40 Days of Prayer

40 days of Prayer began on April 22 and will end on Pentecost, which is May 31.

In Acts 1 we read that Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection. “He appeared to them over a period of 40 days and spoke about the Kingdom of God” (Acts 1: 3). The church has always considered this waiting time a season of preparation.

Let us think this way also – God is using this time to separate us from the things of the world, preparing us to powerfully release His Kingdom when we finally reunite. Hopefully, this will happen by the end of May. Lets all pray for that!


 

Day 1  |  Day 2  |  Day 3  |  Day 4  |  Day 5  |  Day 6  |  Day 7  |  Day 8

 

Day 9  |  Day 10  |  Day 11  |  Day 12  |  Day 13  |  Day 14  |  Day 15

 

Day 16  |  Day 17  |  Day 18  |  Day 19  |  Day 20  |  Day 21  |  Day 22  

 

Day 23  |  Day 24  |  Day 25  |  Day 26  |   Day 27  |  Day 28  |  Day 29

 

Day 30  |  Day 31  |  Day 32  |  Day 33  |  Day 34  |  Day 35  |  Day 36

 

Day 37  |  Day 38  |  Day 39  |  Day 40 


Day 1

 

The Lord Came and Stood There


The LORD came and stood there, calling as at other times, Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening” (1Samuel 3:10).

Father God, I am most filled with joy when I hear Your Voice. When I listen, hear, and obey, I am in fellowship with You. Speak to me LORD and speak to Your children. Let us all be listening for Your voice – be it still and small, or loud and obvious. Open hearts to Your guidance so that we walk in the way You want us to go. I love you my Abba, my Father! Help me to listen and obey.   Amen.

Deanna Crawford


Day 2


God Is With Us

 "Emmanuel – which is interpreted “GOD WITH US” (Matthew 1:23)
 
Let me invite you to say each of these sentences ALOUD, putting emphasis on the word in bold type. I think you will feel His presence.
 
GOD is with us.
God IS with us.
God is WITH us.
God is with US.
 
Abba Daddy, there is nothing more important than Your presence in my life. Help me to be a holy place for Your Spirit to dwell. Forgive me of all sin and cleanse my heart of all unrighteousness. Nothing is more comforting to me than to know You are with me. No matter what is happening in my life, I am never alone. Let me feel your intimate closeness in an ever – increasing manner. I open my heart, that I can experience Emmanuel. It is well with my soul . . .
 
Nancy Worley


Day 3

 

I Will Walk By Faith; I Will Trust Jesus

 
I will walk by faith even when I cannot see.”  (2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV)

whom having not seen, you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,” (1 Peter 1:8 NKJV)

Dear Jesus, in this time when we can’t see past our own noses, help us to continue to seek You out; to examine ourselves, not by our own eyes, but by Your eyes that see every part of our being. Our eyes and hearts can deceive us, so I ask You Lord to examine me and take away everything that I find my value and comfort in that is not You. I give You my worries, fears, strongholds. I give You everything. Move in my own heart so that I can give life to others and surrender to You. You have the power, God. I trust that You are good. You are my Dad. I know You will carry me through. Although it may seem like I am in this alone, You are giving me a piggy-back ride the whole way through.
 
Every time I fail, You pick me up and say, “You are My child.” In this time of desperation, You are my hope. Lead me in the ways I can serve others and expand Your kingdom. I pray for peace and forgiveness in my own life, so that in turn others can see that in me and so turn to You also. Give me the strength to stand firm in Your name with endurance, with hope, with love, and with peace. I will say this again – you alone are worthy of my worship. I give You everything. I am super thankful knowing that whatever happens you will always be with me.
I love you Jesus with all I have and with all I will ever have.
 
Amen
 
Luke Morris


Day 4


Jesus – My Prize, My Pleasure, My Inheritance


 “Lord, I have chosen You alone as my inheritance. You are my prize, my pleasure, and my portion. I leave my destiny and its timing in Your hands. Your pleasant path leads me to pleasant places. I'm overwhelmed by the privileges that come with following You, for You have given me the best! The way You counsel and correct me makes me praise You more, for your whispers in the night give me wisdom, showing me what to do next” (Psalm 16:5-7 TPT).
 
Oh Lord, thank You for the quietness of heart that comes from placing our lives in Your hands.  How much greater and more deeply satisfying is life when we do so!
 
Lord, how we marvel at the paths You bring us along on!  Each step is carefully designed to draw us closer to You and Your ways.  Even now, the challenges we face individually and together cause us to turn more deeply to You.
 
Lord, please help us become daily more sensitive to Your still, small voice.  May Your Word guide our every step through this life, and lead us to glory with You.  
 
Amen
 
Charles Young
 


Day 5

 

Follow Me!


“I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”  Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God.  Then He said to him, “Follow Me!” (John 21:18-19 NIV).

