Most of us have started The 40 with high expectations, however, now the real work begins. The day to day living it out can be hard since we must constantly seek to overrule our flesh and give ourselves to the Lord. Now is the time to encourage ourselves in The Lord the benefits of keeping The 40 and continuing to walk with Holy Spirit in spite of what our bodies might be telling us.
Prayer and fasting gives us the power to accomplish the “impossible”. Of course, we know that “nothing shall be impossible with God”, yet we still live our lives with “impossible” situations which do not seem to respond to us. Jesus’ disciples had this same problem while He was on the mount being transfigured. A man whose son is assaulted by demons asks for their help. Though they try, they can do nothing about it. When Jesus returns, He easily casts out the demons and heals the boy. He does not seem to be impressed with His disciples’ efforts either. The disciples come to Him and ask why they could not do the same. This is His response:
Matthew 17:20 “Because of your unbelief; 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.
We do not know what was going on in the disciples’ minds, but Jesus did not ever shy away from directly addressing what people said in their hearts. I believe the disciples did not see a response and had blamed it on not having enough faith. Jesus directly confronts this with The Kingdom Truth that the smallest amount of faith can do the mightiest things in His Kingdom. They had let doubt creep in and this kept them from pressing in to see transformation take place. Then, Jesus says something else interesting that some translations completely leave out.
Matthew 7:21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
What kind is Jesus talking about? Some would say demons, but I think He is talking about the unbelief. Unbelief is a pesky little problem that constantly assaults our media-driven culture. If we cannot see or hear something happening, it is quite hard for us to believe. We can never see the shifting in the heavens when our eyes are on worldly circumstances.
If unbelief keeps us back from doing mighty work in The Kingdom, we should be quick to follow Jesus’ cure for it, prayer and fasting. This dynamite duo is able to demolish and disintegrate the demonic unbelief that has built up in our lives. Through a lifestyle of repentance, humility, prayer, and fasting we are able to say, “God I trust You to take care of the unseen as I partner with You in the physical. I need you to do the “impossible” work of overcoming these spiritual obstacles in me while I do the possible work, with Your help, of repentance, prayer and fasting.”
Jesus, help me to know that you have given me a measure of faith. This faith has the power to overcome every seemingly impossible thing in my life and those around me. Help me to join with you in prayer and fasting that all unbelief within me will be destroyed and Your mountain-moving faith will be displayed in me for all to come and glorify You.
- Ask Holy Spirit to reveal the things in your life and around you that you have labeled as impossible
- Pray that every ounce of unbelief is removed from your life
- Participate with Him in doing the impossible whatever He shows you to do
Be blessed with the power to remove all doubt and do the impossible as you walk with God in obedience and humility. May this accelerate The Kingdom in and through your life!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!