We’re missing out on hearing His small, still voice trying to guide and direct us. Our thoughts are not on Him as they should be, but instead, it’s on our next meal or activity to do.
Prayer changes things… it changes lives, it changes circumstances, it heals broken hearts, it heals the sick, it calms the storms, it makes the impossible — possible! There’s power in prayer because we’re speaking to the ONE who has the power to do anything!
I was made aware and stirred to take action on this challenge by a friend on Facebook, Dana Susan Beasley (AngelArts.biz).
The inspiration behind this challenge is brought about by Mark Batterson’s ebook,
Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge
“The goal of the forty-day prayer challenge isn’t to get what you want by day 40. In fact, the goal isn’t to get what you want at all. The goal is to figure out what God wants, what God wills. Then you start circling it in prayer and don’t stop until God answers.”
[Side Note:] The book mentioned above by Mark Batterson is not KJV based, but I will be using only KJV Bible verses in all my devotions that I share on my blog here. What I share in my 40 day prayer challenge will be my “own” thoughts that the Lord leads me to share, although I will also share what I read from the book at times.
It’s NOT necessary to buy the book for you to do the prayer challenge. I only bought the book because I love reading stories about answered prayer and I’m just seeking to learn more about the topic right now. I have enjoyed the great quotes about prayer, etc., but again, you’re NOT required to buy the book to participate.
You can start ANY time by just following through each day. My posts are just provided for some motivation and to share my thoughts each day about prayer.
This challenge in itself is Biblical… Jesus prayed and fasted 40 days. The real purpose is to develop a real prayer life — that’s consistent, becoming a life-long habit.
Here’s some quotes from Mark Batterson’s book…
“The true purpose of prayer is to get into God’s presence so He can outline His agenda for us.”
“If you want God to do something new in you, you cannot keep doing the same old thing. You have to do something different.”
“When I pray at the beginning of the day, it’s like my whole day becomes a prayer. When I dial into God’s frequency in the morning, I hear His still, small voice the rest of the day.”
“When you pray to God regularly, irregular things happen on a regular basis.
“Who you know is more important than what you know. This is certainly true for the children of God. Who you know — the Heavenly Father — is far more important than what you know.”
“If God can change the heart of Pharaoh, He can help you find favor with anybody and everybody.”
Please join me in the 40 Day Prayer Challenge!
“Pray without ceasing.”
I Thessalonians 5:17
Start today. Start learning a bit about prayer by looking up some Bible verses on prayer. Many of our Bible heroes prayed 3 times a day. I believe they prayed all through the day…but they also “set apart” a specific time each day to pray without being side-tracked with activity or other distractions.
Determine a specific time and place each day that you will pray. Today I prayed first thing when I woke up. All throughout the day, I’m making intentional efforts to pray for others. I’m also praying for the Holy Spirit’s leading about what He wants me to pray about.
TIP: It’s also suggested that you keep a prayer journal so that you can write down your prayer requests and remember what you’ve been praying about — and to remember to praise God when He answers a prayer.
The 40 Day Prayer Challenge Journal:
- Day 40 – Break Up Your Fallow Ground: For It Is Time to Seek the Lord
- Day 39 – The Fifty Cent Prayer
- Day 38 – God Blesses When We Fear Him and Do Right
- Day 37 – What Does Your Testimony Say to the World?
- Day 36 – Wisdom is the Principal Thing; Therefore Get Wisdom!
- Day 35 – Seven Reasons Why We Don't Pray
- Day 34 – How to Pray for Missionary Wives
- Day 33 – What Should We Do When God Answers Prayer?
- Day 32 – Are You Making God Jealous?
- Day 31 – Stop the Stinking Thinking – God Wants to Use You!
- Day 30 – It's Me, Oh Lord, Standing in the Need of Prayer
- Day 29 – Oh, Don't Look Back!
- Day 28 – When to STOP Praying!
- Day 27 – Blog Hop on the Topic of Prayer
- Day 26 – Turn Every Chore Into a Prayer
- Day 25 – How Sweet Is Your Hour of Prayer?
- Day 24 – Who to Call When You're In Big Trouble
- Day 23 – Go Grab a Bigger Cup
- Day 22- A Reminder About What's Important; Consider Our Children's Future
- Day 21 – Be Still, Turn Off the Computer and Gadgets For Awhile
- Day 20 – Nevertheless Not My Will, But Thine, Be Done
- Day 19 – Help Thou Mine Unbelief – Take One More Leap of Faith
- Day 18 – Keep Circling, Don't Stop… Just One More Time Around!
- Day 17 – Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord
- Day 16 – Cry Out for Help Because God Can Change His Mind
- Day 15 – Pray Bigger Prayers Because God's Bigger Than We Realize
- Day 14 – Praying for Your Husband's Day
- Day 13 – The Most Reluctant Pray-ers in the Bible (Guest Writer)
- Day 12 – What God Teaches Us From Such Little Things
- Day 11 – What to Do When You Can't Tell Anyone About Your Trial
- Day 10 – Don't Stay in the Dark! Use the Lamp!
- Day 9 – What to Do When You're Sinking in Trouble
- Day 8 – The Solution to Every Problem and Answer to Every Question
- Day 7 – Don't Trust Worldly Wisdom That's Not Backed Up by God's Word
- Day 6 – Run, Run, Run to the Safety Zone!
- Day 5 – Falling is Not Failure — Keep Getting Back Up!
- Day 4 – Are We Trying to Short-Circuit God's Perfect Plan?
- Day 3 – How Miserable Will I Be if I Yield to the Lord Jesus?
- Day 2 – Throw Out Your Itinerary and Let God Set the Appointments