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Mark 9:29 – And [Jesus] said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. (KJV)
Praying and fasting! This truth is Scriptural. It is taught in our churches. Books have been written about it. According to our verse for today, it is the only way to break some strongholds of the type that I wrote about on January 16th. It is something that I had never done but thought that someday I should pray and fast, as I saw some strongholds that needed to be broken. I had prayed about some issues for a very long time and nothing much changed. The strongholds were alive and well.
Then I decided I would pray and fast one day. I knew I couldn't go all day without eating or drinking. So I chose to drink grape juice when I felt hungry. I focused on the Lord Jesus and the power of the shed blood of the Lamb. I prayed against the power of the enemy. I claimed victory because Jesus Christ is victorious. He has conquered sin and death and hell. It is not His plan for people to be entrapped. I trusted God, who is able to do more than I could possibly ask or think. Consciously, I spent hours praying and being in God's presence. The intensity of praying subsided as evening approached.
Ephesians 3:20-21 – Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. (NLT)
How amazingly God works! He does honour our obedience. Oh! How I need to pray continually. The battle is constant. The enemy knows his time is short. But he is defeated. Jesus Christ is Lord! He is the victor! Glory and praise to Him!
Let's trust God. Let's claim His truths. Let's really believe that God is able to do exceedingly more than we could ever ask or think. Let's pray.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we come to You humbled because of Your power and Your might. Often we don't really get it that You are all-powerful, that You are able to do more than we could ask or think. We live our own lives, at times oblivious to the battles going on around us, oblivious to Your power that is available to us. We cannot do life on our own. We cannot live victoriously on our own. We cannot fight the battles on our own. The battle is not ours, but Yours, God. Help us to trust You completely. You are victorious, Lord Jesus. We praise You and give all glory to You. Amen.