Matthew 17:18-21 – “And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So, Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, that if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.”
The goal of praying and fasting has never been to change God or His will. Through prayer and fasting, we are the ones that experience change and transformation — spiritually, emotionally, physically, etc. Coming into alignment with God through prayer and fasting helps us recognize our doubts, fears, and unbelief to overcome them.
When we pray and fast, the thing that leaves — the thing that “comes out” – is our unbelief. That is why the disciples were not able to have victory in this urgent situation of Matthew 17. The emphasis Jesus gave on prayer and fasting to his disciples was to remove this kind of unbelief, not a “this kind” of demon spirit. You must understand that as a believer you have been given authority over demons through the name and blood of Jesus at all times — whether fasting or not. As a believer, you can exercise the authority that Jesus has given you over sin and all the works of the devil because of what He has already accomplished. This type of authority is not because of anything that we do, other than act and speak in faith. Even though Jesus has won the victory over all of hell and has given us His authority to this victory, unbelief will keep us from living in the authority that we have (Luke 10:19). It is when we have faith to believe, that we can pray with confidence and faith knowing that “nothing will be impossible for the one that believes” (Mark 9:23).
As a believer, you’ve been given authority over demons.
In this time of fasting and prayer, let us ask God to strengthen our hearts to fully believe Him and His Word. It is okay to recognize and acknowledge if you struggle with unbelief. It is the first step in allowing God to strengthen your faith and bring you into alignment with His plan for your life. I believe it brings great joy to our Heavenly Father when we believe Him (Hebrews 11:6).
It is okay to recognize that you struggle with unbelief.
What is it that you need faith to believe for? Align yourself with God’s Word and promises during these 21 days of fasting and prayer. Release, renounce, and repent of your unbelief. Write down the things you are believing for and pray with confidence, knowing “nothing will be impossible for you.”
My prayer for you today, as we start this new year is that you will consecrate these next 21 days unto the Lord. To daily make some special time available to sit with Him, to hear His voice as He wants to minister to you for this upcoming year.
Pointing People to Jesus,
“On earth as it is in Heaven!”