Find Your Joy in the Lord

“In your presence there is fullness of joy.” – Psalm 16:11, ESV

I wanted to finish my Daniel Fast strong, much like a runner sprints toward the finish line of a big race. However, Days 20-21 were more like trudging through a dark valley rather than an enjoying an exhilarating mountaintop experience. I got sick and wasn’t able to spend much time in prayer.

Two days after my fast, I’m still struggling to get over this cold. Yet, the Lord reminded me that even when I don’t feel well physically, I can still rejoice in Him. He has blessed me in countless ways! I have many reasons to be thankful. So today, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I’m going to focus on praising Him.

If your Daniel Fast didn’t end as you’d hoped or perhaps you struggled the entire three weeks, don’t despair. Whatever your situation, know that the Lord was honored by your commitment to seek Him. Remember, fasting isn’t about what we do or how well we do it. In fact, it’s not about us at all. Instead, it’s a sacred time of setting our minds and hearts on the Lord and praying for His will to be done.

Just because your fast is completed doesn’t mean that it’s over. God is still working in response to your prayers. Take time today to celebrate the good things He has done and all that He’s going to do. Let the Lord replace your sadness with fullness of joy as you spend time in His presence.