Forty days can seem like a lifetime when you measure it in terms of daily deprivation.
No matter how noble or right the cause, to go forty-days without something you like, crave, and even need can become wearying and demoralizing.
Over the years of participating in an annual 40-days of prayer and fasting I’ve notice this reality, both in my own life and in the lives of fellow fasters.
But remember, that is what fasting is partly about. Learning to endure, learning to bring your body under subjection, learning to deny yourself so that you can achieve and receive greater things.
If it was easy everyone one would do it. Everyone is not doing it, but you are—you’re in an elite group (They’re called Disciples). This is not a cause for pride (Heaven forbid! That would defeat the purpose.), but it is a reason to strengthen yourself in the Lord and recommit to finish well.
- Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, it could not have been easy for you to fast those forty days in preparation for your ministry. Yet you did; you did it for me and the countless others who would hear the Good News and be saved. Now the roles are somewhat reversed; I am doing this for you—in preparation for knowing you better, serving you better, and receiving more fully that “food” which the world knows not of. By your grace, I shall endure.
13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
Matthew 24:13 (NKJV)