02 Mar Prayer and Fasting will Bring Breakthrough for Many
Scripture — When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9: 25-29
Jesus gives a great insight into what it takes to move with authority and power over evil spirits. Today we are still dealing with evil spirits that seek to enslave people in all kinds of bondage. This is manifested in sexual addictions, drug addictions, internet addictions, shopping addictions, and anything that would control a person’s life to the point of obsession or unhealthy distraction.
We don’t blame everything on the enemy of our soul. Satan doesn’t have any power over us except what we’ll give him by our choices. But there is a very real spiritual bondage that happens when people continue to make poor choices. Jesus has given us authority over evil spirits through prayer and fasting. It is as we routinely fast and pray that we are empowered to set captives free through binding the enemy on their behalf. Jesus said whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven. Jesus has given us the keys to His Kingdom through a life of prayer and obedience to Him. We will be agents of change and freedom for many as we pray for people to be freed from the past and freed from their vices.
As a pastor I am often praying for people to be freed from evil forces that would influence them and keep them bound in a lifestyle of sin. I am reminded here to be a person who is consistent in my prayer life and obedient to fast when the Holy Spirit directs me to.
The anointing of God’s Spirit will be upon my life when I am faithful to fast and pray in obedience to the Lord. The anointing is what makes my life effective and powerful. The anointing is God’s presence and His faithful working through my life and in the lives that I am ministering to.
Lord Jesus, thank You for showing us how to be victorious over the enemy. Fill me with your Spirit so that I will be able to move in your power to prevail over evil and do spiritual warfare on behalf of bound and addicted people. Give me strength to fast and pray to the full extent of what You are calling me to.