Day 12 – Run!

For those of you who started on January 3, we are now more than halfway through the Daniel Fast. Others of you are just getting started. What an exciting journey we’re on together!

This morning I’ve been thinking about what I need to do to make the second half of this fast more effective than the first. One goal I have is to pray more, just to get alone with God. I pray that this devotional encourages you to do the same.

Running isn’t something that comes natural to me. I definitely wouldn’t call myself “a runner,” although I did compete in a few races in junior high track.

As soon as the starting gun was fired, I would go full throttle, running as fast as my little legs would take me. In shorter races, such an all-out sprint would work great. However, when it came to the longer distances, I couldn’t maintain that explosive pace and would often fizzle out before crossing the finish line. I didn’t know anything about running skills or technique. I just gave 100% every time.

If you’re doing the Daniel Fast, you’re running a race right now. You may be in the starting block, gearing up for 21 days of focused time with the Lord. Or, perhaps you started your fast run a week or two ago, full of energy, enthusiasm, and excitement. Now, though, your pace is beginning to slow, and you’re thinking about doing the 100-meter instead of the mile.

Don’t give up! Don’t grow weary! Don’t lose heart! Remember, the Lord has called you to this fast, and He will sustain you. He promises in Isaiah 40:31 that “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Now is not the time to let up on your fast. Now is the time to refuel, refocus, and recharge! Whatever you need to do to spend more time with the Lord in prayer, do it. Adjust your schedule to make it happen. Be encouraged by Paul’s words in Hebrews 12:1 as you seek the Lord: “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Don’t make excuses or allow yourself to become distracted. This race is far too important.

Give this time of prayer and fasting your all, so that when you cross the finish line you can declare, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).” That’s the kind of running that pleases the Lord. That’s the kind of running that wins.