by Shane Idleman
In Matthew 17:21, Jesus said that a certain evil spirit does not go out of a person except by prayer and fasting. Some manuscripts disagree on whether this verse should be there or not, but the principle is found throughout scripture: Fasting applies pressure to the spiritual realm.
Arthur Wallace notes, “Often, pressure has to be maintained before there is a breakthrough in heavenly warfare.” It appears that some demonic activity is not released until pressure is applied through prayer and fasting.
The weapons we use to fight Satan are not physical, they are spiritual. The weapons should match the warfare! Satan cannot be eliminated with an AR-15, but we can fast and pray. Those two high caliber spiritual bullets do substantial damage. Open the Word of God, pray, meditate, and worship for the fatal blow: “‘Not by might nor by power but by My spirit,’ sayeth the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6 KJV).
To learn more about how fasting realigns our hearts with God’s will and silences the voice of our flesh, watch Pastor Shane’s sermon in the video below: