KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 17:16 (KJV). “And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.”
Many people have prayed for the sick without having the anticipated results. The disciples have seen how Jesus healed the sick. They have seen and heard him say certain words in healing the sick. They used the very words Jesus used to heal the sick, yet they failed. Many people might have used the very words that those who have been successful have used, yet things did not come out well. The man whose son was ill called on the Lord to help. After the Lord had expressed his dislike for the disciple’s failure, he healed the sick boy.
The disciples asked the Lord, why could we not cure him, He said it was because of their unbelief. These brethren thought they had the faith to answer the situation yet, they failed. If the child had died, the normal reason to be given for the death was that God had decided to take the person home, which was not the truth. The truth is, the brethren failed because of lack of faith. The Lord added that this kind will go by fasting and Prayer.
Fasting and Prayer combined together strengthens the child of God greatly. Meditation is one discipline all must employ. One’s faith is strengthened through meditation on the word during times of fasting. The next effect of fasting is the humbling of the soul, and allows the spirit to take charge. It is the action of the Spirit on the word that releases real faith for results. Most people operate often in the soulish realm
It is time for every child of God, to seek for more and greater results by getting closer to the Lord in fasting and Prayer. Remember to spend great moments of the times of fasting in meditation on the word. This is one thing most people do not practice. We would be having greater successes in helping others and ourselves as well, when we do these things.
I humble my soul through fasting and Prayer as my spirit takes charge of affairs. By the spirit God’s power is always released for greater impact and results.
HEB 4:12 “The word of God is alive and powerful. Sharper than any two-aged sword, piercing to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joint and marrow. It is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Psalms 35:13 “But as for me when they were sick, my clothing was sack cloth, I humbled my soul with fasting, and my prayer returned into my real bosom”