“However this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting”. Matt. 17:21
Please forgive me for taking so long to blog! I think my technical issues are fixed, and I’m back!
In Matt. 17:21 above, Jesus reveals something really powerful about combining fasting AND prayer together. There are issues in our lives that will not be overcome until we learn to discipline ourselves to pray with fasting. I like to refer to the issue as overcoming the “brat” in us…the brat that wants to tell us what to do, where to go, how to talk and what attitude to have and leading us in the wrong direction. Like a spoiled child, our fallen nature begs and screams to be noticed and obeyed. The apostle Paul had this same issue in Romans 7:19…”I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.”
We all have things in our lives that we are overcoming. I realize that some issues are worse than others, but let’s be careful that we don’t compare ourselves to other people, and by judging them, think that WE have it all together. I don’t know about you, but the brat in me shows up daily!
Fasting teaches us to say NO to the brat so that we can say YES to God! So whatever you are dealing with…addictions, anger management, rotten attitudes, bad language, or simply laziness, spiritual lethargy, or lack of focus. Face it: when we can say NO to food, we can say NO to anything! By adding fasting to prayer, we develop the inner strength to actually obey God when He leads us!
7AM prayer times have been really good. Our wonderful elders have been leading us each morning and we have been praying over your requests as well as the Church Vision and the Upgrade project. Join us tomorrow morning. You’ll be glad you did.