40 Day Prayer Guide
The 40 Prayer Journey - Day 1 - THANKFULNESS
Col. 3:1-3 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
Let’s begin our 40 day prayer journey together by choosing to calibrate our hearts and minds to the reality that we are raised with Christ, and seated at the right hand of God. That position, depth of connectedness, and that perspective changes the way we see everything. When we see as He sees, THANKFULNESS and worship can’t help but overflow from our hearts. When we see what He has accomplished on our behalf, what other response is there?
Revelation of the Father
40 Day Prayer Journey - Day 2 - FRESH REVELATION OF THE FATHER
John 1:18 “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”
Col 1:15 “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.”
Day 2 of our prayer journey is an opportunity to put our eyes on our Good Father, who loved us so much that He gave His Son - Who came to reveal the Father and make Him known. This is a staggering revelation! We haven’t always known what God is like, but once we’ve seen Jesus, now we do! Let’s spend today praying for a deeper revelation of the Father that would extend to and impact every area of our lives.
Resting in Him
40 Day Prayer Journey - Day 3 - RESTING IN HIM
Psalm 62:5-8 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
Everything comes to rest in His presence. Our hearts find a safe embrace and our minds find peace. He invites us to be vulnerable and transparent, while remaining entirely safe with Him. Intimacy pours into us as we rest in Him. Today, our prayer is that we would truly enjoy God, and find rest in Him that transforms our lives. Where do you need His rest to become a reality in your life/heart/mind?
Invite and EXPECT Him to meet you there today as you enter His rest - not as a destination - but as a reality that permeates your heart, mind, circumstances, and responses.
Preparation for more
40 Day Prayer Journey - Day 4 - PREPARATION FOR MORE
Rom. 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may OVERFLOW with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
God wants to dwell in us. He wants to fill us so thoroughly and completely that we overflow with life, joy, peace and hope.
Jesus told a story of a man who found a treasure in a field, then went and sold everything he owned to purchase the field, and posses the treasure. Why? Because what he found was more valuable than everything he owned combined. The challenge is clear: He is more valuable than anything else I am holding onto. Will I let go of these things of fleeting value and grab ahold of the eternal things? Do I value God enough to make radical room for him in my heart and life?
Pray this today with us: "I want more of you God, no matter the cost, whatever it takes! You're worth it."
Face to Face, Heart to heart
40 Day Prayer Journey - Day 5 - FACE TO FACE, HEART TO HEART
Exodus 33:11 “Inside the Tent of Meeting, the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.”
John 15:15 “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
2 Cor. 3:18 “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Our position in Christ is friendship with God - bringing us face to face. What Moses experienced, we now experience. But it is so much more than that. As we live in unbroken friendship with God, remaining, ABIDING in Him - a transfer takes place. We become like what we worship. Transformed by His glorious presence and power.
We are praying for fresh revelation (mental and experiential) that we are living in friendship with God, an unbroken knowing, intimacy in the fullest - face to face, heart to heart. Let’s invite that to be our manifest reality, the anchor of our lives.
Hunger for more
40 Day Prayer Journey - Day 6 - HUNGER FOR MORE
Phil. 3:7-9 NLT - Paul, speaking of his accumulated life accomplishments: “I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.”
Does the God we worship warrant this kind of statement? Do we have a revelation of Him that is so big, so intense, so powerful, so loving, and SO REAL...that we’re drawn to focus on AND align our lives with him? When we realize that nothing else satisfies or compares with Him, we will always be hungry for more!!
God, awaken a deep hunger in us for MORE OF YOU!
Carrying His presence
40 Day Journey - Day 7 - CARRYING HIS PRESENCE
2 Cor. 4:6-7 “For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
We are carrying the treasure of God’s light in our hearts, revealing Christ’s presence! His creative power called forth light, which is seen in the face of Jesus, and now rests in our hearts! Imagine standing face to face with the risen, glorified, creator of the universe. Your best imagination is a grain of sand compared to the infinite beaches of His magnitude. Understand what you carry. The weight of His glory. The reality of His presence. In you!! You may feel like you are a simple clay jar, but God entrusts you to carry His presence around the world!
Carrying His love
40 Day Journey - Day 8 - CARRYING HIS LOVE
Eph. 3:16-19 “I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
Carrying His supernatural love is more than just a feeling. It is God himself, with us, embracing us, and drawing us to Him. What deep joy comes from the revelation and realization that we are loved - by God - infinitely and eternally - and that He is using his “glorious, unlimited resources” to EMPOWER us to experience the LOVE OF CHRIST right now. Not when we arrive somewhere else, or sometime in the distant future, but where we are right now! And our commission? To love others this same way!!
Carrying His power
40 Day Journey - Day 9 - CARRYING HIS POWER
Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses near and far...”
The HOLY SPIRIT is AVAILABLE to us today, just like the early church. (And, available doesn’t mean optional. If Jesus, Peter, Paul, and others needed Holy Spirit in their lives, so do we!!) THE HOLY SPIRIT is God with us, the promise that all of heaven is behind us to do the Kingdom work before us! I cannot overstate the willingness of God to empower you to demonstrate His love, share His Gospel of reconciliation, and to walk a supernatural “spirit-filled” life. You are empowered to make Jesus famous for the work He is doing in you, and by the works He is accomplishing through you.
Make this your prayer today: “Holy Spirit, fill me and send me! Shake my heart, my life, my marriage, my family, my city, my home, my school, this very room with Your presence. Make me a Spirit empowered voice and life that is fully alive and living for Your glory! Thank you that Your power and favor isn’t for my fame, but for me to accomplish Your purposes. All of this is from you, because of you, for you, and through you! God of power, I’m available!!”
John 14:12-13 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me [Jesus] will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son…”
Carrying His victory
40 Day Prayer Journey - Day 10 - CARRYING HIS VICTORY
1 Cor. 15:57 “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Deut. 20:4 “For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory."
One of the most exciting things that took place at the Cross and in Jesus' resurrection and ascension into heaven was the fact that we become joint-heirs with Christ. This was the most staggering victory to ever take place! Now as joint-heirs, Jesus’ victory is shared with us when we say “yes” to God’s invitation to be His sons and daughters. In this way, His victory is our victory.
Join us in praying this today: “Jesus, You are the Victorious One. Sin, hopelessness, fear, and even death have no hold on You, and as I am in You, they now have no hold on me. Pour out fresh revelation of the victory I have in You! Today I stand over places I believe I am defeated, and call on Your victory to be my victory, Your freedom to be my freedom, and Your strength to be my strength! I stand again in Your victory, and re-engage this battle - not as one fighting for victory, but as one fighting from victory. Even in a struggle, my victory is secure. Thank You that You are a God who fights for me and invites me to stand in Your victory!”
1 John 3:8 “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.”