Have you ever heard something that you thought was absolutely impossible? Maybe it was a story on the news of a heroic rescue from a near tragedy or the unimaginable survival of an individual during a dangerous situation. Through this season of prayer and fasting you have heard testimonies of God moving in supernatural ways and you have thought it sounded impossible, even unbelievable.
In Luke 1, we read about the moment Mary, as an unmarried virgin, receives news from an angel that she would bear and give birth to the Son of God. Talk about hearing something that sounded impossible! Unsurprisingly, her initial reaction would be like ours today, “How can this be?” A legitimate question! And in short response, this messenger of God answers, “…nothing will be impossible with God.”
Mary chose to believe God despite what her mind knew to be possible, and it set the stage for the greatest event in history. The reality is that God wants us to believe Him for the impossible because by working supernaturally in our lives He sets the stage to show His power and glory to a watching world.
God will often speak things to our hearts that our minds cannot yet comprehend. Mary did not know how everything would take place; she simply knew it would work out because nothing is impossible with God. Mary did not feel worthy of such a calling, but God is more interested in using people who are willing than those who feel worthy.
First, we need a willingness to hear God speak. Prayer and fasting is an opportunity for us to hear God more clearly. The question is never “Is God speaking?” but always, “What is He saying?” Secondly, we need a willingness to obey what God says. When God speaks to us about what He wants to do, He rarely, if ever, provides the complete plan, but often only gives us the next step. It is our responsibility to take that step He has provided. This is the path to living a life sensing and seeing God work powerfully.
Let’s pray today for God to speak big things into our lives and for faith to believe and obey whatever it is He calls us to. May our response to what the Lord speaks be the same as Mary’s, despite her lack of understanding, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.”
Luke 1:35-38 (NLT)
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. For the word of God will never fail.
Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
Matthew 19:26 (NLT)
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”