Sometimes in the midst of that mountain that is not shifting, we can add fasting to our prayer.  This does help to focus the mind and help us pay particular attention to the matter at hand.  The Bible tells us that it is beneficial and in the OT, we saw that before the children of Israel went into battle, they would dedicate a day, seeking God’s face for victory over their enemies.

Luke 5: 33 And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours eat and drink.”

Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

Acts 14:23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

There are so many rules and regulations about fasting, some people will do it dry, with not food or water for a day or for 18 or 12 hours, etc…  Some people will only drink water; some people will nothing with salt, or oil etc… In the Bible, it was about denying yourself food but anything that you deny yourself of temporarily in order to focus  on God is a good thing to do.  Fasting is about redirecting your attention to God.  Everyone can give up something in order to focus on God.

In Matt 17: 21 But this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting… we read the story of a man bringing his son to Jesus’s disciples to heal him but they could not.  Jesus had been away from them up in the mountain.  When he came down, the man took his son suffering from epilepsy to Jesus and Jesus healed the boy by rebuking the demon in him.

As far as I am concerned, if Jesus said we need to pray and fast, then the case is settled.  So don’t loose hope on that matter, set a day or days aside to seek His face and focus on Him.

Prayer Point: O Lord help my unbelief; let me faith be even as small as that of a mustard seed and give me utterance to tell my mountains to move because your Word tells me that nothing shall be impossible for me in Jesus name.

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