The doctor says that you have to fast in order to get your MRI or Upper or Lower GI done and you do it begrudgingly, but in order to rule out anything that may be negative or detrimental to your health, you grit it out and bear the emptying out of yourself.
Now Jesus tells you “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21), but now it don’t take all of that.
It may only be conjecture on my part, however, I would say that if despair and hopelessness goes out, then peace and blessings come in – Safe to assume the door swings both ways?
No wonder He said, “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matthew 17:20)
God is asking, “Won’t you empty yourself for me, and for your own soul and spirit well-being?”
Some get distraught when the Pastor issues a corporate fast and some become downright furious. Depending on the level of fight you have inside of you and the battle that you are facing, will determine whether or not you will head the diagnosis of The Great Physician, and receive the prognosis of how best to live a healthy life.
“Ask any racer. Any real racer. It don’t matter if you win (life) by an inch or a mile. Winning’s winning.”