Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 17:18-21 (KJV); And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 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 you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Our theme scripture has been interpreted by some to imply that there are certain kinds of demons that can only leave after you have spent some time in prayer and fasting.
However, when you read the context of the scripture, Christ was not making reference to evil spirits but to the unbelief of the disciples.
This teaches us that sometimes if you must deal with unbelief, it is prudent to spend time in prayer and fasting. That way, you fortify your spirit and are strengthened in the inner man.
If some demons need extra power than others, it would mean that the power of Christ in you is not enough and so you must do something extra to make it more effective against certain evil spirits.
The truth is that the power that is at work in you as a New Testament believer is greater than all the demons of hell combined.
You should never assume that some demons are too strong, they need a special kind of treatment in order for them to leave.
The same word that casts out a demon causing flu is the same word that casts out a demon that causes cancer.
If you are to spend time in prayer and fasting, let it not be because you think the demon you are dealing with is too strong, let it be because you need to build yourself in faith.
FURTHER STUDY: 1 John 4:4, Mark 9:23
GOLDEN NUGGET: Sometimes, if you must deal with unbelief, it is prudent to spend time in prayer and fasting. That way, you fortify your spirit and are strengthened in the inner man.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I know who I am and whose I am. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. I face life in the boldness of one who knows that the greater one lives in me. It is with this same boldness that I pray. In Jesus’ name, Amen.