For those of you participating in our church’s Read. Pray. Fast. 21 Days.—you are at the final day! You have likely had some successes and some failures—but the main takeaway from this time is that you learned much about yourself and your relationship with Christ.
First, continue in the habits you developed during your RPF21! In all likelihood, you recognized some of the idols you’ve erected in your life. You are more aware of areas and habits that you thought were crucial in your life are really trivial. You realize how these areas can turn into an item of worship (I have to have that cup of coffee/watch that TV show/log on to Facebook, etc.). So continue on in investigating areas that hinder your walk with Christ—and invest in areas that help it along (Scripture reading, prayer, maybe fasting for another important time in your life or in the life of the church).
Second, beware the rubber band syndrome. When a rubber band is stretched too far, it either breaks or it snaps back to it’s original form. The 22nd day from beginning RPF21 could very well be the rubber band syndrome. You break or you snap and go back to the old habits—and the old self. If you are thinking, “Great, I can now get some coffee!!!” (if you fasted from caffeine), then your motives and the takeaway from this fast may have been more of a personal goal than a pursuit of Christ. “Oh, now I can get on Facebook!” (if that was your goal). If you are ready to get back to wasting time, you’ve missed the mark. If you are ready to reconnect with folks who need to be strengthened in Christ or have Christ shared with them, then you can use FB in a redemptive fashion. You understood the purpose.
Third, you now know the value of RPFing (reading, praying, fasting). When a prayerwalk, survey or service in our community, or a big day (Easter, etc.) comes us, will you join me in an abbreviated (at least by 21 days’ standards) RPFing so we can get out of the way and be of ultimate use to God as His Spirit moves in those for whom we are praying?
Fourth, understand we have and are engaging in spiritual warfare. The devil wants us comfortable, and anything he can do to keep us from pursuing Christ more fully and deeply, he will do it—subtly as ever. First John 4:1 says:
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. [2 ] By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, [3 ] and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
(1 John 4:1-3 ESV)
Read John 21.
Pray for yourself and the three for whom you are praying to know Jesus.
Fast to disconnect from the world.
Journal your journey.