Week Five – Day 4

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TODAY’S FAST – Fast from All Junk Foods, Desserts, Sweets, and Sodas

Devotional:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.   Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.  Well, I do not run aimlessly, I do not box as one beating the air; but I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”

I wonder sometimes what happens when a marathon runner feels tired near the end of the race.   Or what about in the middle?  How do they find that drive within that keeps them running until they see the finish line?

Our forty-day journey is a bit like a marathon.  There will be days when the fast may be easy for us.  And then there will be days when we want to quit, thinking, “I know I am not going to make it to the end, so why bother doing it at all!”

Paul reminds us that just like a marathon race where the course is set out and people do not simply run aimlessly for 26.2 miles, our journey has its course as well.  We are seeking to come closer to Christ by imitating Him.  He gave up the glories of eternity to live a human life and finally to suffer a human death – all for you and me!  He ran that race and won the greatest prize of all – the salvation of the world.  The finish line we seek is not one in which we receive a medal around our neck, but eternity with the Lord.

If we find a day in which the fast is hard, we need only to remember the finish line, and surely we can find what we need to complete the race!

Prayer Focus:

Pray that God would direct your life’s steps.  Pray that you would run after Him with great purpose and meaning.  Pray that your life’s race will bring glory to Him.

Key Scripture:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”       –1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NIV

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