Last week the Lord asked me to fast for 40 days. I told Him, that for me, this was impossible. Here’s how our conversation went:
Child, are you willing to fast for 40 days?
Now Lord, You know I’m not capable of fasting for 40 days.
I asked if you were willing to fast. Specifically, do you want to gain self-control and become closer to Me?
Yes Lord, I do.
Then give Me 40 days.
Now Lord, I can’t go without eating for 40 days. Surely You know this. After all, I only know of two people who did this, Moses and Jesus. There may have been others, but I don’t know about them. What You are asking of me is impossible.
But I want your complete surrender for 40 days.
Child, no desserts.
Oh Lord. Surely, You know how much I love my desserts. I can’t do this.
Child, do you believe in Me?
Do you believe I can do all things?
Do you believe I can heal?
Do you believe I can deliver you?
Yes Lord, I do. Lord, what do You want from me?
Then what are you willing to give up in exchange? Everything has a price, so what are you willing to give? Are you willing to give up half your food? Are you willing to give up your desserts? This is the fast I am calling you to. So, are you willing?
Lord help me. Lord, help my unbelief. In fact I can’t do this without You.
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NKJV
“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose–I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]” Philippians 4:13 AMP