Back when I had some older video game systems and older computers, I would love playing games of conquest. One particular game called Cid Meier's Civilization, evaporated a lot of my time when I was in my early twenties. I could sit and play this game for hours trying to figure out how to rule the world. I would try to create the most powerful army, collect the most gold, and race my way to being the most intelligent civilization. There is just something alluring about power, wealth, and wisdom.
In the Bible, there is a book written by the Disciple Matthew. Matthew walked with Jesus. In his writings he records a time when Jesus talks about how we should pray. This is what He says in Chapter 6:
9 In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
When I look at this prayer, I don't see any room for me to be seeking power, our Father already has it. There is only one hallowed name, and our Father already owns it. When I look at this prayer, I notice that there is only one King, and our Father has always reigned and will always reign. When I look at this prayer, I notice that my wants are not included, our Father is the provider of our daily needs. When I look at this prayer, I realize that I am a sinner and our Father is the Savior. When I look at this prayer, I realize that I am not exempt from being tempted and our Father is the Deliverer. It is His Kingdom, His power, His glory. And yet for some unimaginable reason...He has offered us a chance to be His children.
I have a couple challenges for you to embark on during the next 45 days. The first challenge I have for you is to read and pray the Lord's Prayer found here in Matthew 6:9-13 every day. The second challenge I have for you is to exchange something in your life for additional time with God everyday. This exchange is called a "fast". You could give up food. You could give up coffee. You could give up Instagram. You could give up TV. Our family is giving up Netflix, Prime, and Youtube. There is probably something in your life that you could sacrifice during these 45 days so that you can grow deeper in love with Jesus.
Now go and grow,