By Pastor Christine (February 2, 2021)
How many times can you recall starting a project or a goal with exuberance and promise, only to be derailed by discouragement at some point during the process? At that point of fatigue or obstacle, you can easily disregard everything you have worked towards, all your efforts made, and be willing to let go of the reward at the end. Examples that come to mind are in the areas of losing weight, learning a new skill, starting a business, reading your Bible, getting organized, etc.
Just as important as an enthusiastic start is a disciplined finish.
We are now in the final week of the fast, and there will be moments when you want to quit because you’ve “made it far enough,” and the thought of doing any more doesn’t seem worth the perseverance required to reach the finish line.
It’s in that moment that you need to come back to your “why.” Sometimes to meet our goals ahead, we must look back to beginning, and come back to our original “why.”
Fitness experts will often encourage people to remember your “why” when they are partially through an exercise program: why they decided to begin exercising in the first place. Was it to lose weight, to strengthen their body from an injury, for their mental health, or for another reason? When a person remembers why they started on the path towards physical fitness, it helps to fuel their drive to continue towards their goal.
What was your “why” during this season of prayer and fasting? Was it intimacy with God? Are you contending for a miracle? Are you believing for breakthrough, healing, salvation, provision, or something else? Remember why you started in the first place and let that propel you through to finish well at the end of this week.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul sets an example for us by saying, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 3:14).
Today I want to encourage you to press on, persevere, and give it all you’ve got. Don’t let discouragement and fatigue keep you from reaching the finish line and pressing through adversity for your breakthrough![PRAYER]
Father, today I ask for your strength to persevere through fatigue and adversity. I thank you that your mercies are new every morning. I remember my “why” and I am declaring with faith and boldness today that my breakthrough is coming, in the name of Jesus!