Midweek Morsel: A Prayer for Finishing Strong

Do you know someone trying to finish a project or reach a goal? Our son-in-law Jake will graduate from law school in May. As we said goodbye during our last visit, I encouraged him to finish strong, knowing how “senioritis” can affect any of us attempting to pound out the last stages of a project.

Maybe you’re in the trying-to-finish category yourself right now. I know I am. Remember, my theme word this year is finish. My goal is completion of my book and also pursuing publication. As I worked on writing the last chapter, senioritis set in—not for long, mind you, because so much remains to be done with editing, platform building, finding an agent, etc. But I had to battle the desire to let up nonetheless.

Join me, won’t you, in a prayer for all who are trying to finish strong:

Dear Lord, you are a finisher. You came to earth with a task to do, and you completed it. You are also busy completing the good works you began in each of us. Help us, Lord, as we push on to finish the tasks you’ve set before us.

Help us to not grow weary or distracted or discouraged. Please grant us the energy, the drive, and the skill needed to finish strong. And help us remember, Lord, to offer thanks and give you glory as we cross our finish lines. We need you, Lord, and can’t do it without you. Thank you for your help!

“As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51

*Are you trying to finish something right now?

*Flickr photo by familymwr

*Be sure to check out my Dad’s guest post if you missed it!


  1. I know you will finish strong, Cheryl. When you have time, I’d love to hear more about your work project! You are so faithful to God through your pen. Keep to it.


  2. How timely! Life of a Steward’s devotion this morning was on how Jesus was a finisher. Between it and this post, I’m both convicted and inspired. Mostly inspired. :) Blessings!

  3. Elaine, thanks so much for your encouragement and support. Appreciate you so much!

    And Cathy, so neat how God brought the same message to you through different avenues today. I love it when He does that!

  4. Now that I’ve passed the 65 year old goal post, I am mindful (again) of how easy it is to lose focus. I do want to finish strong, but far too often I fritter away time & opportunities. So glad to have a reminder!

  5. “Help us to not grow weary or distracted or discouraged. Please grant us the energy, the drive, and the skill needed to finish strong.”
    I am going to add these lines to my daily prayers. So apt for me right now. I pray you can put the finishing editing touches on your book, Cheryl, and make giant strides along your road to publication.
    Best wishes,

  6. Kathleen, it’s so easy to get distracted, isn’t it?

    And Mairead, what a blessing to hear that this prayer hits the spot for you right now, too, and that you’ll be adding parts of it to your own daily prayers. I so appreciate your best wishes for my writing and publication efforts and offer the very same to you!

  7. Cheryl, we will dutifully pray in agreement with you for all of those attempting to “finish strong.”

  8. Thank you for visiting and praying, folks at Prayer Request!

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