRAYER: KEY TO BREAKTHROUGH!
Jesus Did It!
Matthew 17:15-21 Amplified Bible (AMP)
15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic (moonstruck) and suffers terribly; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.
16 And I brought him to Your disciples, and they were not able to heal him.”
17 And Jesus answered, “You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.”
18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was healed at once.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and asked, “Why could we not drive it out?”
20 He answered, “Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, [a]if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
21 [b][But This Kind Of Demon Does Not Go Out Except By Prayer And Fasting.]”
The following writing is one of the most important writings a Christian (BAB) could read, bar none ... and re-read frequently because Satan does NOT want Christians (BAB) tapping into the powerful weapons of combined fasting and prayer. Fasting incorporated with prayer is NOT an option for Christians (BAB)... for those who are serious about their relationship with God ... for those who want to walk in any spiritual victory.
Jesus makes a bold promise to His followers in Matthew 6:17-18, amp Bible 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head [as you normally would to groom your hair] and wash your face
18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by people, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.
(Endorsed by the Holy Spirit, no less, because He oversaw WHAT got published in God's Word, so 2/3's of the Godhead are in complete agreement on the matter,
Know every time You fast, God will reward you in one way or another.
Often times the reward/s comes after fasting is over.
No - You may not always receive from God everything you would like to have received from Him in your fasting - But God Will Let You KNOW, He Is Pleased with Your fasting by a reward of some sort that You Absolutely KNOW You would not have received from Him otherwise.
It's just a matter of WHEN You should fast; HOW You should fast; how LONG You should fast.
Thus without the strength of Holy Spirit to help me say no to food even for one meal, or one day, my food addiction would rule!
Fasting is a weapon in a Christian's (BAB) spiritual arsenal, and you need to know WHEN to use it.
It is neither the equivalent of a B-B gun nor a .22 caliber bullet in power.
Rather, it is the equivalent of a spiritual NUCLEAR WARHEAD.
You just need to learn that it IS a weapon that potent, and you need to learn how to wisely use it when Necessary!
OUR STUDY OF PRAYER has emphasized the role of our prayers on earth to invoke the power of our God from heaven.
Prayer Is POWERFUL Because It Is Human Weakness Deferring To God's Strength.
As James write, "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." (See James 5:16 KJV.)
When the righteous pray fervently, God's power is released to accomplish much. But, what about those times when the cares of life distract us from seeing our righteous standing before God through Christ and cause us to pray limp prayers that bounce back at us?
In such times, our prayers need help. We need a breakthrough in our prayer lives.
2.A Biblical Key To A Breakthrough IN Our Prayer Lives Is To Join Fasting With Prayer.
Jesus told His disciples on one occasion that the reason they could not cast out a particular spirit of infirmity from a demonized lad was because of their unbelief (See: Matthew 17:20-21).
A few verses later, He added these words: "But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." The point is that prayer and fasting combined can debunk our unbelief and re-empower our prayer lives.
When prayer alone doesn't work, prayer and fasting will bring the breakthrough.
Ahab was a king of Israel described as one who "did more evil in the eyes of the LORD than those before him." (See 1 Kings 16:30). But when God spoke to him through Elijah with a prophecy of impending judgment, we read that he "he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly." (See 1 Kings 21:27.) God saw Ahab's humility and fasting as repentance and withheld judgment until the next generation. (See verses 28-29.)
What God did for Ahab He will do for his people corporately. This is assured in the Lord's response to Solomon's prayer dedicating the temple:
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (See 2 Chronicles 7:14.)
The humble response of fasting and prayer, God said, would assure pardon and restoration.
A tell-tale sign that we are growing cold toward God is that our relationship with Him lacks heart.
Humility, repentance, and acceptance of God's pardon become more words that we say in prayer than genuine heart attitudes toward God.