The Perspective of Heaven
So He said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting." Mark 9:29 NKJV
In Mark 9, a father brings his boy (who is deaf, mute, and demon possessed) to Jesus’ disciples and they are unable to help the boy. Jesus steps in and heals the boy and sets him free from the demon! The disciples wonder why they couldn’t bring healing and full deliverance to the boy, and ask “Why could we not cast it out?”
The disciples were obviously filled with love and care for the boy and his father, and wanted to make sure they never failed again in such a crucial and critical ministry moment. They were asking “What are the key steps to casting out demons?”
The way Jesus casts out the evil spirit actually is a great model for us to follow. He discerned it was a “deaf and dumb spirit” and commanded the evil spirit to “enter the boy no more.” But Jesus doesn’t give the disciples a practical method or a step-by-step plan (say this, don’t say that, do this, don’t do that, and so forth). He simply says, “This spirit can only come out by prayer and fasting.”
Maybe you have read this answer from Jesus before and thought, “In order to get power from heaven, I have to fast and pray to get that power.” This is not what fasting is all about. It’s not a one-time thing. Jesus’ words are really a call to a consistent, long-term lifestyle of praying and fasting as modeled by Him.
Fasting does not earn us “spiritual points” to qualify us to acquire spiritual power to see darkness defeated or a miracle take place. We cannot earn anything in the Kingdom of God.
Fasting is not about gaining the Power of Heaven.
Fasting is all about gaining the Perspective of Heaven.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” When we fast, we start to see clearer than before because our hearts get pure. Our perspective shifts from the natural (the things we can see, hear, feel, smell, and eat) toward the eternal and spiritual to see what’s truly going on in life.
Adding fasting into our lives, as a spiritual discipline, is like using a microscope or telescope. We gain a new perspective. We can see things with enhanced sight that were unseen previously. We are still using our physical eyes to see, but we have a tool that is greatly enhancing our perspective. Jesus is saying “This is what prayer and fasting can do for your spiritual life! I want to help you truly see the spiritual realities all around you.”
Is there is a major life-impacting situation in front of you? What you need is the perspective of heaven. Maybe what you’re facing is a “this kind” of situation that will only change through prayer and fasting? Jesus is inviting us on a journey to fast and pray so that we fully rely and depend on His grace and not our own efforts.
In full surrender and full dependence on His grace, Jesus gives us the gift of perspective—His perspective. And our eyes start to see things that were there all along, but only after prayer and fasting were we able to take our eyes off of this world and truly see in the full perspective of what God sees all the time.
This excerpt was reproduced from Griffin, Chris. Fasting For Breakthrough: A 21-Day Biblical Roadmap for Fasting and Prayer (p. 22). BookBaby. Kindle Edition.