Posted by: admin888 Post Date: June 9, 2019

Only Prayer and Fasting

Have you been praying about something for a long time? You may need to add fasting to your prayers. I used to wonder why my mother would say to my siblings and me, “All of you are going to get saved. I’m fasting for you all.” My mother would often fast, especially when one of her sons was getting into trouble. She called it “paying the price for him.” Today, every one of her eleven children is born again. She saw us all saved before she went to be with the Lord. Praying isn’t enough for some children. They’re so tough that you have to go a little deeper and fast for them to be delivered.

James reminds us of the importance of consecration in prayer: “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). A fervent, heartfelt prayer from a believer in Christ has power and accomplishes much. Perhaps you have been trusting God to bring certain family members, friends, and acquaintances to Christ. It is possible that evil spirits from the enemy are deceiving them, and that they won’t leave unless you add fasting to your prayers. (See Matthew 17:21 NKJV.)

Perhaps you have been praying for a breakthrough at your workplace—you can fast for that, too. You can pray, “Father, I’m consecrating myself. I’m setting myself apart for this situation at work.” When you “pay the price” by praying and fasting, God will respond.

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your Word, which assures us You will respond to fervent, consecrated prayer.

Help me to rely on the Holy Spirit as I fast and pray for my loved ones.
In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: In some circumstances, only prayer and fasting can bring deliverance.

Reading: 2 Chronicles 32–33; John 18:19–40

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