Open Heavens Daily Devotional
open heaven daily devotional
Thursday 26 December
Memory Verse: Howbeit this kind
goeth not out but by prayer and
fasting. Matthew 17:21
Read:Matthew 17:14-21
14 And when they were come to the
multitude, there came to him a
certain man, kneeling down to him,
and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for
he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for
ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and
oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy
disciples, and they could not cure
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O
faithless and perverse generation,
how long shall I be with you? how
long shall I suffer you? bring him
hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and
he departed out of him: and the child
was cured from that very hour.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus
apart, and said, Why could not we
cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them,
Because of your unbelief: for verily I
say unto you, If ye have faith as a
grain of mustard seed, ye shall say
unto this mountain, Remove hence to
yonder place; and it shall remove;
and nothing shall be impossible unto
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out
but by prayer and fasting.
To relate with the Holy Spirit, you
must be holy. You must also exercise
a living faith, pray and fast. Some
people will tell you that because
Jesus had finished the work of
salvation, there is no need to fast. To
them, fasting is completely needless
and is some form of self-inflicted
punishment. But they forget that
according to the Lord Himself, fasting
is required to handle situations that
appear very tough and resilient. In
Matthew 17:14-21, a lunatic was
brought to the disciples and they
prayed but got no positive result.
Later, when the same fellow was
brought to Jesus, He healed him.
Then the disciples privately met the
Lord to ask why they could not
handle it, and He told them it was
because of unbelief, ineffective
prayer and a lack of fasting. Also, in
Luke 5:33-35, when some people
came to ask the Lord why His
disciples hardly ever fasted, He told
them as long as He was with them,
there was no need for this but that
when He is taken away, they will
have no choice but to fast.
“But the days will come, when the
bridegroom shall be taken away from
them, and then shall they fast in
those days.”
Luke 5:35
Those who make excuses not to fast
usually have a challenge with their
appetite. They serve a god called the
god of the belly, and that belly is
ever asking for food sacrifices unto it.
Never become a slave to your
stomach! If you are and there is a
reason to skip a meal, that body will
be in trouble. Your body is capable
of adjusting to any condition. If you
are eating five times a day, it will
adjust accordingly. But if you change
to three times daily, there will be
some resistance initially, but it will
adjust. If you move from there to
two times daily, once daily or none
for a period, it will protest, but over
a given period it will adjust. Those
who find it difficult to fast often have
another challenge with self control
which is part of the fruit of the
Spirit. The more you deny your body
of food during fasting, the less
control it has in manipulating your
prayer life and leading you into sin.
From today, make out time to seek
God’s face in prayer and fasting. It is
advisable to fast at least one day in a
week. It is for your spiritual health.
Fasting is part of a Christian’s
lifestyle. But any time you are
exceeding 3 days of fasting, take
water, and when it is time to break
the fast, start with water and pap,
not hard foods.

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