The fast is beginning to get real. I would venture to say that most people who have undertaken a complete food fast have not gone past three days. The good news is that it should begin to get easier now. The physically hard part should be over soon if it is not already. A word of wisdom, the spiritually and relationally hard part will probably remain throughout the fast.
The enemy does not want you to go the 40. Temptations will arise. Also, friends and family will inevitably find out and can be your greatest hindrance to completing the fast. While trying to love and take care of you, they will pressure you that it is not healthy to fast, especially 40 days.
My encouragement for you today comes from –
Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Press on and Press In! Jesus Himself laid down his life that you may be completely saved, healed, and delivered. Can you continue to lay down your flesh for the rest of the 40 days?
There is a secret in the 40 day time period that I will share soon, but now you should recognize that Jesus set the example of the 40 before He began His ministry. Press on and press in for the prize of Jesus Christ! Exponential increase will come as you press in past the normal way of life or even past the normal way of fasting. Relationship increase and depth as well as spiritual insight will be continually advanced as we press in to Him.
Jesus is The Reward!!!
Jesus is Worth it!!!
Jesus is the Prize!!!
I also want to encourage you from –
Esther 4:16-17 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” 17 So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.
Here, Esther calls a three day fast of all her people. There were many fasting before this time if you read vs. 3, but this is an intentional time of fasting and praying together.
What was the result of this three day corporate fast?
The government of the day was influenced to overthrow a demonically inspired law and an entire people group were saved. That is the power of the three day fast that we are now advancing past.
Nations and people groups will be changed as you press on and press in to Him.
What transformation can take place in you, your family, your neighborhood, city, and nation as a result of a simple 40 days of fasting and prayer?
Jesus, give me the strength and ability to press on through the struggles that I might press in to knowing Your heart. I desire to see supposedly impossible things and people transformed as I press in to you!!!
Practical – Let Holy Spirit guide your Godly dreaming of what can take place through this 40 day fast.
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!