Matthew 17:19 (NKJV) Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief;[d] for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”[e]

As people of God, we are constantly in danger from the enemy. Our love for Jesus is a threat to all of hell and we cannot undertake any holy work without encountering all kinds of snares set for us by Satan. When I look in the culture of today’s Church, marriages are visibly under siege Everywhere I turn in various churches, couples are breaking up, It’s a literal plague in the Body of Christ right now. Marriages represent family and before God created the Church he created family (Gen 2:23-24) I hear every kind of reason given for the turmoil in Christian homes: incompatibility, lack of communication, loss of affection, infidelity. But in truth, it is much more than that. Behind it all is an attack from the Gates of hell family of God (Ephesians 6:12).

The cause of broken homes among non-believers is no mystery. Yet among the righteousness of God, all such turmoil has a cause. Think about it. How can dedicated Christians who have sat under godly preaching for years suddenly have no authority in their homes? They know full well God’s covenant oath to be their strength. They know the Lord promises to destroy every satanic power that comes against them. So, why is the devil prevailing? Why is their marriage under constant threat? I believe it is because at least one partner has opened the door to a satanic delusion. Perhaps they both have allowed some compromise in their lives, or they have become spiritually lethargic. And now an enraged devil has gained a stronghold in their hearts and home.

If you are under such an attack, you should be asking what the disciples asked: “Master, why could we not cast out those demons?” Jesus answered that certain demonic bondages will not respond to the laying on of hands or a halfhearted, one-time prayer. Such strongholds are so deeply entrenched that the only way to cast them out is by sustained prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). Yet the Church today is in a stupor regarding the power of prayer. A veil has fallen over the eyes of millions. And now, whenever they face trouble, the last place they turn is to Jesus. They abandon the secret closet and, instead, turn to psychology, counselors, books, friends, everywhere but to the Lord. (Somebody knows I am right today)

If you say your marriage is a wreck and you want it healed, I wonder how much time you spend shut in with God. How many times have you turned off your television for an hour just to sit before Jesus and unburden your soul? How many meals have you missed so you could fast for your marriage? “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). If you are a praying family keep it up and if you are not, start today; your family, your church, our World is depending on you!!!

For His Kingdom,

Pastor James Baker

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