Category Archives: 40 Day Prayer Challenge

Day 31

I am now 31 days in to the “40 Day Prayer Challenge”.  As mentioned before, I highly recommend this book by Mark Batterson.

Draw the Circle

Through the daily readings, I have learned a lot about prayer and have grown in persevering in prayer.  For this 40 day prayer challenge, I am praying for miraculous provision as we complete our church building project.  We are on the home stretch and hope to be moved back in at the end of May.

Let me share with you some of what I have experienced through this prayer challenge:

  1. I have a renewed sense of purpose.  God is using me as an intercessor which is laying the foundation for what he is doing.  How great is that?
  2. Through prayer, God is speaking to me, giving creative ideas and solutions for some of the challenges we have faced.
  3. With my own eyes, I am seeing God’s daily provision.  Few things build faith like answered prayer that you can see with your own eyes.
  4. Since the Lord is on the move in such a mighty way, I have also experienced spiritual attack from the enemy, both in my physical body and in our finances.  The Holy Spirit has reminded me that when we take a stance to be intercessors, often we can undergo spiritual attack in the area we are praying over.  Thankfully, our enemy has already been defeated (past tense) because of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Our job is to stand firm in that victory.

My 40 days of prayer “just so happens” to end on Resurrection Sunday, I can’t wait to get to church that morning and worship and celebrate my risen Savior.  May He get the glory for all He has done, is doing and will continue to do!

Your Friend in Ministry,

Name3

The First 10 Days

As mentioned in this post, click here to read, on March 14th I began to “Draw the Circle” and embark upon a 40 day prayer challenge.

Draw the Circle

The daily devotionals are rich and full of inspiration and encourage me that my prayers are the catalyst for what God will do.  Here is a summary statement (from the author) of each of the 10 days so far:

Day 1 – “If you pray to God regularly, irregular things will happen on a regular basis.”

Day 2 – “God is great not just because nothing is too big for Him; God is also great because nothing is too small”.

Day 3 – “If we give more of ourselves to God, God will give more of Himself to us.”

Day 4 – “Sometimes God delivers us from our problems; sometimes God delivers us through our problems.”

Day 5 – “The shortest pencil is longer than the longest memory.”

Day 6 – “The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered simply because they go unasked.”

Day 7 – “If you want to see God move, make a move.”

Day 8 – “One God-idea is worth more than a thousand good ideas.”

Day 9 – “Never underestimate the power of a single prayer.”

Day 10 – “Bold prayers honor God and God honors bold prayers.”

For each of the past 10 days, I have been reading the daily prayer devotional and praying for our church building project as it nears its completion.  I am praying for abundant, even miraculous, provision and peace for all involved.  The goal is to occupy our building in May, and that glorious day can’t come soon enough!

The prayer challenge was going well until Day 9.  Day 9 is when something happened that was in direct opposition to my prayers and that’s when it became challenging.  The sub-title of this book is “The 40 Day Prayer Challenge”.  Challenge – what an interesting word, with many definitions:

Challenge –

  1. A demand for explanation or justification; a calling into question: a challenge to a theory.
  2. A test of one’s abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking: a career that offers a challenge.
  3. To call to engage in a contest, fight, or competition: challenged me to a game of chess.
  4. To invite with defiance; dare: challenged him to contradict her.
  5. To summon to action, effort, or use; stimulate: a problem that challenges the imagination.
  6. To make or give voice to a challenge.

Each of the above definitions, of challenge, has become meaningful 10 days into this “40 Day Prayer Challenge”.

  1. I am questioning my previous beliefs about prayer, I believed for far too little.
  2. My abilities and resources are being challenged (but God’s are not!).
  3. There is a spiritual fight going on, thankfully God will win.  My prayers help to ensure that.
  4. My enemy is trying to defy what I am doing.
  5. I am being summoned to action and my faith is being put to use.
  6. The author of this book gave voice to a prayer challenge and I’m so glad he did.

Because of the encouragement of this little book, I know the circumstances nine days into this prayer challenge are not the final answer.  I am looking forward to how the Lord will work and move in this situation.  What appears challenging to us is easy-peasy for Him.  God hasn’t gotten us this far to ditch us now!

What are you praying for?  Are you being challenged?  Let’s pray this prayer of faith together:

“Father, You are good and faithful.  Things that seem challenging to me are no problem for You.  Give me the faith I need to press on, knowing that challenges are what help me grow.  May my faith become stronger and may it please you.  In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen.”

Your Friend in Ministry,

Name3

 

 

 

 

Let the Challenge Begin . . .

This past summer, I read a simple little book that changed me.  The Circle Maker, (click here to check it out) by Mark Batterson, encouraged me to seek the Lord for His plans and purposes and then get serious about praying them.  This practice has had significant impact upon my prayers for my family.

Draw the Circle

I recently heard about Draw the Circle, (click here) the follow-up to The Circle Maker.  It came in the mail this Wednesday, 3/12.  I began to read it that very night.  The introduction laid out a plan for a 40 day prayer challenge by answering the following questions:

  • Who should I do the prayer challenge with?  Your small group, friends, family, don’t do it alone.
  • What should I circle?  Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what to pray about.  He will show you what to concentrate your prayers upon for this next season.  As you seek Him for what to pray about, also seek Him about what Scripture He wants you to “circle”.  This verse/s becomes the basis for your prayers.
  • When should I take the challenge?  The most important thing is not when you do it, but that you start a specific start or end date.  This keeps you focused and on task.
  • Where should I pray?  Determine this by setting a regular time and place to pray each day.  At the beginning of your day, during your quiet time, would be a great place to add this prayer time.

Care to join me on this prayer challenge?  You don’t need the book (although I recommend it as each day gives a daily devotional with testimonies and encouragement).  All you need is a desire to pray for whatever the Lord lays on your heart, the ability to find a Scripture to pray, and the discipline to do it for 40 days.

I sensed the Holy Spirit leading me to “circle” our church’s building project.  I have been in prayer about it all along.  However, now that we are on the home stretch, I have a sense of urgency to pray more fervently and specifically.

I started this challenge on 3/12.  I counted 40 days and my challenge will end on 4/20 – Easter.  What a wonderful day to end a prayer challenge, by putting my hope in our risen Savior.  According to Ephesians 1:19-20, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is alive and living in you and me!  If that doesn’t fuel our prayers, I don’t know what will -smile-!

I will be reading the daily devotional and praying in the wee hours of the morning, which will fit nicely into my normal daily routine.

Over the next 40 days, I look forward to sharing how the Lord works through this prayer challenge and I would LOVE to hear if you will join me and what you will be praying about.  You can leave a comment by clicking on “Leave a reply” under the title of this blog post.

Your Friend in Ministry,

Name3