WEAPONS OF WARFARE: PRAYER AND FASTING (Matthew 17:14-21)

Prayer and fasting are Siamese twins which goes hand in hand, they complement each other. Prayer is communing with God while fasting is deliberately abstaining from food or other carnal indulgence for a period of time for the purpose of enhancing and strengthening of the spirit man. Because it is of benefit to the spirit, it helps to increase our faith and make it stronger.

While fasting can used to wait upon the Lord, it can also be used as a spiritual weapon. It hastens up answers in the spirit realm because much power is released when you engage in it. While it can be used positively, it can also be used negatively, Acts 23:12-13 “And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy”.
There are some problems that can never be solved until you engage in fasting! They are set in cast and only the power released during fasting and praying can break them because that is the only way the faith needed to overcome that problem can grow. In our text for today, the disciples of Jesus could not exorcise the demon out of the boy not because they lacked faith, but because they were facing a mountain problem with seed size faith. After Jesus had delivered the boy, the disciples came to Him and asked why they couldn’t deliver the boy, “He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith that is, your lack of firmly relying trust. For truly I say to you, if you have faith that is living like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting” V20-21 AMP.
Jesus didn’t fasted once and for all, the Apostles engaged in fasting regularly so we too must live a fasted life. Do not be a lazy Christian that says I cant fast. What is that mountain that is standing before you? Pull it down as you engage in fasting and prayer.

Prayer point: By reason of the anointing, I pull down every mountain before me in Jesus name.

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