Father God, I want to live my life to glorify You, God, in everything I do, like Peter.  Even when You call me to death may it be to glorify You.  Lord God, today I want to die to self and live for Christ (Galatians 2:20) that I might live a life honoring to You, a life that glorifies You.  So often I do things in my own strength, and I dress myself and go where I want to go.  I live in the kingdom of this world, to which I no longer belong, instead of living in and for Your Kingdom.  Father God, in the name of Jesus, remove my desire to live for this world and replace it with a love for You and an unquenching “hunger and thirst” (Matthew 5:6) to desire and serve Jesus and to live for You and only You.  Give me a love for Jesus that requires “all my heart and all of my soul and all of my mind and all of my strength” (Mark 12:30).  Jesus, tell me Your truth about my “self”.  Expose my pride, my sin, my rebellion against You.  Then I will fall on my knees with humility and thanksgiving in my heart and give You all the praise and glory.  Lord Jesus, I want to follow You just as You commanded Peter when You said, “Follow Me!”  Jesus, You loved Peter so tenderly in John 21.  Thank You for loving even me.  Jesus, it is in Your precious name that I pray.  Amen

Bill Jones


Day 6

 

The Kingdom of God is Not About Words, But Power


 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV).
 
Father God, we humbly come to You confessing that we have not always been bold in witnessing for You. We have not always been bold in stepping out in faith when we know in our hearts that we should have. We have not always accessed the power that is available to us by Your Holy Spirit. We have not always loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not always exhibited self-discipline in our thoughts, attitudes, words or behavior. Give us the strength and courage to unlock those hidden compartments in our lives that distract us or prevent us from fully surrendering to You.
 
Forgive us, loving Father, for those times when we have been timid, or have not trusted You enough to believe we have the power You have given us. In Your great mercy, forgive us when we have loved ourselves more than others; when we have ignored the cries of the hurting; or when we deliberately have not responded to Your nudging. Forgive us when we choose to go our own way rather than follow the path You have chosen for us.
 
Lord, You are the potter, we are the clay. Mold us into the image of our Lord Jesus Christ. Make us more like You. Fill us with the Holy Spirit so we can find peace, hope and joy in the midst of uncertain, anxious times. Use us however You choose for Your Glory and the advancement of Your Kingdom. 
 
As we approach the day of Pentecost, remind us of the transforming, healing power of the Holy Spirit to change us. That same power can enable us to face any challenge, to overcome any obstacle, and to work for good in any situation we face. For it is from Your hand that we receive power, to love others as You love us, and to accept the discipline we need to follow You.
 
In the mighty Name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
 
Louis Haynes


Day 7

 

The Heavenly Man

 
The first man is the dust of the earth; the second Man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the Man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the heavenly Man” (1 Corinthians 15:47-49 NIV).
 
Gracious Heavenly Father, we give You thanks that You have created us to be spiritually eternal persons. Father forgive us when we focus so much on our earthly selves. While we acknowledge our earthly life is a great gift from You, and we are grateful for it, help us to remember this life is temporary and short. Grant us Your grace, Your mercy, and Your guidance to use our time wisely, to give ourselves and consecrate ourselves, our time, and all we have to you. Help us to focus on others, and love our neighbors as ourselves, while loving you with all our heart.  Help us Father, to submit ourselves daily to You, to serve you, to be Your Light in a dark world, and to release Your Kingdom to those we encounter. 
 
Father forgive us for taking the gifts You have given us, thinking they are ours, and not investing them for Your Kingdom, for missing opportunities to share Your wonderful light, and for focusing more on this temporary earthly person rather than the eternal heavenly person.  Father, we are in constant need of Your grace. Would you remove from our hearts all forms of pride, and replace pride with the humility and love of Jesus, and guide us to release His wonderful love to the world around us, during our temporary time here? And in all things, may You be glorified, for You are worthy of it all.
 
We ask that you hear our prayer, for we offer it in the glorious Name of Jesus, Amen
 
Greg Pope


Day 8

 

In the morning, when I look out on our beautiful mountains, these are the words that come to me:


I lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth . . .The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121:1-2, 8 NIV).

Dear Heavenly Father, Creator of the universe and our beautiful earth, You are our strength and shield through days of joy and days of hardship. As Jesus taught his disciples saying “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10 NIV) help us to remember that it is Your will we are seeking, not our own. Give us Your shield of faith to know that You are with us always, even in these times when we see so much change and hardship happening in our world; You have a plan that looks out for our welfare and gives us a future and hope. Walk with us this day, surround those who are mourning with Your love, help those who are struggling to know that You will provide for our needs, and help us all to remember that in You, all things work together for good, according to Your purpose. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Caryl Mobley


Day 9

 

Christ In You – Expectation of Glory!

 

"Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectation of glory! This mystery of Christ, embedded within us, becomes a heavenly treasure chest of hope filled with the riches of glory for His people, and God wants everyone to know it!" (Colossians 1:27 TPT)
 
Father, there is no greater joy than knowing that You have chosen to abide in me. May I also lay down my own life and abide in You. Your way of doing things, Your Kingdom, is exactly what my heart longs for. Forgive me when I forget this truth, or choose to value lesser things instead. You are my treasure! May I, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, open up the windows of my heart and let the light of Your Kingdom splash out into the world around me. 
 
Amen
 
Lisa Burns


Day 10

 

Jesus, I Owe You Everything


Enter His gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to Him and praise His name” (Psalm 100: 4).

