40-Day Prayer Challenge // Day 36
“Pray that you may not enter into temptation” (Luke 22:40).
During the celebration of the Passover meal in Luke 22, Jesus distributed the elements and gave thanks: And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them … (Luke 22:19).
When Jesus expressed two unknown prayers of gratitude, He launched a celebration of His death, burial, and resurrection that continues in His church to this day. There is no record of the language or content of these two prayers, but no communion service is ever complete without the expression of His spirit of gratitude.
Following the meal, Jesus warned Simon Peter of the spiritual warfare coming his way, but assured him, “but I have prayed for you” (Luke 22:32).
Day 11 of the 40-Day Prayer Challenge covered this powerful passage. In spiritual warfare, nothing surprises Jesus. He knows the schemes of the enemy. Prayer serves as your night vision goggles to enable you to see what Jesus sees before it comes your way. Jesus is praying for you – don’t be tempted to believe anything less. What looks like the end of all things may be the beginning of a new thing.
These expressions of prayer reveal there was nothing too small or too great for Jesus to place before His Father. When you pray, remember the Father’s provision and the Son’s intercession, and the Spirit will fill you with His attitude of gratitude.
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Jesus saturated His life with prayer, living in a climate of consistent companionship, connection, and communication with His Father. In the relentless fight against the enemy’s temptation, He invited His disciples to prepare themselves for an impending attack. The disciples settled for sleep. Jesus prayed. Don’t settle. PRAY.
Easter Challenge: With only four days until Easter, can you sense the spiritual warfare? It is not your imagination. Satan hates Easter because it reminds him of his most humiliating defeat. Since he cannot stop the church from celebrating it, he tempts them to forget the meaning of it. Don’t lose Jesus in the tall grass of an egg hunt, or on the Cross, or in the tomb. Jesus is not hidden, dead, or buried. He has risen. Don’t be tempted to believe the Cross was the worst thing that could have ever happened. Looks can be deceiving. The message of Easter: death precedes life.
Prayer for the Day: Father, thank you for allowing me to bring everything to You in prayer. Forgive me for the times I have been prayerless and fallen for Satan’s temptation to believe everything is falling apart, when You are actually bringing everything together. I place my ONE in Your hands, and intercede for them to come to know Your Son as Savior. By Your Spirit and in the name of Jesus, I pray. AMEN
The greatest tragedy in life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer. —F. B. Meyer