Thursday, August 13, 2015

What Good is Prayer and Fasting?

I hear it all the time. “I prayed really hard, and STILL God
didn’t answer my prayer.” This sense of frustration is common especially during
times of serious illness and death of our loved ones. The Gospel tells of just
this sense of frustration in the father who had a son so ill that even the
Apostles couldn’t heal him, and Jesus said, “This kind does not go out except
by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17.21) What was Jesus talking about?

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