Today is the last day of prayer and fasting at Victory Christian Fellowship. I could almost hear the excitement in church tonight as we gather together to pray for the last prayer item for the week: personal breakthroughs. We prayed for the youth and the campuses on Day 1, for families on Day 2, World Missions on Day 4, the Philippines on Day 5, the church on Day 6, and tonight, we will be praying for ourselves. What a great way to conclude our week-long concerted prayer.
There’s this one bit of cloud hanging above my head though: Did I pray enough? For those of you who felt that you DID pray enough, you don’t need to continue reading. But if you were one of those who had to squeeze in your prayer time to your busy schedule, I have word for you:
Because even if you didn’t devote your full seven days to extended, gut-wrenching, agonizing prayer, your being consciously aware of the presence of God for seven straight days was great enough. How many times did you say no to temptation and sin this week just because you were acutely aware that you were supposed to be in prayer mode? How many times did you hold yourself in check because you just can’t get into anything wrong at the moment?
For what it’s worth, it’s still victory. And that’s worth celebrating about. All you need to do is try to keep that awareness of God everyday as you go through your usual business. If you were able to do it in the past seven days, maybe you can do it for the rest of the year.