40 Days of Prayer

 

There is tremendous power in God’s people praying together
 

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

ALL SCRIPTURE QUOTED IS FROM THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
 
LET’S PRAY TOGETHER:
 

☐ Day 1 – March 30: “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’” (Psalms 46:10a). In our busy daily lives, especially in the midst of the current situation surrounding COVID-19, let’s purposely still ourselves from all other activities to begin our prayer times by acknowledging Him as Sovereign (Psalm 46:8-9a may be helpful – “Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth”. Let us adore Him in all His magnificent attributes – holy, wise, infinite, all-knowing, all-powerful, One in Three persons, faithful. It may be helpful to meditate on and pray through a Psalm. Suggested Psalms chapters include: 8, 65, 76, 100, 111, 145, 146, and 150.

☐ Day 2 – March 31: Begin with a period of adoration of our Lord (see Day 1). Then: James 5:13-20 teaches us about prayer offered in faith; and the importance of confession. In verse 16a we are instructed in this way: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” As members of the Body of Christ we need each other. Our reliance on each other is most evident, and the Body is made healthier and accomplishes more for God, when we are praying for each other as we each strive to be holy and faithful. Confess your own sins before God and pray for strengthening of your brothers and sisters in Christ as they strive to live in obedience to God.

☐ Day 3 – April 1: Begin with adoration (Day 1) and confession (Day 2). Then: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) Thank You, Father, for the peace, emotional stability and mental clarity that comes from knowing You hear my every prayer, and that You have secured for me eternity with my Savior, Jesus. Thank you, also, for Shenandoah Community Fellowship and the work you are doing in and through Your church.

☐ Day 4 – April 2: Begin with adoration, confession, and thanksgiving (see Days 1-3). Then: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18) Humbly plead with God – it is to Him we appeal – that He will complete His work in each of us as we welcome Pastor Shaw and his family. May the Holy Spirit guide us in unity to embrace and follow the Father’s will for His church.

☐ Day 5 – April 3: Begin the prayer time today, and each successive day, with adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication – ACTS – as described for days 1-4. “Let Your ears be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer Your servant is praying.” (Nehemiah 1:6a) Lord, help me understand Your will for me as a part of your body at Shenandoah Community Fellowship. Prepare all of us at SCF for all that is coming our way. And make us unified in doing Your will.

☐ Day 6 – April 4: Today we pray for our retired senior pastor and his wife. Lord, you have blessed us through the dedicated service of your servants, Banks and Sandi Swanson. Thank You for them and their family. Watch over and protect them; encourage them and bless them in retirement, we pray, in Jesus’ name.

☐ Day 7 – April 5: Lord, what a blessing it has been to know Richard and Terry Harrell. Strengthen them and give them endurance as they continue to serve You in the manner You desire for them. Thank You for bringing them to us.

☐ Day 8 – April 6: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24) Lord, help me to see and turn away from everything that keeps me from having the close, deep and abiding relationship You desire to have with me.

☐ Day 9 – April 7: Father we are encouraged by the prayer you inspired the author of Hebrews to write: “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21) We pray Your equipping work would be evident in each member of Shenandoah Community Fellowship as You work in us what is pleasing to You.

☐ Day 10 – April 8: Today we pray for all the various ministries that express the special ways You work among us and our neighbors through Shenandoah Community Fellowship. Thank you for how you use the ministries of Your church to help us grow in our love for You and to express Your love for others in our community.

☐ Day 11 – April 9: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9b) Lord, in faith we ask You today to give Shenandoah Community Fellowship everything it needs to bring You glory through every step of the senior pastor transition process.

☐ Day 12 – April 10: “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5-8) Lord, help me humble myself and be willing to make sacrifices to serve those You have put around me.

☐ Day 13 – April 11: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1) Lord, as I live out my daily life, may it be a holy and pleasing offering to You. It is the proper response in view of Your great mercy – crediting me with Christ’s righteousness.

☐ Day 14 – April 12: “Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” (I Corinthians 10:32-33) Lord, give me sensitivity to situations where exercising the freedoms You have given could cause others to fall away from You. And then, too, Father, give me the sincere desire to forsake that freedom for their sake.

☐ Day 15 – April 13: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) Lord, as a congregation we are all earnestly seeking You through these forty days of prayer. We believe that You exist. We have faith that You will accomplish Your perfect will and plan, in and through us, during the senior pastor transition process.

☐ Day 16 – April 14: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2) Father, I want to know Your good, delightful, flawless, and complete will in my life. Help me to turn my back on the world, and have my mind renewed by You.

☐ Day 17 – April 15: “Like an archer who wounds at random is one who hires a fool or any passer-by.” (Proverbs 26:10) Lord, impart wisdom, patience, discernment, and Your guidance to those in leadership positions at Shenandoah Community Fellowship.

