But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face so that you may not be seen fasting by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Matthew 6:17-18 NASB)
We are on the 2nd of 7 Biblical reasons for fasting.
Yesterday we looked at fasting as a means to hearing from the Lord for direction in your life.
Today we will look at Jesus’ comments to the disciples when they were faced with the demon possessed boy.
You remember the story. Jesus took His favorites, Peter, James and John, with Him up on the mountain where they had a meeting with Moses and Elijah. When they returned they found the rest of the crew in an uproar with a man and his boy.
The boy had a demon and was always trying to commit suicide, and the father as you can imagine was beside himself. He brought the boy to meet with Jesus. Since Jesus was otherwise occupied, the disciples tried to do what they had see the Master do over and over again but to no avail.
When Jesus arrived, he dealt with the father and his boy, and then went off to the side with his men.
What follows is revealing.
And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:28-29 NKJV)
As we have noticed before Jesus was all prayed and fasted up so to speak. He was ready, but this demonstrates to me that Jesus lived a life of prayer and fasting.
Fasting can help us quiet our flesh and tap into the resources that are already our's in Christ. We have the power to cast out demons, because the greater one is within us. [Tweet This] But there are times when we need to shush the roar of our lives and our flesh so we can tap into that which has been freely given to us.
See you tomorrow.