The pastor pointed Janet to a passage of scripture, Matthew 17:14-21 . The story is about a man who came to Jesus on behalf of his epileptic son who was possessed with a demon. The man had taken his son to the disciples for healing. The disciples were unable to cast the demon out despite their efforts. Frustrated, Jesus says, “Bring him (the boy) to me.” Then he cures the boy. The disciples ask Jesus why they were unsuccessful. Jesus tells them it was because of their unbelief and that THIS KIND does not go out except with fasting and prayer.
The pastor asked Janet, “Have you been fasting and praying? Do you believe God could heal your marriage?”
Janet was a little taken aback. She was so angry with her husband, she had not prayed or believed reconciliation was possible. She certainly didn’t fast. Yet, the phrase, THIS KIND, was meant for difficult situations like her marriage. Thus, Janet decided to try a spiritual solution and fast and pray. In a month, she saw a miraculous turn around in her marriage.
Be encouraged by Janet’s situation. If you are in a difficult marriage perhaps prayer and fasting is needed. Maybe THIS KIND of marriage needs earnest spiritual attention.
Try God before you give up! The power of prayer and fasting may surprise you.