Lord, let me not forget that although we are living through troubled times, the victory is mine already through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior and I will praise You!  To You I owe my all. Let me submit to Your will and find glory in knowing You have already fought the battle for me.

Let me always keep my eyes focused on You, knowing that whatever I face in this world is only temporary. My lasting home with You in your Kingdom will never end.

Let this time be a renewal in me, drawing me closer to You. Strengthen me to face all that is before me with courage, always seeking Your will.

I submit to You in all. I come to You with thankfulness and great joy; I will praise Your name all of my days!

In the name of Jesus I pray,
Amen

Wendy McConville

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Day 11

 

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

 
Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.”  (Acts 1:4).
 
O LORD, I come to You in thanksgiving for being my loving Father, the King of kings, the LORD of lords, and my Savior. I stand amazed in Your presence. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, and I bow before You.
 
I thank You that the Holy Spirit has come within us and upon us in our day, as it did upon the believers at Pentecost. You had commanded them to wait for this gift from the Father. I thank You that you were present in the waiting. I thank You that you are present in the waiting with us---in these days of uncertainty, You are present as we wait for the end of coronavirus. You are present as we wait for a revealing of the life You have ordained for us when this pandemic passes—You are present as we wait and put our trust in You and not in the world’s shaky governmental, financial, and educational systems. We thank You as we wait with hope in Your unfailing plans.
 
We ask You to cleanse us of all sin and distraction as we wait. Help us, O LORD, to dwell in Your presence, where there is peace and joy, till Your likeness may be seen in us.
 
Amen
 
Priscilla Haynes


Day 12

 

Testing of Faith


“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:2-5 NIV). 


Father, we praise Your name and thank You for giving us Your Word for instruction in our lives.  Help us in our belief to not be “blown and tossed by the wind” (James 1:6 NIV) but to stand secure on Your Word. We ask for strength to persevere through these days of uncertainty with grace that only You can provide.  People who may not believe in You are looking at us to see how we can “consider it pure joy” (James 1:1 NIV) as we wade through these waters of economic and personal chaos. Thank You for these opportunities to show Your love to others at this time. Lord, You have given us works, “prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV).  Help us to be found faithful as we serve our loved ones, the believers in the body of Christ, and our neighbors, to not just “listen to the Word” (James 1:22 NIV), but “prove yourselves doers of the Word” (James 1:22 AMP).

Amen

Tommy Brendel


Day 13

 

From Everlasting to Everlasting

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.
 
Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.
 
A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun
.”
 
Hymn adapted from Psalm 90:1-5
 
 Heavenly Father, You are our Help and our Hope for tomorrow, just as You have been in ages past. Before the mountains were born, before You brought forth the whole world, You established Your Kingdom. From everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
 
In these times of fear over the Coronavirus, may we be comforted knowing You are our Secret Place, our Shelter from the Storm. We dwell in Your Kingdom, in Your shadow – the safest place to be.
 
In the precious name of Jesus,
Amen
 
Sherri Jones


Day 14

 

We Are the Light of the World


“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5: 14 – 16 RSV).
For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true” (Ephesians 5: 8, 9 RSV)
         
Heavenly Father, You have commanded us to be light in this world, but You are the source of our flame. Place us where we may burn brightly for You, as one of a multitude of Your lights, and bolster our spirit when ill winds try to extinguish our flame.  May Your truth and love comfort us in good times and bad; in plenty and want; with companions, and in solitude. Help us light the paths of others seeking Your presence.
 
Amen
 
Larry Mobley


Day 15

 

God Is Our Hope, Joy, and Peace


Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1: 2 – 5 NIV).  

Father God, we turn to You in these unprecedented times of challenge and uncertainty. Forgive us for grumbling or cowering in fear; help us instead to look for the good results that You want to bring out of this crisis. It’s not just that we are learning patience and perseverance, which may well be the virtue least desired. You promised that patient perseverance, if allowed to grow, will cause us to grow in maturity. Thank You for the good work you are doing in us, and help us to rejoice in it, even if the circumstances themselves are less than what we would desire.
Thank You, also, for your precious promise to pour out Your wisdom upon us if only we ask You. More than ever, we need Your wisdom in our daily lives and decisions; remind us to keep asking You without feeling that we bothered You too much. Thank You that You always find a way to guide us in Your wisdom.

Last but not least, we ask for wisdom for our leaders, from the federal government all the way to the local authorities; for businesses, hospitals and institutions as they are making decisions for us. Thank You for using this time of trial to further Your kingdom.
Amen

Hannelore Bozeman


Day 16

 

Jesus – Our Comfort and Our Strength


Jesus wept” (John 11:35 KJV) 
 
Our Father,
 
We pray for You to comfort those who have lost family and friends, who are without work, are fearful for their livelihood, and for all who are living with fear and anxiety. Help us remember Jesus' love and compassion for Lazarus and his two sisters, His Divine and human nature, and to remember his earlier words: "I am the resurrection and the life" (John 11: 25 KJV). Thank You for such wonderful assurance!
 
Strengthen our faith so that we wait on the LORD's timing and not on our own schedules. Sustain us not only in times of trouble, but in all the days You have given us. You are in control and we shall glorify You as Jesus did.
 
