Day 6: Make Up Your Mind
Time spent in fasting and prayer builds confidence and helps you develop the determination necessary to run your race with endurance. We all have need of endurance! For many years now I’ve enjoyed running. It has a two-fold purpose for me. Running is a stress reliever, but it is also an opportunity for me to spend time in prayer. And I’ve learned a few secrets about going for a successful run through the years. One of them is to make up my mind before I start exactly how far I’m going to run. If I don’t take that important step, my body will quickly decide that the run is over and not take any more steps. You cannot prepare to run a marathon after the gun has fired and the race has begun. You prepare for months, running a little further each time, conditioning your body to go the distance.
In the same way, fasting and prayer prepare and condition your spirit to go the distance in life’s battles. Whether you are considering a fast that lasts one day or several days, the only way to know that you can succeed is to make up your mind—determine in advance—that you will succeed, remaining faithful for the full length of the fast. Numerous people have told me how amazed they were by the grace they experienced several days into a lengthy fast.
As the writer of Hebrews encourages, “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Heb. 10:35–36). I want to endure. I want to do the will of God. I want the promise! Fasting and prayer prepare and condition your spirit to go the distance in life’s battles. Remember, fasting is not a requirement—it is a choice. Fasting does not make you better than anyone else, nor does it make you some kind of religious freak. Choosing to fast is the choice to separate yourself from the routines of life and wait upon the Lord with greater intensity, seeking His face and His presence in a deeper way. I have learned that one of the keys to a successful fast is to make up your mind how long you are going to fast before you begin and what you are going fast. Make a plan, write it down and stick to it.January 11, 2013 | Permalink