Prayer and Fasting Removed Demons

Prayer and Fasting Removes Demons

Matt 17:20-21 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;* for assuredly, I say to you, 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. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”* NKJV

  1. There are some miracles which will not be done without prayer and fasting. Health, prosperity, marriage trouble, difficulty with children, demons tormenting.
    1. Fasting is refraining from food for spiritual purposes.
      1. Not a hunger strike.
    2. The Guillens and their little child.
    3. Fasting enlarges the capacity of faith. Faith comes from hearing the Word, but fasting enlarges the heart to receive more faith.
    4. Illustration: two glasses, one large the other small, large pitcher much bigger than all glasses and pour pitcher into the glasses.
    5. Argument against fasting: Fasting doesn’t change God. True, but neither does prayer nor giving.
    6. One of my early breakthrough miracles came through fasting for 7 days. Cynthia healed.
    7. Daniel’s breakthrough came through a 21 day fast.
  1. Jesus discipline of prayer.

Luke 6:12-13

12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

  1. Unusual time to pray all night. He did this when He needed to make the important decision as to who was going to be His apostles.

 

Luke 9:28-29

28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.

  1. Times to join others in corporate prayer.

 

Luke 11:1

11 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

  1. People do not understand how they can pray long, such as an hour. How long do you shop?
  2. Do you exercise for an hour? Upper body, lower body, full body
    1. Walk and run on the tread mill.
    2. Stretches (leg curls,
    3. Bench presses
    4. weight lifts
    5. bar bell curls
    6. crunches
    7. squats
  3. Jesus gave the pattern of the prayer exercise.
    1. Our Father (worship and praise)
    2. Thy kingdom (submission to fruits and gifts)
    3. Give us (petition)
    4. Forgive (confession and forgiveness)
    5. Lead us (spiritual warfare)

Mark 14:32-33

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”

  1. Jesus ended his earthly ministry in prayer.

Matt 5:44

44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

  1. Pray for enemies. Use the Lord’s prayer to pray for them: Pray that enemies learn to hallow God’s name, to come under God’s kingdom rule, love to do God’s will, grant that enemies have the resources and daily bread, pray for them to be forgiven.

 


2 Thess 1:11-12

11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.       

  1. God count you worthy of His calling
  2. God’s power to help you fulfill every good purpose of yours and every acted prompted by your faith.
  3. That the name of the Lord Jesus be glorified in you.

 

  • Practical tips on fasting.
    1. How long, how much should I fast?
    2. Three types of fast:
      1. Complete fast. No food or water.
      2. Regular fast. No food, but plenty of liquids.
  • Partial fast. No choice foods. Sweets, meats, or bread.
  1. Duration:
    1. Half day (practice twice a week, Lk 18:12) Daylight.
    2. One day (Is 58:5)
  • Two days (Est 9:31) Note: Weight loss is dramatic on the first 2 days.
  1. Three days (Est 4:16)
  2. Seven days
  3. Twenty one days (Dan 10)
  • 40 days

 

Phil 3:19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.

  1. Caesarea, Vomitorium. Picture of Vomitorium Summary about fasting: Going without food for spiritual purposes.

Gen 3:6 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

  1. Eating drove Adam and Eve from paradise and they incurred the displeasure of God.

Ezek 16:49 49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy.

  1. Over eating led to Sodom’s detestable practices and their eventual judgment.

Gen 25:34 34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.

  1. Lust for food ruined Esau’s destiny.

Num 11:32-34 33 But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.

  1. And complaining about food brought to death a multitude of Israelis.
  1. Do you want to hear more clearly from God? Do you desire to know Jesus more intimately? Do you long to know his direction for your life? Do you need a miracle?
    1. Prayer and Fasting could be the answer to all these desires.
    2. Often when people say, “I have done everything I know to turn this situation around” they often have not done prayer and fasting.
    3. Hear from God! Moses received the Ten Commandments after 40 days of fasting.
    4. Esther received a miracle after calling for a fast!
    5. Hannah received a miracle! (1 Sam 1:18).
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