“After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why couldn’t we drive it out?’ He replied, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer’” (Mark 9:28-29).

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“After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why couldn’t we drive it out?’ He replied, ‘This kind can come out only by prayer’” (Mark 9:28-29), and in Matthew 17:14-21, we see fasting mentioned, along with prayer. The account in Luke 9 is similar. Prayer and fasting are closely linked, and almost always appear with each other in scripture. Although these verses in Matthew differ, among translations, Jesus indicated to his disciples, I figure, even more so, to the on lookers, that they had little faith. Jesus went on to tell them, “everything is possible for the one who believes.”

Several nights ago, I had another visitation dream in which I found myself under demonic attack. I ran part ways up a staircase, and the creature stood at the top looking down at me. I rebuked the demon in the name of Jesus and instructed it to return to hell. It resisted me, so I repeated my rebuke, and it resisted further still. Finally, after maybe the third or fourth time, the demon looked me square in the eyes and mocked my rebuke, then I woke. As I was coming out of the dream the Spirit of the Lord spoke to me. The Spirit said, “This kind can only come out by prayer and fasting.” And I was led, by the Spirit, to the gospel accounts of the demon possessed boy.

I’ve been under spiritual attack, for a while now, but over the past few months, in particular, the attacks have been steadily intensifying. At the risk of sounding too whiney, a lot of pain has been hidden under a smile for some time. It took a few days for my mind to process the dream. I know, it probably seems pretty straight forward reading it now, but just a few days ago, it was still perplexing, even bewildering. I’ve never encountered a demon, whether asleep or awake, which was permitted to resist with such boldness. I realize now that the Lord was instructing me in the same way he instructed the people on that day the disciples were unable to deliver the demon possessed boy. I pray that I learn the lesson. And just as he was on that day, God will be glorified!

Finally, fasting is such an integral part of our prayer life. If you don’t presently fast, then please pray and seek the Lord, regarding incorporating fasting into your prayer life today. I promise, you won’t regret it.

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