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Pre-Fast Lesson: Day 4

Title: Fasting Removes Unbelief
Text: Matthew 17:18-21
By Brian Lambert

And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 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.
21 “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:18-21, NKJV)

When we pray and fast, we don’t do so to change God or His will; instead, by praying and fasting, we are the ones being changed. Aligning ourselves with God helps us curb our doubts and fears. When we pray and fast, the thing that leaves us is our unbelief. It is when we have faith to believe that we can pray with confidence and know that “nothing will be impossible.”

Ask God to strengthen your heart to fully believe Him and His Word. It is okay to acknowledge that you struggle with unbelief. That’s the first step in allowing God to strengthen your faith and bring you into alignment with His plan for your life.

What do you need faith to believe God for right now? Align yourself with God’s Word and will
during this fast. Release your unbelief. Pray with confidence knowing “nothing will be impossible” for you.

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