5 thoughts on “A Failure to Fast

  1. theancients says:

    I agree, such a great truth!
    When the disciples tried and failed to cast the demon out of the possessed boy, in private they asked Jesus (after He’d successfully cast the demon out) how is it they were unsuccessful.
    Jesus’ simple answer was, this kind of unbelief (doesn’t mean lack of faith) can only be overcome by prayer and fasting!
    Coming from the Master Himself, I see my great need to begin both asap.

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      • theancients says:

        Sure,
        Recall the Father saying: Lord, I believe, help my unbelief. [This man had faith but he also had unbelief at the same time]. Jesus also never rebuked him for this.

        So having & exercising faith does not mean unbelief is automatically absent.

        Back to the disciples – they had faith they could heal the boy (they’ve done similar healings before). However, in this particular situation when things didn’t go as they expected, (i.e. when they didn’t “see” the manifestation or they saw the complete opposite of what they were expecting) their unbelief superseded their faith and hindered it).

        When they asked Jesus why they couldn’t get the demon cast out, notice Jesus didn’t chide them for lack of faith (they had faith to attempt the healing & expected a specific result)… but rather that it was “because of [their] unbelief”

        Further on we see that when Jesus cast the spirit from the boy – he fell down as though dead!
        Imagine what that does to the senses. Imagine you’re praying for someone and the opposite of what you expect happens.
        One has to be truly grounded in what the Word says over their 5-senses in order to “ignore” what they’re seeing/what’s happening in front of them. And the only way to do this is through prayer and fasting.
        When we fast, we are basically subjecting our senses (body) to the will of our soul (mind) and spirit.
        If you look around, we’re all controlled by our body. The body says I want to eat, some even without thinking feeds it regardless of hunger.
        But we need to start training our body and mind to do the will of the spirit instead of the other way round. That’s the only way to be overcomers in this life.
        And fasting is the best way to do this. Example – I decided to do a very simple fast until 12:00 noon today. Easy right!
        Yet, unusually, from 8:00 AM my body & mind has been demanding food.
        I was tempted to quit before I started – telling myself, it’s not a true fast, it’s only a few hours etc.
        But the point is, I have to allow my spirit-man to dictate to my senses, I cannot allow them to dictate to it.

        To sum it up, Smith Wigglesworth said it best: I am not moved by what I see, I am not moved by what I feel, I am moved by what I believe.

        And it’s only through fasting and prayer that we can move beyond the restrictions of the senses to dictate to us.

        [I will respond to comment on other thread later. Thanks for a great response there. I actually agree with you. ]

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        • Good explanation, thanks! That’s what I thought you meant. With regard to “And the only way to do this is through prayer and fasting,” I find it interesting that some manuscripts include fasting and some don’t. The NIV and the NSAB just say prayer. KJV says prayer and fasting. Didn’t take the time to do a survey of the others.

          It’s also interesting that John’s disciples came to Jesus asking, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”

          If Jesus indeed said “This kind can come out only by prayer,” and didn’t mention fasting, then that indicates that perhaps the disciples forgot to involve the Father in the process. Jesus always involved His Father. Even when He multiplied the loaves and fish, He first looked to heaven and gave thanks.

          So for me the lesson is to involve the Father. Don’t even try to do important things without first looking to Him. A deeper prayer life is the spiritual discipline I need to regain.

          I like all you said about fasting being a spiritual discipline, too, and I agree.

          It’s easy for me to fast from a meal or two, because it takes a long time for me to get hungry. So right now I’m fasting from sweets because that’s the harder thing. And time-wasters (and sleep stealers) like computer Scrabble and solitaire in its many forms.

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          • theancients says:

            Thank you, as I really wasn’t sure if I’d explained it well.
            I’m trying to cultivate a deeper prayer life -{I never had it.
            I do realize that prayer is more about being in constant communication with Father… so whenever I find my thoughts focusing on self & comparing self to others etc., I begin speaking out loud in conversation with Father to refocus my attention.

            Ha! I used to be like you – able to go without meal(s) for a long time. I’ve managed to pick up ‘mindless eating’ the past 2-3 years and to tell you how bad it was, I ashamedly broke my fast (gasp) yesterday, as soon as I sent the comment to you. Imagine, I just wrote about fasting, that I was fasting, and immediately left and went to get a drink & snack. Caught myself as I took a bite… Thank God for no condemnation, I resisted the urge to feel bad about it. Still felt weird, but I continued today.

            I definitely need time away from the computer as well; which I’ve done the past two weeks but only because I’ve been preoccupied with other things.
            Can totally relate to time spent playing Scrabble & solitaire – not anymore though.

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