May we never forget Your love for us, bearing our sins as Your own, and being the resurrection and the life!   
 
AMEN
 
Clay Haskins


Day 17

 

In A Changing World, We Have God – Our Rock


“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”  (Ps. 150:6 NIV)

Father God, You are good. You are praiseworthy. Everything You do is mighty. All we have comes from You. 

You have showed us how You love us. You were willing to sacrifice your Son so we could be redeemed and in relationship with You. You assured us that You would never leave us or forsake us, and when Jesus ascended into heaven, You sent Your Holy Spirit to be with us. Father, You are magnificent! 

In spite of our world changing in such a drastic manner, we still have You. We long to worship in a physical community, not just virtually. We are comforted knowing You are working this for good; when the body of believers reunites, it will be with a song of joy and a shout of praise!

So, as we near Pentecost, we pray for a deeper faith and a deeper relationship with You, Lord. We long for Your gifts to be activated within us so we can love each other better, reach the unsaved, and bring glory to You. We pray that this season will not pass us by as onlookers from the sidelines. We long to be the music of Your heart as we touch others with Your love and Your saving grace.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Lorna Bashore


Day 18

 

God’s Overflowing Love


O God, how extravagant is your cherishing love! All mankind can find a hiding place under the shadow of your wings. All may drink of the anointing from the abundance of your house. All may drink their fill from the delightful springs of Eden. To know you is to experience a flowing fountain, drinking in your life, springing up to satisfy. In the light of your holiness we receive the light of revelation. Lord, keep pouring out your unfailing love on those who are near you. Release more of your blessings to those who are loyal to you" (Psalm 36: 7 – 10 TPT).
 
Oh Lord, it does not matter how challenging the season is - You are always there!  You impart wisdom and revelation at all times to our hungry hearts. 
 
Please continually fill our hearts from the purity and goodness of Your fountain of living waters. Refresh and restore our souls!
 
How we love to worship You, for there we connect with You, our Creator, our Abba.
 
Amen
 
Charles Young


Day 19

 

For You Shall Go Out In Joy!

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off” (Isaiah 55: 12, 13 ESV).
 
Ah, Lord God, You are truly the power, the glory, and the majesty forever and ever. You are the source and the reason for our joy; a joy greater than anything the world has to offer. In You we have peace beyond measure. When I look at the mountains and the hills and hear the wind whistling over the land, I see Your beauty in a most wonderful and intimate way. The trees are bursting forth with new leaves reminding me of the renewing of life each spring – and the new life that I have in You.
 
Thank you, Lord, that the thorns and briers of the virus scourge over the world are under Your divine sovereignty, and You will be forever glorified by the display of Your triumphant grace. In the mighty Name of He Who overcame the grave, even Jesus Christ our Lord and our Savior.
 
 Amen
 
Louis Haynes


Day 20

 

Cause Us To Remember You

 

"God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance; they have defiled Your holy temple; they have laid Jerusalem in ruins” (Psalm 79:1 NASB).

Lord Jesus, we are not used to adversity, and it shocks us. These are challenging times for us. But we also acknowledge that trouble might be the only thing that will succeed in arousing our passion for Your name.

You are great. You make “a way through the sea and a path through the mighty waters” (Isaiah 43:16 NIV). Cause us to remember the old stories from the Scriptures that we have forgotten to make our own. Cause us to identify with the children of Israel being led out of slavery and into the promised land. It was scary, risky, and impossible, but You did it. Yours, O Jesus, is the way of salvation. Forgive us for leaning on our own understanding and for trusting in our works and our fine buildings but failing to accomplish Your will. Forgive us for wasting so much time.

"Do not remember the iniquities of our forefathers against us; let Your compassion come quickly to meet us, for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; and deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name's sake. Why should the nations say, "Where is their God?" (Psalm 79: 8 – 10 NASB).
                                                                     
Show us, O God, Your consuming fire in our midst. Burn away all uncleanness.

In Jesus Name.
 
Karl Gessler


Day 21

 

A Prayer of Praise, Consecration, and Repentance


“Take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishings, and it will be holy” (Exodus 40: 9 NIV).
“Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you” (Joshua 3: 5 NIV).

Jesus, You are holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty. Your holiness reaches beyond the universe. You are perfect in beauty, majestic in Your perfection. You are light; there is no darkness in You. You are Love. You are high and lifted up – seated at the right hand of the Father. Your glory— the outstreaming manifestation of Your beauty – gives light and life to all the earth. You are unchangeable and constant – the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

We exalt the name of Jesus; the Name above every other name – You are worthy, worthy, worthy of worship, adoration, and praise.
Thank you, Father God, that your plan is to make us holy also – “Be holy because I Am holy” – to join You in the New Jerusalem, shining with the glory of God, walking in Your light on streets of gold beside the stream of living water. Thank You, Jesus, that by grace through faith, we begin the journey of sanctification, toward the New Jerusalem now, when we enter into and live with You in the Kingdom of God.

Jesus, with Your help and Your power, I consecrate everything to You – all I had, all I have, and all I will ever have; and all I have been, all I am, and all I will ever be. I consecrate my time, my possessions; my wealth, reputation, talents, family, relationships, health, accomplishments, ministry, hopes, dreams, and desires to You, Lord. They all belong to You, for You alone own the cattle on a thousand hills. I offer up all of them to You; use them for Your purposes and glory.

