#6 Power Through Fasting
What is fasting and what is its purpose? In the stricter sense of the word, to fast is to go without food for a designated amount of time during which the drinking water is allowed and encouraged. Most often associated with spiritual purposes and is an expression of humbling oneself. It may also be a ritual to consecrate oneself unto God.
Today, I want to focus on the power of fasting as related to our topic of adding fervency to prayers. Jesus spoke of the power of prayer and fasting after an encounter with a boy possessed of a demonic spirit. In the short version of this story, (Matthew 17:14-21) the disciples could not cure him… but Jesus did cure the boy as he cast a demon out of the boy. The disciples were perplexed and asked Jesus why they did not succeed. His answer came in two parts. Jesus initial comments, a word of rebuke (publicly), “O faithless and perverse generation…” but later when the Disciples asked him (privately) why they could not cast out the devil from the boy, Jesus replied,