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Summary: Jesus knew there would come a time when He would not be physically present any longer with His disciples / with the church. Perilous times would come when supernatural strength would be needed. “Then they will fast IN THOSE DAYS.” Church, we are living

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Jesus knew there would come a time when He would not be physically present any longer

with His disciples / with the church. Perilous times would come when supernatural

strength would be needed. “Then they will fast IN THOSE DAYS.” Church, we are living in

such days today - the Bridegroom is absent and our needs for spiritual power are SO very

great. Jesus intends for us to seek after God with great prayer and fasting.

Today I want to talk to you about the subject of fasting. I believe that there is great power in

the principles of prayer with fasting. But so many people either 1.) Ignore fasting (“it’s not

for me”), or 2.) Misunderstand what fasting is all about, and what is required for true

Christian fasting.

In order to see something of the power of prayer and fasting, we need to turn to another

passage of Scripture: MATTHEW 17:1-21. [READ.]

Jesus returns from His transfiguration, having been aside in the mountains with Peter,

James and John. Upon His return down, they are met by the other disciples and the crowd

of people who were following Jesus to see the miracles He might perform. And the first

thing that we see is waiting for Jesus is:

1. AN UNMET NEED. READ v16.

There was a need that Jesus’ disciples could not meet - it was beyond their resources

(human or spiritual). Previous to this, Jesus had already given His disciples the authority to

heal the sick and cast out demons in His Name. And they went about preaching Jesus’

message of the Kingdom of God, and they healed and delivered just as Jesus said that they

would.

BUT NOW they have struck a need that is obviously too great for them. This young man, so

violently afflicted with a devil that tormented him - and the disciples, no matter what they

attempted, had been unable to deal with it. There was an UNMET NEED.

Jesus came down from the mountain, where He and His closest associates had been in the

presence of God, to be faced with this unmet need. They come down from the presence of

God where anything and everything is perfect and the possibilities are unlimited - back to

the grim realities of life. (Ever been in a powerful church meeting where you experienced

such a touch of God that you felt you could turn the world upside-down, only to go out and

bump into someone down the street that you’ve been praying for and there’s no discernible

change in them - in fact they seem worse than ever?! You feel the wind leave your sails very

quickly. You are confronted by the dilemma - the failure - the tragedy.)

Jesus and His associates came down the mountain to face AN UNMET NEED.

BUT I praise God that Jesus is the MASTER OF THE UNMET NEED. If you have some

situation in your life today that you have no answer for - my friend, your hope is JESUS. He

is the Master of the unmet need! Nothing is too hard for Him. Hallelujah!

2. AN UNANSWERED QUESTION. READ v19.

They’d had answers to prayer before, you see. They’d ministered effectively at times - they’d

had SOME successes. So what was different this time? “Why could WE not cast out this


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