• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Prayer

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Day 1

Welcome to the first day of World Team’s 40 Days of Prayer.  For the next forty days we are calling the World Team community to pray and fast, specifically to intercede for more workers.  What a privilege it is to ‘devote ourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful’ as together we ask God to reveal His plan for World Team’s mobilization needs.

This week we challenge you to ask this question:  What if… every team worked together to mobilize all the workers necessary to achieve our global vision?

Our Vision

Innovative teams multiplying disciples and communities of believers, bringing the Gospel within reach of lost people everywhere we go.

The vision of faith has ideas about the future, which are God’s ideas. God himself is the one who “summons things that are not yet in existence as if they already were.” Vision is not a matter of seeing what is and asking why. It is far more a matter of seeing what has never been, and asking why not.   ~ Os Guiness

Jeremiah 29:11-12 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we know you work all things together for the good of those who love you and are called according to your purpose; and it brings us great joy when our will is aligned with yours. Give us soft hearts that respond to your leading and the wisdom to recognize the opportunities you want us to pursue. Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and strength to do your will – for your glory – so the nations might know Jesus Christ!

Day 2

God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshippers for himself from every tongue, tribe, and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose.   ~John Piper

Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

Prayer: Lord, you are worthy of all our praise and adoration, and we rejoice in the hope of eternity with you. We admire your goodness, we stand in awe of your power, and we celebrate your love for the nations. For the sake of your glory, open our hearts and minds to the scope and the breadth of what you are doing around the world. For your name’s sake, enlarge our vision, increase our influence, and expand our reach as members of World Team’s global missionary family.

Day 3

Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.   ~William Carey

John 15:1-5, 7-10 I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that bears not fruit He takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit; for without me you can do nothing. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue you in my love. If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept My Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to bring us into an abiding relationship with Him. Invite Him to prune us, make His words and direction clear to us. As you consider God’s love and provision, meditate on the above scripture as you pray.

Day 4

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.   ~ Hudson Taylor

Matthew 7:9-11 Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Prayer: Jehovah Jireh, you are the creator and the provider – from the beginning to the end of all time. As we pursue your Great Commission, make us ever-mindful that You have the power to accomplish all you have promised. Give us joy as we celebrate Your provision in the past and faith to imagine a future in heaven with all those whom You will deliver from the bondage of sin.  We thank You and praise You for making us a part of the Body of Christ. Give us boldness to call others into Your growing Kingdom.  Give us insights on how to welcome others into Your harvest fields.

Day 5, 6, 7

There is joy … in fulfilling a calling that fits who we are and, like the pillar of cloud and fire, goes ahead of our lives to lead us… Our gifts and destiny do not lie expressly in our parents’ wishes, our boss’s plans, our peer group’s pressures, our generation’s prospects, or our society’s demands. Rather, we each need to know our own unique design, which is God’s design for us.   ~Os Guiness

Exodus 13:22, 23 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

Prayer: Gracious Father, help us to be among those who make the glory of God their end, the Word of God their rule, the Spirit of God the guide of their affections, and the providence of God the guide of their affairs. When Israel marched, the pillar went before, and pointed out the place of encampment.  It sheltered by day from the heat, and gave light by night. Your Word is a light to our feet, a lantern to our paths, with which the Savior’s love has provided us.  We hear your voice which cries,’ I am the Light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of life’.  Help us to call more workers to join us in proclaiming your light!

Saturday and Sunday:  please reflect on the verses and prayers included in week one and continue to lift up World Team’s urgent mobilization needs!

Day 8

As we begin our second week of prayer let’s focus on, What if…we prayerfully asked the Lord to grow our global missionary family – confident that He will honor our desire to make disciples in every community where WT is called to serve around the world?

Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work.   ~ A.B. Simpson

Acts 1:14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer.

Prayer: Father, we thank you for the privilege of prayer – and the power it has to unite us together in purpose with you and with each other. Give us one mind and one heart so that together we might accomplish your perfect will. Although our missionary family is spread out across the globe, we remember that we labor together towards one common purpose.

Please grow each team in faith, in wisdom, and in number – so that we can make disciples among the unreached. Lord, forgive us for the times when we feel overwhelmed by the work that still lies ahead. In accordance with your will, give us confidence that you will provide other willing servants to join our missionary family. Give us courage to call brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ towards this end.  And though oceans and continents separate us from one another, encourage us with the knowledge that our brothers and sisters in World Team are praying for us – even as we pray for them.

Day 9

Prayer is not only asking, it is an attitude of heart that produces an atmosphere in which asking is perfectly natural, and Jesus says, “every one that asketh receiveth.   ~Oswald Chambers

Isaiah 65:24 Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for answered prayer – even when I lack the words to articulate the needs I see.  Father, purify my heart so that what I ask for is in keeping with your plan for fruitful, effective ministry with and through World Team.

Day 10

God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.   ~Hudson Taylor

Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Prayer: Father, as we consider what it means to call others to follow you, make it our desire to submit all of our ambitions, hopes, and plans into your hands. Help us follow your lead even as we challenge others to do the same.

As we grow in obedience, please strengthen our faith. As we grow in the knowledge of you, please transform our lives to make us more virtuous, temperate, charitable, and full of brotherly kindness. As we follow you, please use our testimonies and our lives to compel others towards engaging more deeply in your Great Commission!

Day 11

We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.   ~Oswald Chambers

2 Thessalonians 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power…

Prayer: Pray on behalf of your brothers and sisters in World Team’s global missionary family. Pray for God’s provision in keeping our teams healthy, united, purposeful, and effective.  Consider the special opportunities that exist in various ministry contexts around the world – in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Pray for strengthened relationships with one another and with the Lord.