Jesus, forgive me for the times I believed all of these ‘things’ were mine; when I worshiped the very gifts You own and gave me, forgetting the Owner and Giver. I repent of squandering and hoarding these gifts, and stealing Your glory when I used these gifts to point to myself instead of to You.
Jesus, I consecrate all to You, for You alone are worthy and faithful. Thank You for my journey of sanctification.
Amen

John Van Wagoner


Day 22

 

Then, I Will Gaze On Your Beauty

Wait for the Lord; be strong, take courage, and wait for the Lord” (Ps.27:14 NIV).
 
Oh my Lord, my God, You give the direction of the “double wait.” It draws my attention with its emphasis. Even more, You sandwich a military command to be strong and courageous, filled with an expectancy of victory between the "waits.”
 
Come, my heart says to Your heart. (Ps. 27:8) Let me dwell in Your house. Let me gaze on Your beauty. (Ps. 27:4) Let me see Your goodness while I sojourn waiting here, clothed in this suit of clay. (Ps.27:13).
 
You have not called me to a passive wait. Make me militant in my waiting, pressing on to gain territory.
 
Lord, empower me by Your Holy Spirit to wait (Hebrew: qavah). Bind my heart, like an unbreakable fetter, to Your heart. Bind my will to Your will, my hands to Your hands, my eyes to Your eyes. Let me be lost in entwinement with You. Then, I will dwell in Your house. Then, I will gaze on Your beauty.
 
Even so, come Lord Jesus, come.
 
Amen
 
Fran Rochester

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Day 23

 

“We Have the Mind of Christ!"


 “The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person's thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, "Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.” (1Co 2:10-16 NIV).
 
Father, it’s hard for us to make sense out of the flood of information we have in our hands these days.  The truth about current events seems harder than ever to discern - news articles are often biased, scientific studies sometimes incomplete or with error.  I confess, Lord, that I have too often turned to the wisdom of man for answers, understanding, and peace.  But I am learning that this path only leads me deeper into despair, and that You alone are the Way, the Truth, and the Life!  Father, I ask for Your forgiveness for giving precedence to the voice of mere humans, when I have the voice of Your Spirit, Your very mind always present.  I ask that when we turn our ears to You, You would show us Your mind and heart, and reveal to us what we need to know to navigate our lives.  And when it is better that we not know, I ask that You fill us with faith, and help us to trust in Your goodness.
 
In the name of Jesus I pray,
 
Amen
 
Robert Burns


Day 24

 

A Wonderful Future for God’s People

 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified”.

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
   we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]
 
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord
” (Romans 8: 28 – 39 NIV).
 
Abba, I come to You and confess what You already know – that I am weak and broken.   Please reveal to me the truth. Have I wasted days of my life fighting among others, seeking what benefits me at their expense? Have I forgotten that we are brothers and sisters, all children of one Father? Am I inclined to hold onto grievances, rather than realizing the inner peace of letting them go?

I am fearful and slow to trust You to provide for my needs. Father, give me strength to face each day with the faith of a child, in anticipation of how You will work all things for good for those who love You. Help me to love you more, and to love others better. All of us understand you differently, and none of us understands You completely. I pray that in some way, others may see Christ at work in me, and that I can see Christ being revealed in others.

Lord, please guard my loved ones, wherever they may be. When I am unable to minister to them in person, I entrust them to Your care. In this time of social distancing, help me to be that much closer to others in spirit. Though I don’t understand, I choose to put my faith in Your perfect plan. Please conform my will to Yours.
  
In Jesus’ name,
 
Amen

John Lampley


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Day 25

 

Yet I will Rejoice


Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights
” (Habakkuk 3: 17 – 19 NIV).
 
Lord, in times like these, I may feel anxious. I know that is not Your way, nor what You want for me. Help me to look up to You today, finding in Your love and grace the knowledge that true joy is not based on circumstances, but in You!
 
You promise to provide for all my needs, and I’m going to trust You. Regardless of what I see around me, You are my confidence, my hope, and my victory. You will take me safely through the changes and challenges of life.
 
This was Habakkuk’s attitude when his entire world was turned upside down with the revelation of Your coming judgment upon Israel. He walked in the high places. Help me to do the same.
 
In the name of my Lord, who came down from heaven that I might be lifted up with joy,
 
Amen
 
Bill Campbell


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Day 26

 

But We Trust in the Name of the Lord Our God

 

Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth” (Psalm 31:5 NIV).

Abba, Father, praise Your holy Name! “The heavens declare Your glory, the skies proclaim the work of Your hands” (Psalm 10:1 NIV).  Your purposes are good, and Your word is Truth. You are my rock and redeemer.

Lord, we await Your kingdom to overtake this earth. We await Your will to be manifested over all men. We ask for Your provision as scarcity comes in many areas of our communities.

