DAY 14 THE POWER OF PRAYER AND FASTING
Prayerfully read Mark 9:29; Isaiah 58
“And He replied to them, ‘This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29 (AMP)
I am sure we all have memories of how lethargic we become after we have stuffed ourselves on Thanksgiving dinner. Often we find ourselves falling asleep or at least wanting to if given the opportunity.
How often, over the years, I have heard people quote the above scripture, thinking that when we fast it is almost like a hunger strike to make God do something for us. I have heard people say, ”I fasted even, and God didn’t do what I asked.” I have to admit, that growing up, when my church called for a fast, I too, thought the same thing.
Fasting is not trying to prove how serious we are or to make God do what we want. Fasting is acquiring a sensitivity in the spirit. When I am full on Thanksgiving dinner, my body and mind want to sleep. When I deny myself food, my spirit becomes more alive, more sensitive. It is easier to receive things from the Holy Spirit.
When living in Hong Kong, I saw that even the realms of darkness understood this principle. When they were preparing to walk on hot coals or climb a ladder of swords, they would fast so they could more easily receive the spirits of their gods to perform this feat.
When we fast, we too, can more easily receive the Spirit of the Living God to perform the works of the Kingdom of God.
P R A Y E R F O C U S
• Lord, I empty my body to cause my spirit man to become more sensitive to Your Holy Spirit. Fill me Lord – possess me with your Holy Spirit.
• Give me a sensitive ear in the realm of the spirit to better hear Your voice. Pray Isaiah 50:4,5.
• Like Jesus, I want to do what You do, and say what You say,
By Pastor Beverly Schneider