Prayer and Fasting?

Exactly how does Christian healing take place? Not long ago, when I was seriously asking myself this question, Christ Jesus' declaration "this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting" Matt. 17:21; came to mind. I looked up the statement and found it at the end of the account in Matthew of the healing of the "Iunatick," or epileptic boy.

The father had brought the boy to the disciples for healing, but they had failed to heal him, and so the father appealed to Jesus. The child, of course, was healed immediately, but the significant part of the story for me was what Jesus said afterward. He rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith, pointing out that one has only to have faith as a grain of mustard seed, and that no healing is impossible. He then concluded his lesson by pointing out the necessity for prayer and fasting. So sudden and exciting was this thought that I determined to follow it through to whatever conclusion could logically be reached.

Fresh Light of Healing
February 5, 1972

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