Forgive us, Lord, for pouring our hearts and our strength into superficial things, for trusting in ‘chariots and horses’ instead of the name of the Lord, our God (Psalm 20: 7); for wanting our way, for not turning to You in every little and big thing. Help us forgive those who have hurt us, ignored us, or demeaned us. Let us be wary of traps that ensnare us, things that are alluring but empty. Lord, deliver us from these evil temptations, that we sometimes seek when we hide from You.

For those who are lonely, isolated and depressed, give them Your joy. For those who are anxious and fearful, give them Your peace. For those who don't know You, give them Your hope.

I put myself in Your hands and my trust in You, for in You is abundant life, power and glory.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

Amen

Judy Van Wagoner


Day 27

 

God Singing Over Me

 

“You are my strength and my song; He has become my salvation” (Psalm 118:14 NIV).

Lord, the song You sing over me has become my strength and my salvation. In the darkness, I turn to You.  I can hear the whispers of Your wings and the murmurings of Your soft voice.  My heart quickens as I realize it is a song of love You sing over me.

I weep to know I am undeserving of all You do for me.  “One day,” I tell myself, “I might be a source of joy for You.”  Until that day, Lord, please don’t give up on me.

You are the source of my strength.  I know You use all things for good. Please bolster my spirit as it seeks You.  Meet me in the darkness and restore me, for You are my salvation.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Lorna Bashore


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Day 28

 

God Is Love

 

“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;”  (Philippians 1: 9-10 KJV)

Lord God, during these trying times we ask that Your love descend upon us. Send the Holy Spirit to renew our hearts and minds that we may have knowledge and discernment. Keep our thoughts pure and sincere that You may be glorified. Embrace us Lord and let us find comfort in Your love.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior,

Amen

John McCaslin


Day 29

 

Living Heaven’s Mindset

 

Whenever our hearts make us feel guilty and remind us of our failures, we know that God is much greater and more merciful than our conscience, and He knows everything there is to know about us. My delightfully loved friends, when our hearts don’t condemn us, we have a bold freedom to speak face-to-face with God. And whatever we ask of Him we receive, because we keep His commands. And by our beautiful intentions we continue to do what brings pleasure to Him. So these are His commands: that we continually place our trust in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and that we keep loving one another, just as he Has commanded us. For all who obey His commands find their lives joined in union with Him, and He lives and flourishes in them. We know and have proof that He constantly lives and flourishes in us, by the Spirit He has given us” (1 John 3: 20 – 24 TPT).

God, help me bear witness to righteousness today so that I may understand the truth. Help me see people the way You see them, and not the way I do. Help me to live heaven's mindset and not my own. When I stumble and fall may I fall into Your abundant grace and goodness. Bring me back into right standing with You and with right thinking about others and the world around me. Help me understand the trials I go through are not just about me, about what I feel; but an opportunity to shine Christ into other’s lives in times of great difficulties. May my dependence on You be so great that nothing on Earth can take Your place, ever.

Amen

David Demirgian on the SS Logos Hope


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Day 30

 

Stand


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6: 10 – 13 KJV).
 
Father God, my Lord and Savior, thank You for choosing me and giving me the heart to say, “yes!”, to You. Thank you for Your sacrifice and resurrection. Thank you that You stand for and with me. 
 
You bring me to repentance and forgiveness. You change me. You bless me. You equip me with Your armor of truth, faith, and salvation to fight battles in the war You have already won! What an honor to be a warrior in Your army!
 
Help me to keep my eyes on You. Remind me to fear nothing... but You. I find comfort in your Holy Spirit. Give me courage to stand firm in my faith in You. Help me stand only for You.
 
In the powerful Name of Jesus Christ,
 
Tarleton Brooks


Day 31

 

Jesus, Have Mercy on Me

 

This prayer appears six times in the Psalms:  
Here my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy”  (Psalm 86:6 NIV).

Lord, please hear me when I pray to you and listen to my cries for mercy. It is my desire to be with You and seek You in prayer. If there is anything which is hindering my prayers to You, please tell me. Give me a clean heart and a willing mind before You.

If my heart is hard, please soften it.
If my neck is stiff, please move it.
If my mind is not completely open to You, please open it.
If my attitude is poor, please change it.

Holy Spirit, please teach me how to hear and be heard by You.

In Christ Jesus,

Amen

Tom Pitman


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Day 32

 

Be Still Before the Lord, Wait Patiently For Him (Part 1)

 

"Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10 NIV).

Exalt the Lord on high! Be in constant prayer for His grace and mercy, for they abound. His provisions are endless, and we adore His unchanging beauty and justice. He is the only constant that we have, and the only constant that we need. Exalt Him for His plan to bring us to our highest potential and to carry out the work that will exalt Him among all the nations.

Lord God, we exalt You for being the Supreme guide in our lives. We thank You for daily provisions and Your daily word. Help us to meditate on Your word and be in constant thanksgiving for your perfect plans to sanctify us and glorify Your name. We thank You for Your beautiful invitation to all of humanity to come to Your table. We are saved by grace because we believe and trust You. This is Your gift and we have done nothing to receive such an award. We come to Your table humbly, and knowing that it is only because of Your grace and mercy. We will exalt you among the nations out of obedience and love.

