Today is not the last day of your prayer journey, but it is the culmination of 40 Days of Prayer devoted to learning more about prayer and diving deeper into the prayer that our Lord taught us to pray. I hope it has been a challenging and fruitful journey. It has helped establish a new daily habit of prayer for some of you, and for that, I am extremely thankful. For others, you may still be struggling with prayer. Don’t be discouraged. If there is one activity, the enemy will try to disrupt, attack, and diminish; it will be your personal prayer life. Your communication with your Heavenly Father is one of the greatest threats to his ability to trip you up and drag you down. When you pray the Lord’s prayer, you are inviting God to meet your deepest needs, your physical needs, and to help you overcome the traps of the evil one. Don’t expect it to be easy and challenge-free. That just isn’t the way our enemy works. It was “easy” when you were not praying because the devil didn’t have anything to disrupt because you were already doing (or not doing) what he wants.
So on this last day of our 40 Days, I want to encourage you to keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t be surprised if there are times you feel like you are simply talking to the ceiling (or the floor, depending on your posture for prayer). You are not just speaking words into the atmosphere. When you pray, you are addressing your Heavenly Father. You are praying for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done in your life and the lives of others. You are praying for God to meet your physical and spiritual needs. You are praying for God’s ongoing work of saving and forgiving in your life. You are praying that God would make you want to forgive others as much as you seek forgiveness for your sins. You are praying that God would steer you away from temptation and deliver you from the evil one. These are not small things. That is why Jesus included them in the prayer He wants us to pray for ourselves and others. So keep going. Keep learning. Keep leaning in. Keep communicating a message to your Heavenly Father.
I am honored that you have taken the time to develop the habit of daily prayer. If there is a story about your journey that you would like to share with me, please do so by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear your story.
And let us end our 40 Days of Prayer the way we started:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
as we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. AMEN!