40 Days of Prayer


Think of the significance of the number 40 in the Bible.  40 days and nights at the flood. Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness before leading the Children of Israel out of Egypt. Moses was on Sinai for 40 days. He interceded for Israel for 40 days. The Israelite spies were in Canaan for 40 days. Goliath taunted Saul's army for 40 days before David got there. And there's more in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days in the wilderness. There was 40 days between his resurrection and ascension back to heaven. 

It would seem that the number 40 has significance in the Bible, yet the number itself has nothing directly attributed to it. We might surmise then that the number 40 is used to emphasize a spiritual truth. That truth, though not directly stated, could be an emphasis on our relationship with God. For in every instance, the relationship between God and humanity is at some level tested. 

DAY 1 - January 2

READ: Hebrews 13:6, Psalm 27:1, Exodus 14:13
PRAY FOR: 2020 was a year of fear. Today pray for the POWER of Jesus to take hold in your life, and to over come fear of external things.

DAY 2 - January 3

READ: Luke 12:22-32
PRAY FOR: Those who have lost their jobs, are needing work. Those are hurting emotionally and physically.

DAY 3 - January 4

READ: Psalm 126:1-6
PRAY FOR: So many are hurting because they have lost loved ones, perhaps because of COVID, perhaps other illness, whatever the reason, let's pray for our friends, family, and acquaintances that we know are hurting today. Pray for those in the community who are mourning as well.

DAY 4 - January 5

READ: Deuteronomy 41:6, Psalm 9:9; John 14:26-27
PRAY FOR: The number of abused people has increased drastically over the past year due to quarantine, and more people working from home. Some of these folk's only safe haven was to go to work or school. Today, pray for those who may be struggling in their situation in life. Pray for their peace, their safety, and their deliverance.

DAY 5 - January 6

READ: Psalm 43:5; Romans 8:24-25
PRAY FOR: Someone, somewhere is discouraged. It happens to all of us at some point or another. Pray for those that are discouraged today. Are you discouraged? Well take courage, because Jesus is the encourager. He is the sustainer. Pray for those that are frustrated. Pray for those that are depressed. Pray for a better day for yourself, and someone you know.

DAY 6 - January 7

READ: 2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 9:9; Philippians 4:6
PRAY FOR: Not only are so many dealing with COVID right now, there is also cancer, stroke, heart attack, kidney failure... Do you know someone that is struggling with an illness today? Why not pray for that person (persons) right now. And then, when you're finished praying, give them a call, and pray with them. It might encourage them in their situation! (see yesterday)

DAY 7 - January 8

READ: Proverbs 18:24; Psalm 102:1-2; Psalm 23
PRAY FOR: Those who are lonely. Sometimes we just feel like we're the only one there. Sometimes, it feels like no one else understands. That can be a dark place. If you're there now, call your pastor. He will listen. And he's ready to pray with you (it's true--because I'm writing this--Pastor Ben). Don't go through it alone. Jesus is there. And your pastor is willing to be there. And you have friends too. We're praying for you. AND, let's pray for those struggling with lonely feelings we don't know about. Jesus does know about them. And He will help!

DAY 8 - January 9

READ: Psalm 119:153-160; Psalm 18; Hebrews 10:21-25
PRAY FOR: People not attending church. It has been real easy over the past 8 months to because comfortable worshipping at home. But while you can get a good sermon and Bible study from YouTube and Facebook Live, you can't replace the personal interaction of fellowship with other believers. Pray for those that are still afraid to come back. Pray for those who want to come back but don't want to take a chance with COVID. Pray for someone you could invite to join you in church next weekend.

DAY 9 - January 10

READ: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Psalm 37:4
PRAY FOR: Was there a time you felt unloved? Is there someone else in your sphere of influence that could be feeling that way? Often times we won't notice. Let's pray today that God will lead us into the right spot to be able to show His love to someone who is hurting.

DAY 10 - January 11

READ: Mark 9:23, Hebrews 11:1; Romans 5:1-5
PRAY FOR: Many of our church family members are hurting. We need to be lifting each other up in prayer. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." (NKJV)

DAY 11 - January 12

READ: Psalm 34:18, James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 5:7
PRAY FOR: It's not just church members who are struggling and hurting. There are people in our community who are hurting as well. Let us pray today that God will touch their life in someway, and use us as a connector to a family of faith in the church. 

DAY 12 - January 13

READ: Proverbs 14:29; Ephesians 4:26-27; Romans 12:19-21
PRAY FOR: Do you know someone who has not made a decision for Jesus? Is there someone in your circle of friends that you would like to see God do something special for? Pray for them today. Pray for their salvation. Pray for their health. Pray for their well-being. And then pray that God will use you to connect them with His church.

DAY 13, January 14

READ: Psalm 139, Ephesians 6:10-20; Habakkuk 3:19
PRAY FOR: Our upcoming evangelistic prophecy seminar. People feel like something big is going to happen in the world. Beginning praying now that there will be open minds and receptive hearts for our meetings when they begin in February.

DAY 14, January 15

READ: Matthew 6:25-33, John 14:1; Romans 8:37-38
PRAY FOR: Pastor Ben as he is writing messages and updating study guides for the upcoming prophecy seminar. Pray that God will use him in a mighty way to bring hope to our community, and that there will be souls won to Jesus as a result.

DAY 15, January 16

READ: John 14:12-18; Romans 15:13-14; Isaiah 41:10
PRAY FOR: We have members at SAF that we haven't seen or heard from in some time. It's time to reach out to them and invite them home. Let's begin by praying for them. We don't know their immediate needs or circumstances, but we can desire their good, their health, and their faith in Jesus.

DAY 16, January 17

READ: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 91; Psalm 29
PRAY FOR: Make today's a prayer a prayer of Thanksgiving. Thank God for life, health, friends, family, church. Thank Him for everything. Spend some quality time expressing your thankfulness to Him.

DAY 17, January 18

READ: Romans 12; Matthew 17:20; Psalm 57
1. Give Thanks
2. Our Church Families
3. Church Growth
4. Upcoming Prophecy Seminar

DAY 18, January 19

READ: 1 John 1; Psalm 34:7-10
1. Give Thanks
2. Those battling COVID-19
3. Ask God to show you how you can be more involved and effective in spreading His word.

DAY 19, January 20

READ: Ephesians 1:3-14; Micah 6:8
1. Give Thanks
2. Those battling COVID-19
3. Pray to be able to show more grace. Pray that you might be a more forgiving person, and our church a more forgiving, grace giving, church.




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