Amen

Michele Revis


Day 33

 

Be Still Before the Lord, Wait Patiently For Him (Part 2)

 

Go out and stand before me on top of the mountain,” the Lord said to him (Elijah). Then the Lord passed by and sent a furious wind that split the hills and shattered the rocks - but the Lord was not in the wind. The wind stopped blowing, and then there was an earthquake - but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire - but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the soft whisper of a voice. When Elijah heard it, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, “Elijah, what are you doing here?” (1 Kings 19: 11 – 13 Good News Translation).

These words led to the composing of the hymn “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” by John Greenleaf Whittier (my Great Uncle) in 1872, which led me to this prayer:

Father God, our loving Yahweh, “forgive our foolish ways”, our disobedience to Your Word. Our world, the world of Your Creation, is in chaos and upheaval, filled with serious illness, ugly rhetoric, and behavior. Lord God, we call on You to fill us with the beauty of Your Peace and healing, show us how to be still and quiet enough to hear Your Voice and feel Your Peace.

Thank you for Your unending Love and Patience, with such unruly children, and create a selflessness in each person, that we are able to hear Your “still, small voice of calm”. When we finally hear that voice lead us to “rise up and follow Thee”. We adore You and love You and praise You. This prayer is offered in the name of Jesus.

Amen

Dorothy Conrad

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Day 34

 

A prayer by Saint Patrick
 

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me, 
God's wisdom to guide me, 
God's eye to look before me, 
God's ear to hear me, 
God's word to speak for me, 
God's hand to guard me, 
God's way to lie before me, 
God's shield to protect me, 
God's hosts to save me 
From snares of the devil, 
From temptations of vices, 
From everyone who desires me ill, 
Afar and anear, 
Alone or in a multitude.
 
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, 
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, 
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, 
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, 
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me, 
Christ in the eye that sees me, 
Christ in the ear that hears me.
 
I arise today through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through a confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation.
 
Amen
 
Prayed by Saint Patrick c. 390 – 461, while living in Ireland
 
Submitted by Diana Pitman


Day 35

 

Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart
 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5, 6 NIV).
 
Oh Lord, my God, You led me to these verses through a beautiful song I joyfully sang during my time in two different churches. I thank you that these words drew me closer to You, Jesus, during my life, pointing me to Your eternal life. I know that you will prepare a place for me in heaven before you take me home. And I trust that in the meantime, you will care for me. Thank You, Jesus for your peace. During this uncertain time, please help brothers and sisters in Christ to trust in You and all the promises in Your word.
 
Amen
 
Marilyn Haynes

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Day 36

 

Praise Him – He is our Deliverer
 

“I am burdened and broken by this pain. When your miracle rescue comes to me, it will lift me to the highest place. Then my song will be a burst of praise to you. My glory-shouts will make your fame even more glorious to all who hear my praises! For I know, Yahweh, that my praises mean more to you than all my gifts and sacrifices. All who seek you will see God do this for them, and they'll overflow with gladness. Let this revive your hearts, all you lovers of God! For Yahweh does listen to the poor and needy and will not abandon his prisoners of love.” 
 
“Let all the universe praise him! The high heavens and everyone on earth, praise him! Let the oceans deep, with everything in them, keep it up! God will come to save his Zion-people. God will build up his cities of Judah, for there his people will live in peace. All their children will inherit the land, and the lovers of his name will live there safe and secure” 
(Psalm 69: 29 – 36 TPT).
 
Heavenly Father, You are our firm foundation in uncertain times. You are our deliverer from the attacks of the devourer.
 
Here we are, in unprecedented times, dealing with a great struggle between our health and our economy. Our eyes are fixed on You, knowing that You supply our need during the dark time, and then bring us through to great light at the end of this tunnel.
 
Oh God, we praise You and rejoice in You in anticipation of your deliverance! For we know and are confident in You, that You make us to be planted by the waters of life in times of drought. You knew from before the foundations of the world that we would go through this time. You knew that our hearts and prayers would be lifted up to You. Nothing is hidden from You.
 
Thank you, Lord, that we can rest in the comfort of Your goodness, despite the actions of the evil one to bring harm. We rejoice in anticipation of returning to Your house to worship and praise You together!
 
Charles Young


Day 37

 

God is My Rock, My Salvation
 

"For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my defense and my fortress, I shall not be greatly moved" (Psalm 62: 1, 2 AMP).

Father, I have tried to live on my own. I have tried to ‘do it all’ in my own strength. I thought my plan was best. When I became overwhelmed and defenseless, as a last resort, I sought You out.

Meanwhile, my soul waited for me to “wake up.” My soul knew there was something more, a better way.  Lord, thank You for your patience. You were always there. You helped me find You. You helped me see that You are the source of my strength. You are the source of my joy, and You are the source of my peace. From You comes all goodness. You are my anchor and You keep me from being swept away.  Lord, You are my defender, You fought the toughest battles for me. All I did was pray. You rescued me. You are truly the source of my salvation. Thank you for being who You are and for loving me so mightily.

Hallelujah, my God reigns!

In the name of Jesus Christ,

Amen

Lorna Bashore

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Day 38

 

A Prayer for Safekeeping
 

Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge. I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” As for the saints, who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight. The sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods. I will not pour out their libations of blood or take up their names on my lips. Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; You have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful Inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 16:1-8 NIV).
 
