KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 17:21 “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting”.
In this instant the Lord returned from the mount of transfiguration and came to find the disciples trying to heal a boy but failed. He took charge and delivered the boy of that condition.
The Lord remarked that they could not do so because of unbelief. Matthew 17:17 “Then Jesus answered and said “O faithless and perverse generation, how along shall I be with you how long shall I suffer you? Bring him here to me”. The disciples got to the master and asked why could not we cast him out? The Lord answered that if they had faith as a grain of mustard seed, they will say to the mountain to go into the sea, and nothing shall be impossible to them. (Verse 20). The Lord went further and added that “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting”. What is the Lord implying in these two statements?
First He said it was because of their lack of faith.
Secondly he said this kind does not go except by fasting and prayer.
The Lord is simply saying that, in certain cases one needs to fast and pray in order to build up his faith to measure up to deal with such a case.
The essence of fasting is not to change God, but rather fasting tunes us up to relate well to the Lord. Fasting and prayer has been one of the means where certain medical conditions that have defiled all other means have been stopped.
During a time of fasting with prayer one focuses on God and his word which strengthens him or her. . This helps to raise the person’s faith in God and his word, thus the answer is quickly obtained.
I have realized that at prayer camps and retreat centres certain conditions that have defiled all other means turn out positive. Some people have been rather lazy to abstain from their normal lifestyle of eating three times to fast and pray. The Bible says in Isaiah 58:8 that when we have fasted rightly “then shall thy light break forth as the morning and thine health shall spring forth speedily……”. Fasting and prayer according to the Bible speeds up one’s health speedily. Make fasting with prayer your lifestyle.
One way to build a strong faith for answers is by prayer and fasting coupled with meditation on the scriptures. By these divine disciplines, difficult mountains of health challenges are brought low.
Psalms 35:13 ” But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom”.
Matthew 17:20-21 ” And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting”.