Faith, prayer and fasting

Mat 17:14  And when they came to the crowd, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying,
Mat 17:15  Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and grievously vexed; for oftentimes he falls into the fire, and often into the water.
Mat 17:16  And I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.
Mat 17:17  Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him here to Me.
Mat 17:18  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and he departed out of him. And the child was cured from that very hour.
Mat 17:19  Then the disciples came to Jesus apart, and said, Why could we not cast him out?
Mat 17:20  And Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief. For truly I say to you, If you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, Move from here to there. And it shall move. And nothing shall be impossible to you.
Mat 17:21  However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.


but by fasting and prayer: that is, in the exercise of a miraculous faith, expressed in solemn prayer to God, joined with fasting. It seems that Christ not only suggests, that faith was greatly wanting in his disciples; for which reason they could not cast out the devil, and heal the lunatic; but they had been wanting in prayer to God, to assist them in Continue reading

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