40 DAYS OF PRAYER
“They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”—Acts 2:42
The book of Acts confirms that one of the keys to fruitful evangelism—personal and overall effectiveness in ministry—is fervent prayer. When they wanted to see souls saved and lives changed, the early church prayed…and God answered! And even 2,000 years later, prayer remains the key!
How can you participate?
Set aside quality time to seek the Lord both privately and with other believers through personal prayer, Bible reading or participation in prayer meetings.
Practice fasting* or some form of self-denial. Here are a few possibilities:
- Fast from solid food one or more days, or part of a day each week
- Engage in a partial fast by refraining from certain foods
- Limit (or perhaps eliminate) your indulgence in one or more of your usual pleasure practices (TV, a favorite hobby or sport, etc.)
*Please note: If you are under a physician’s care, consult with him before fasting.
The following prayer agenda will make both private and group prayer times more meaningful and effective. Spend time…
- Praising God and adoring Him for who He is (Matt. 6:9). You can use Scripture to praise Him (Psalm 103, 145, 150). Be still before Him and enjoy His Presence (Psalm 46:10). Also use this time to allow God to speak to you through His Word.
- Giving thanks for all things that God has allowed to be a part of your everyday life (Phil. 4:6–7). This includes thanking Him for specific blessings, people, open doors, guidance, loving kindness and faithfulness (Psalm 100:4–6).
- Asking for God to search your heart for areas that displease Him (Psalm 139:23–24). Allow God to cleanse your heart of any unconfessed sin (Psalm 51:10–13). Be sure to repent, asking and accepting His forgiveness.
- Praying for not-yet-believers (John 3:16–17), including friends, family members, neighbors and your community. Pray especially for those who have heard the Word, but their hearts are still hardened to the Voice of God (Col. 1:9–10).
- Praying for God to show Himself powerful in the midst of the nations as a subtle reminder that God is sovereign and righteous, and that the lost will bow before Him and "…every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord." (1 Tim 2:1–2)
- Praying for believers whose specific needs you have been made aware of, such as food, shelter, healthcare and restored hope for the future (Jas. 5:16, Phil. 4:19).
- PRAISING AND THANK GOD FOR ANSWERED PRAYER! (I Chron. 16:34–36, Psalm 105:1, Psalm 18:49)