TFTD: Some things require more
Mark 9:28-29 (NKJV)
28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
Think of the mother whose child is acting unruly in public and she gives her child a stern look and instantly they behave. Or perhaps you can imagine the supervisor who walks into the office meeting that was out-of-control and miraculously the “climate” of the room changes. Sometimes the mere presence of authority can shift things. However, there are instances in our life that require MORE.
Have you ever felt like you had everything under control and all of a sudden a monkey wrench was thrown into the mix? Have you ever thought, “Why can’t I handle this situation, why can’t I cast this “demon” out?” The reason why your usual methods do not work is because SOME things only come by prayer and fasting! Much like the disciples in Mark Chapter 9, we can find ourselves confused by our inability to do what we normally are capable of doing. God reminds us through the scriptures that some things can’t be changed through the normal day-to-day activities.
Some things require a level of surrender, humility and sacrifice.
When fasting, one is denying the flesh in order to gain a deeper spiritual insight. As you grow deeper in Christ, your spiritual gifts will be enhanced, your spiritual confidence will increase and the spirit of discernment will be heightened. Your prayers will be more powerful when you fast and pray. During your life, stretch yourself to give God a little more. Give God your best sacrifice while you fast and watch Him expand your spiritual knowledge. Give God your best when you pursue your financial goals, weight loss goals, educational goals, entrepreneurial goals and so forth. Stop doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. It’s time to STRETCH! It’s time to give MORE!
Have a wonderful day and God bless!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.