Letting the Past be the Past
The Fasting Factor
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:16-18
Key Verse: Mark 9:29 KJV
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
As we wrap up our story, we’ve been studying about the father who brought his sick son to be healed, I want to look at “fasting.” If you read the footnotes in your Bible, Mark 9:29 will probably say that some manuscripts add the word “fasting.” It was absent in many of the oldest manuscripts, so several of the modern translations leave it out. The fact is, as you will see if you read the additional scripture reading I suggested for today, fasting was an “assumed” practice among early believers. In Matthew 6:16-18, Jesus is correcting the method of fasting, but never discouraged its value or use!
For many of us, getting past our past is a major spiritual battle. Our future will depend on what we do with our memories of our past sins and failures. I personally desire all the power of God available to me. I don’t want to ignore even one avenue of gaining God’s grace and strength! Fasting is not mentioned a lot in the New Testament, but it is mentioned, and the Old Testament is full of examples of God’s people fasting. I fast because I refuse to leave “one leaf unturned” when it comes to discovering every aspect of finding God’s resources for my life.
If you are struggling in any area of your life and are seeking God’s help and strength, I suggest that fasting should be practiced. For me, I skip a couple of meals each week to keep in tune with God’s work. My way of fasting is not the only way – and may not be the best way, but, the point is, find your way!
Father, I believe you’ve planned a great future for me and I praise you for it today! Grant me power to get past my past and enjoy the peace and power that is available in you! I ask this in Jesus’ Name, amen.