As we come to the end of our 40-day period of prayer, let us not close the Book or lock the doors of our prayer closets. In his writings to the ancient church in Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul gives instructions for the standard conduct expected of those who follow Jesus,
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
While it is always appropriate for churches and groups of Jesus followers to issue a call to corporate or special prayer anytime, everyone who follows Jesus is expected to have a heart and mind attuned to prayer at all times, ever-ready to offer petitions for others and for God’s work in general. Paul further instructs that this readiness should be accompanied by a joyful countenance and heart filled with thanksgiving in every life situation, knowing that such attitudes please God and demonstrate submission to His will.
Having fulfilled the 40-days of prayer, extend the streak for countless days on end, allowing the Lord to fill you with His joy! Then, with thanksgiving, keep those you love and all the circumstances of life lifted up in prayer, knowing God cares and He will answer!
As you maintain the daily discipline of prayer, keep your eyes open for a special series of Lenten posts coming soon! The Lord be with you all!
Your Brother in the Lord,Sam