I was inspired by a post I saw on the Leeds ASC Instagram page. It was a challenge actually, it went something like this:
Write down an impossible prayer request
Now read Luke 1:37, write that underneath
Now read Luke 1:38b write that underneath
So I did it, I wrote down my impossible prayer requests and the following notes are excerpts from the journalling journey God took me on from there.
What makes impossible things impossible?
Is it the fact that they haven’t been done before?
Is it the fact that there’s a limit to my human imagination?
Or is it the fact that I don’t believe it can be done?
Maybe it’s a combination of the above? or something else?
Let’s take a look at this story. Imagine this:
Mary, a young woman who’s also a virgin Mary, has just been told she’s going to get pregnant with the Holy Spirit. First of all if anything sounds impossible it’s that. We both know I don’t even need to get into the details of why!
She’s not only now pregnant by supernatural means but also engaged to be married to a man who has absolutely no idea!
How could she be pregnant before she’s married?
The whole thing is so crazy that no one would believe her, probably not even her own fiancé.
There’s no blueprint, instruction book or manual for this type of thing as no one has ever gone through it before.
The angels last words to Mary are:
“For with God nothing will be impossible.””Luke 1:37
What is she going to do about it? What would you do about it?
“Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38
I don’t know about you, but what stands out to me the most is Mary’s faith. Her obvious, unwavering, steadfast faith. The faith that says “this hasn’t even happened yet and I have no idea how I’m going to get through it but if it’s of God and He’s with me, it will not be impossible.”
So then what makes something impossible?
Because Mary, by faith, accepted what truly was to man an impossible feat. She recognised that the one thing that makes the impossible possible is not within man but in the One who created man. The One who sees, knows, hears and understands all things. The One who has no limits or boundaries. The story continues,
Mary had two options. Decline the offer or accept it. Be the carrier of the Saviour of the world, or don’t. Declining seemed easier right? But when has walking outside of obedience to God ever produced amazing results?
In verse 38 we see her bold faith in full swing. First Mary declares her willingness to serve. Second she declares over her life, by faith the promises of God.
There is no such thing as impossible for someone who knows God. The variable between impossible and possible is our faith in God’s ability to do the impossible.
I challenge you to take up the Leeds ASC challenge. And secondly I challenge you with me to believe God for the impossible for the rest of 2022. It’s only impossible if you allow your doubts to take centre stage, allow your fears to devour your faith and continue holding your future in your own hands.
Give your impossible to God and watch Him turn it into I’m possible.
What is one thing you genuinely believe is impossible for God? Share in the comments below, let’s take it to Him in prayer and put Him to the test.