Heavenly Father, we will not be shaken during this pandemic because You are our sustainer and protector. In fact, we can experience joy and total security because of Your grace. We know ours is not a problem-free life. We face many challenges on many levels. Yet You have established “boundary lines” surrounding us like a fence around a beautiful pasture, keeping us from going outside the limits of what You have for us and not allowing any dangerous element inside the fence. We Praise You, O Lord, for this place of refuge where we can be secure. 
 
We place our complete trust in You knowing You are always with us. May this time of social change be remembered for Your power, Your protection, Your provision, Your presence, and Your abounding love.
 
I Praise Your holy name!
 
In Jesus’ name,
 
Amen
 
Betsy Price


Day 39

 

We Follow A Faithful God – Ever Present, Full of Grace
 

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to thy name, O Most High, to declare thy steadfast love in the morning, and thy faithfulness by night” (Psalm 92: 1, 2 RSV)
 
Father, You are faithful to me, because You have decided that I am Yours.
When I confess my sin, You forgive again.
When I am distracted from You, You are ever present still, waiting for my affections to return.
When I am headed in my own direction, You let me stumble so You may catch me and point me back to the path of blessing.
When I seek You, You are there to be found.
When You call me out to follow You, You pursue me and prepare the way.
 
We will speak of your faithfulness to remind ourselves that the gods of this world change.  Idols are as fickle in their promises as are we who create them. On them we cannot rely.
 
As You are faithful, produce faithfulness in us, by your Spirit  (Gal 5:22) – not blind faith but rather trust and steady attentiveness to You who undergirds our every breath.
 
Amen
 
Andy Morris


Day 40

 

Today Is Pentecost!
 

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the day Christians around the world remember the giving of the Holy Spirit and God entering into covenant with His new creation, the Church. Arguably, Pentecost is as significant to the Church as Easter is to each believer. Yet for many, it is just another Sunday.

Pentecost has deep significance to God, and is profoundly important for both Jews and Christians.

This day is Shavuot on the Jewish calendar, also called by Jews, Pentecost. Shavuot marks the end of 50 days, called ‘Counting of the Omer”. These 50 days began the day after the Passover, when Israel was set free from slavery to Pharaoh. The 50 days ended when Moses received the Torah on Mount Sinai, Israel entered into covenant with God, and agreed to live by His divine law, teaching, and directions. During their journey from Egypt to Mount Sinai, God taught Moses and the Israelites who He was and His plans for them.

Each element of Israel’s 50 days parallels the disciple’s 50 days with Jesus.

The day after Passover is Easter Sunday. From the day Jesus was resurrected till the day the followers of Jesus received the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem, or Mount Zion, was 50 days – hence, of course, the name ‘Pentecost’. Just as Israel was set free from slavery to Pharaoh, Christians were set free from slavery – only for us, set free from slavery to sin, death, and satan – when Jesus was resurrected on the first of the 50 days. The disciples were taught by Jesus about the Kingdom of God between His resurrection and ascension. Israel entered into covenant with God on Mount Sinai – a figurative marriage – and were given the Torah to guide and direct them into a deeper relationship with God. Believers entered into covenant with God on Mount Zion, and the Church, the Bride of Christ, was born. On Pentecost, Christians were given God Himself – in the person of the Holy Spirit – to guide and direct them into a deeper relationship with Him.

God came down with fire on Mount Sinai when He delivered the Torah. God came down with tongues of fire when He imparted the Holy Spirit to His followers on Mount Zion. The giving of the Torah began a relationship with God that culminated in the giving of the Holy Spirit, and the world has never been the same. The giving of the Holy Spirit will, one day, reach a final culmination when the New Jerusalem will come down bringing heaven to earth.

As we worship God on this Sunday, thank Him for His indescribable gift received on Pentecost – Himself, living in each believer!

You have not come to a mountain (Mount Sinai) that can be touched and is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further words be spoken to them, because they could not hear what was commanded . . . But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God” (Hebrews 12: 18 – 20, 22 NIV).

But I tell you the truth: it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you . . . But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16: 7, 13 NIV).

Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1: 4, 5 NIV).

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” (Acts 2: 1 – 4 NIV).

Father, Almighty God, who are we that you should bless us with Your presence, Your Holy Spirit living in the tabernacle of our hearts? We bless Your name, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Lord, by the power of Your Spirit make us more like Jesus every day. We repent and consecrate our lives to You, trusting that you are good and there is no place better to put who we are and what we have than into your hands. Help each of us to be found worthy of the unimaginable gift of Yourself. We rest today in the Psalm that says:

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You have made them rulers over the works of your hands; you have put everything under their feet” (Psalm 8: 3 – 5 NIV, 2011 Translation).

Oh God, by the power of your Holy Spirit that dwells in every believer, let these prophetic words be proven true as we surrender our lives to You, for Your purposes and Your glory.

Thank you, Jesus, for the indescribable gift of Your Spirit. Today, help us to understand, in a deeper way, the magnitude of this gift and Your sacrifice that made this ‘giving’ a reality.

I pray this in the name of Jesus,

Amen

John Van Wagoner