“And he said unto them, this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting”Mark 9:29 (KJV)
I will never grow tired of telling this story because it is the motivating force behind my intermittent fasting journey. When my mother was 6 months old, she was diagnosed with spinal meningitis. The doctors told my grandparents that IF my mother lived, she would be blind, deaf and dumb. My great-grandmother Ethel Bell Middelton got some of the praying women together at church and went on a 3-day fast for my mother‘s healing.
My mother was completely healed. The doctors said she wouldn’t be able to talk, but we often joke that she never shuts up. Because that woman can talk! Had not my great grandmother fasted and prayed, not only would my mother not be here, I might not be here as well. And that story and her example is why I will fast the rest of my life. She’s also my prayer partner in the ancestral realm. Whenever I go on an intentional extended fast I call on Great-Ma to touch and agree with me.
Yes, I love that intermittent fasting keeps my body snatched and free from chronic disease. I love that I sleep better, have more mental clarity, and improved cognitive function, but nothing, and I mean nothing compares to the anchoring of my soul and the richness of my prayer life due to fasting. There was a song they used to sing in church, “it’s me, it’s me, it’s me o lord standing in the need of prayer”. I STAY in the need of prayer and so I fast as well.
There are some blessings that won’t be activated, some healings that won’t be experienced, some protections that won’t be afforded, and some prayers that will remain unanswered unless you FAST. Fasting is the key that unlocks the door to untold miracles and blessings.
The Disciples were unable to cast out an evil spirit that possessed a young boy. But Jesus was able to command that spirit out of him. When the disciples asked him in private why they were unable, he told them, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting”.
Your prayers aren’t being answered, because you aren’t fasting. Fasting is the ultimate sacrifice and discipline. And I believe nothing gets God’s attention more than turning down your plate. The Bible says, “faith without works is dead”. Well my motto is that a prayer without fasting is dead.
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