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Spiritual Warfare Requires Prayer and Fasting
Here is another lesson of the spiritual warfare of Jesus. This example along with the others supports the claim that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Golden Altar of Incense found in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle. Since the Jews believed the smoke that went up to heaven from the Golden Altar was symbolic of the prayers of the people, the following words from Jesus directly support the necessity of prayer in bringing down the strongholds of the devil. More specifically, Jesus designates that prayer and fasting are necessary in the most difficult battles:
Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:15-21)
From other scriptures we know that Jesus both prayed and fasted prior to entering into ministry. Therefore, we should do the same.