☐ Day 18 – April 16: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105) Lord, thank You for Your word that helps me in my daily walk with You to see where things are right and where things are wrong, and gives instruction for daily living. I pray that the body at Shenandoah Community Fellowship would now, and always, be known for having kept Your word.

☐ Day 19 – April 17: “So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.” (Nehemiah 4:6) Father, we are only effective in accomplishing Your work when we are united in purpose and desire. We earnestly pray that You be glorified through Shenandoah Community Fellowship. As we work together, bless our efforts with big results that truly glorify and please You.

☐ Day 20 – April 18: “God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14) Jehovah God, You are an independent and perfectly whole being. Our response is to fall down in fear and awe of the One who possesses all authority.

☐ Day 21 – April 19: “Now may the God of peace … equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21) Father, equip each one of us with what we need for doing Your will; that we may please You and bring glory to our Savior Jesus.

☐ Day 22 – April 20: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11) Lord, just as Paul prayed these things for the church at Philippi, it is also my sincere prayer for all of Your people in Christ Jesus at Shenandoah Community Fellowship.

☐ Day 23 – April 21: “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:5-6) Father, give me wisdom that my actions and words be of benefit to everyone – attractive to those who do not know You as LORD, and for the edification and encouragement of my brothers and sisters in Christ – always bringing glory to You.

☐ Day 24 – April 22: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2) Lord, thank You for wiping the slate clean – counting Christ’s death as full payment for all my sins. Jesus, You conquered the power of sin in my life. Holy Spirit, You guide me in all truth in my life.

☐ Day 25 – April 23: “Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.” (Colossians 4:12) Heavenly Father, make us tireless in our prayers for each other, for Shenandoah Community Fellowship, and for Pastor Tim Shaw, that we may stand confident in all You want us to do.

☐ Day 26 – April 24: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32) Lord, often I am keenly aware of my sins; when I am unaware, please show them to me. And, that awareness makes the fullness of Your grace all the more meaningful to me. Your forgiveness serves as the example for what You command of me – to be compassionate toward my brothers and sisters – forgiving others for their wrongs against me.

☐ Day 27 – April 25: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25) Lord, help me consider how I might encourage other members of Shenandoah Community Fellowship toward love and good deeds and to not give up on meeting with others in Christ.

☐ Day 28 – April 26: “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:9) Lord, multiply our collective efforts to make more of a difference for You than we could ever do on our own. Help me to understand that what I have to offer is sufficient for You.

☐ Day 29 – April 27: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests… ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses.” (portioned from Luke 14:16b-18a) Lord, it’s easy to make excuses when You invite us to participate in Your plan. Help me to listen, to hear, and to obey You.

☐ Day 30 – April 28: “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17) Jesus, You have conquered death and saved Your people for an eternity with You. These words from Zephaniah give insight into Your heart. In Luke 15:10, also, You said, “there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” O, how marvelous that You delight in, and rejoice over, me!

☐ Day 31 – April 29: “Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'” (James 4:15) Lord, help me to pray not only for my needs, but also to understand Your perfect will for me. I want what You want for Shenandoah Community Fellowship. Help me to understand Your will for my life and my church.

☐ Day 32 – April 30: “…dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” (Hebrews 6:9b-10) Lord, thank you for the family that You have made us at Shenandoah Community Fellowship to be – that we demonstrate Your love for us, and show our love for You, when we help each other. Make us better at this, Lord.

☐ Day 33 – May 1: “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.'” (Matthew 6:9-10) Lord, You are great, and You have great plans for us. May your will be done in your body of believers at Shenandoah Community Fellowship.

☐ Day 34 – May 2: “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6) Lord, make us of one mind and one voice at Shenandoah Community Fellowship, as in unity we work together to bring You glory.

☐ Day 35 – May 3: “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.” (Matthew 28:16-17) Lord, You know that even in our obedience – even when we are in Your presence and worshiping You – we may have doubts. Just as You helped the disciples through their times of doubt, help us remain faithful to You.

☐ Day 36 – May 4: “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.'” (Matthew 28:18) Jesus, there is no place that escapes Your authority. On earth, all enemies will be put under Your feet and You will destroy death. In heaven, You direct angels to minister over members of Your body. And, You rule now in our hearts and minds, Lord.

☐ Day 37 – May 5: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) Lord, as we go about living our daily lives, may the activity of making disciples become an ever-growing aspect of what defines our lives.

☐ Day 38 – May 6: “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20a) Lord, when, as recorded in Luke 11:27-28, the woman in the crowd declared, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you,” You replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” We esteem Your word as truth, and the commands You have given us as essential for our obedient walk with You.

☐ Day 39 – May 7: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b) Lord, it is Your work that we are doing at Shenandoah Community Fellowship. And, we are encouraged as we do the work You have given us, You are always with us. Encourage us, I pray, by making us ever mindful of Your presence Lord.

☐ Day 40 – May 8: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1) Father, as we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who endured the cross and scorners, may we not grow weary or lose heart, but persevere in the life course You have ordained for us.