Tuesday

This Kind


Matthew 17:21 - "However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." (NKJV)


Every Monday night is prayer meeting night at Harvest. “Prayer meeting” isn’t that popular anymore. Just saying it sounds boring. But those who understand know that this is where the action is.

The last couple of weeks our prayer meeting has been special. Last night we gathered in our usual circle. We all seemed pleasant enough. No one seemed that raring to go, but we weren’t lifeless either. It appeared that everyone had had a good day.

We served Holy Communion (as we do every week before prayer). Then, KA-BOOM! A spirit of praise came from nowhere. Actually, we were praising God so I’m sure it came from the Holy Spirit. For nearly 30 minutes the pray-ers praised the Lord! It’s fun when God gives this kind of freedom in prayer. But I’ve felt that we need more.

Last Sunday I called for a day of prayer and fasting for this Friday. The church worship facility will be open all day for those who want to come and go as they please. This morning to prepare my heart, mind, and stomach for Friday, I read Jesus’ words, “This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting” (Mt. 17:21).

This kind?  What kind?

According to Matthew’s record, this kind was the difficult kind—the “I’ve just hit the wall” kind. “I’m ready to cut and run—give up—I’m tired of doing this—It’s no use to keep trying” kind. That’s the kind Jesus’ disciples came up against, and that’s the kind that stumped them.

Jesus didn’t leave them wondering how to win their battle. His answer to greater success and greater power was “prayer and fasting.” This is what Jesus’ disciples needed to do to set a boy free from epilepsy. It’s what we need to do to set our world free too.

Which kind of impossibility is still staring at you, daring you to, once again, ask God for a miracle?

Are you waiting on God to drop out of heaven and fix your kind of problem? It could be that He’s waiting on you. Not just to pray, but to pray and fast.

This is the kind of prayer that sets others free from their kind of impossibility!

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