Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Today marks the first day of the third week of our 21 day fast. Some people are sighing in relief. Some are realizing it get’s just a little tougher during this week. And some are realizing that Galatians is right on the mark. What we’ve been talking about the last two weeks is giving God control, and this week is no different. When it get’s tough this week, it’s a good time to start praying and give the time to God.
In Daniel 10, he was praying and fasting for 21 days. At the end of that time period, the angel with the message made it through the barricade that he had been fighting. But the angel told Daniel, “and I have come because of your words.” Imagine if Daniel had stopped after 14 days. What if he gave up? He wouldn’t have gotten the warning about the latter days. The message wouldn’t have gotten through the barricade of the “kings of Persia.” It was of utmost importance that Daniel withstand the urge to give up. Yes, it’s a real urge. You’ve probably got cravings, and you probably have times you get hungry. Pray! God will uphold you. (Ref: Matthew 4:4 (NIV))
On the last day of this fast (and also when you come to the end), let this be true for you!
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)
Lord, today we start the last week of our 21 day fast. I pray that I won’t grow weary this week. Give me strength to make it through to the end. In this home stretch, I pray that You would sustain me when I’m weak. Give me sustenance when I’m hungry. Fortify my mind when I want to quit. And at the end Lord, I believe You will be true to Your word, and I will reap a harvest. In Jesus’ name, amen.