DAY 4 – You Can Climb This Mountain

Mar 5, 2020

“No one climbs Everest without a mesmerizing motivation of passion.” – Lou Engle

"And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, "Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you." So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God." – 1 Kings 19:7-8

We hope that yesterday’s video from my friend, Dr. Vaughn Lawrence, helped you in preparing for a healthy fast, but many of you may still be wondering how you can even do a 40-day fast. You may be asking, “What kind of fast should I do? How can I do a 40-day fast or any extended fast? How can I climb this 40-day mountain?” 

    Recently, the wife of the young man who helped me write and edit my most recent book, The Fast, had a dream in which they were struggling to climb a mountain that was very difficult and steep. She looked up and saw me above them on the mountain, calling and encouraging them to come up to the top of the mountain. This young man had been feeling a desire to fast. I said to him, “I think the mountain is the Mountain of the Lord. Moses fasted for 40 days on the Mountain of the Lord and Elijah fasted for 40 days on that same mountain. I think the Lord wants you to come up to the Mountain of the Lord and fast for 40 days.” He had just completed his water and juice fast at the time we were finishing the book. God changed his life; he discovered his scroll. The 40-day fast can be done and the rewards are very great.

    As we are at the beginning of our 40-day journey together, you may be daunted by the sheer height of such a climbing endeavor. I understand. Paul boasted that he spoke in tongues “more than all of you” (1 Cor. 14:18). My claim to fame is that I’ve broken more fasts than all of you. It is amazing that the minute you begin to fast, that beautiful pink box of donuts appears at the office and immediately you start thinking, “I’ll start my fast at Noon.”

    For the next few days, we want to help you climb this mountain. First of all, you must understand that fasting must be born and motivated by the Spirit. 

"Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness." – Mark 1:12 

    “I should fast'' or “I need to fast” will never bring about the kind of motivation required to subdue the appetites of the flesh. Legalism and law will not liberate you into the flight of freedom in fasting, they will only bring you under bondage and accusation. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14). The Gospel writer of Mark said that the Spirit of the Lord drove (ekballo’d) Jesus into the wilderness to fast 40 days. It was the impetus of the Spirit that enabled Jesus to overcome the most intense temptations to eat. This is why we write this journal – to create within you an overpowering faith, a divine motivation, and an expectation for an unbelievable breakthrough. In fact, you would not even be reading this journal if God was not leading you by the Holy Spirit. It is our conviction that once again the Spirit that drove Jesus into the wilderness is now driving the Church worldwide into the wilderness of the 40-day fast because a great light is about to dawn.

    Passion is like a mighty river that breaks the dam of our fleshly obstinance to spiritual sacrifice that brings great spiritual reward. When an inward desire to fast begins to overtake you, you can bet that the devil is not tempting you. No, the Spirit of the Lord uses inward desire, the life force of passion, to drive you into a new dimension. Many times there’s a build-up of the force of that river – overwhelming circumstances that nothing can move, an inward desperation for change, dreams and prophecies, even books that get into your hand (like this one) are the voice of the Lord screaming inside of you, “Fast for the unfolding of your new future!”

    As you begin to climb this mountain, do not look at how steep the climb is, but look to the peak of spiritual pleasure that is at the top of that mountain. I would encourage you to ponder and be possessed by the prophecies, dreams, yearnings, and prayer requests that are stronger than the very desire for food. Live this fast under the shadow of a dominating prophecy. At the right hand of God “are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11). Look to the rewards of fasting, not to the temporary reach for Adam’s apple. 

    Take this moment right now to write down a list of what you want and need from God: a friend to be saved, a disease to be healed, a calling to be heard, an addiction to be overcome, a job or career to cross into, a  people group to be won. Set your eyes on things above, not on things below (Col. 3:2), for the joy that was set before Him, Jesus endured the cross (Heb. 12:2). 40 days is not too steep a climb for eternal pleasure, impact, and reward. Let passion be the fire for The Fast!


Lord, we pray that you would release the fire of prophetic passion on the thousands that are fasting. I pray that they would live under the shadow of a dominating prophecy that would so capture them that this fast will become a joy and not a burden. I pray that the joy set before them will release grace to endure the suffering, the Cross, for the reward that is coming, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

1 Comment

  1. Georgia

    I resolved to do this fast – never really done one before but the yearning I have to just press in for more, I decided to do it. However not realizing that devotionals can be found on this web-site I felt somewhat lost in this journey.

    I am not sure what I am doing as a fast considered as a ‘fast.’
    But for me it looks like this;
    *I decided to be purposed NOT to grab food when I think I am hungry but to grab HIM.
    *When I am bored, not to go searching the fridge for something but to search scripture for
    ‘something new.’
    *When I want to rest a little and lay on the couch as my husband watches TV, I decided to go into
    the bedroom and maybe listen to ISN on my phone.

    Well – the busyness of life has kept me from pressing in more [more than I normally do]. I hope not to upset anyone by saying this but, being ‘made’ to stop has been a blessing for me. Thankfully I am still working but all the things I was involved in after work have been canceled, which has allowed me to find all these wonderful devotionals.

    I was disappointed in myself for not following this daily [I am now reading and praying through the past posts]. I was so blessed to watch the FB live prayer time standing against the coronavirus. I have felt, as well, that this ‘virus’ is more than just a physical attack and that it is spiritual. I so appreciate the words someone spoke; people are wanting to be purified [YES].

    Thank you for giving me guidance on this – I am an intercessor – my heart burns that people would understand that because of Jesus we are able to ‘be’ as God has designed us to ‘be.’

    I won’t go on but again – THANK YOU! May God continue to bless you as you lead us [teach us] how to connect ourselves to God; listen [ to hear] and look [to see] and partner with what HE wants to accomplish on earth ‘such a time as this.’

    Side note: On March 6th as I was praying I told God I wanted to be prepared for the anointing HE was going to give me on my birthday. I first was going to say ‘warrior anointing’ but decided that was too arrogant of me to ask. So I asked to be prepared for whatever anointing HE chooses to give to His child. Then I heard in my spirit – Esther Anointing. Oh my goodness, I didn’t know what that meant- but since that day I have been given slivers of understanding “SUCH A TIME AS THIS.”


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