Day 12, 13, 14

The history of missions is answered prayer.   ~Samuel Zwemer

2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you…

Prayer: Father God, it is your glorious cause that engages our hearts. We pray that Jesus Christ would be known wherever we are. We ask this not for ourselves, but for your renown. The cross has saved us, so we pray together “let your kingdom come”.

Help us to rejoice with our brothers and sisters around the world with each new person who comes to faith. Help us to celebrate the birth of each new church. And help us to boldly invite other people to participate in your glorious plan to redeem the nations.

(Listen and reflect on the words of Let Your Kingdom Come; Read the puritan prayer which inspired this song by following the links.)

Saturday and Sunday:  please reflect on the verses and prayers included in week two and continue to lift up World Team’s urgent mobilization needs!

Day 15

What if… every team prayed for inspiration and wisdom to find God-glorifying and innovative ways to invite other believers into World Team’s global missionary family?

As we enter week three of our prayer journey, lift up how we might discover and bring to life creative ideas that we are currently not using.  Ask God to help us think and act more interdependently.

God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on Him.   ~Hudson Taylor

James 1:5-6 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, who knows and sees all things, grant us wisdom as we engage with fellow believers. Help us communicate Your heart for the nations so that others might discover where they fit in your plan. May we be vessels through which you work to achieve your purposes for your glory?

Day 16

…find out the will of God for your generation; and then, as quickly as possible, get into line.    ~Dr. Harry Guiness

Colossians 1: 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Prayer: God, we thank you and we praise you for all those who prayed me into Your service on the mission field. Lord, I acknowledge I would not be here today if it weren’t for the fervent prayers of Your people on my behalf. Lord God, it is with that same fervor I pray today; that You might fill me with spiritual wisdom and understanding concerning my role in bringing new workers to the field.

Jesus, thank you for unifying believers as Your body. Thank you for creating me with a unique role and purpose on this field and in this mission, Your mission. Guide and direct me in my thoughts, prayers, speech and action so that I might act in accordance with Your will for me in this time and place.

Day 17

When it is a question of God’s almighty Spirit, never say, ‘I can’t.   ~Oswald Chambers

2 Chronicles 2:6-8 But who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? Who am I to build a house for him, except as a place to make offerings before him? So now send me a man skilled to work in gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and in purple, crimson, and blue fabrics, trained also in engraving, to be with the skilled workers who are with me in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided. Send me also cedar, cypress, and algum timber from Lebanon, for I know that your servants know how to cut timber in Lebanon. And my servants will be with your servants.

Prayer: Dear Father, please allow Your Holy Spirit to give me eyes to see opportunities and potential in the people I meet. Help me share their perspective, if only momentarily, in order that I can encourage them appropriately towards a good fit in the mission.

Day 18

The aim of the missionary is to do God’s will, not to be useful, not to win the heathen; he IS useful and he DOES win the heathen, but that is not his aim. His aim is to do the will of his Lord.   ~Oswald Chambers

2 Chronicles 24:13 So those who were engaged in the work labored, and the repairing went forward in their hands, and they restored the house of God to its proper condition and strengthened it.

Prayer: Father, I commit to you my speech and my actions. Use both to share the need for     co-laborers in the work of taking the Gospel among the unreached. Help me use Your Word to spur others on to faith and good-deeds. Help me share my story in a way that glorifies You and inspires others to join in the work.

Day 19, 20, 21

If the Great Commission is true, our plans are not too big; they are too small.   ~ Pat Morley

Matthew 9:36-38 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are the Lord of the Harvest! God it is only You who can recruit and mobilize the massive number of workers needed to reach the lost in this world. God I thank you and praise You that this is true because you care for your children – and all those you’ve created – far more than I ever can.

Lord, the task seems impossible and the workers far too few, but Jesus was one man who ministered to many by His life and example. In the same way, you can multiply the impact of my work and the work of those who you are bringing into full time ministry now. Even more, Lord, You can bring as many workers as needed for the remainder of the harvest! As I wait expectantly for Your second coming, I also wait expectantly to see the amazing way in which you will provide for this need. I commit myself to praying for this need daily and praying that you would continue to change my heart, making me more like you, that I might see and understand where I fit into Your perfect plan.

Saturday and Sunday:  please reflect on the verses and prayers included in week three and continue to lift up World Team’s urgent mobilization needs!

Day 22

What if…we rediscovered the joy of discipling other Christians towards fulfilling their God-given role in missions?  Imagine the intimate fellowship we will share with those we encourage to pursue a deeper relationship with Christ. As you challenge and equip others to consider their role in making His name known among the nations, may the Lord restore in us the joy of serving among the unreached.

If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?   ~ David Livingston

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.

Prayer: Father, refresh us with your spirit and remind us of the great privilege we have in serving You. Help us to call others to do the same.

As we reach out to the lost, give us opportunities to disciple the saved towards greater obedience and service. Help us to influence the people we know in ways that are pleasing to You. Inform our words and deeds with your Holy Spirit so that others would be inspired by the joy that we have in proclaiming Jesus Christ.

Encourage our hearts that we might encourage one another towards love and good deeds.

Day 23

What if… I was bold enough to grasp every opportunity to challenge others to work in the kingdom?

Tell the students to give up their small ambitions and come eastward to preach the gospel of Christ.   ~ Francis Xavier, missionary to India, the Philippines, and Japan

2 Corinthians  4:5-6 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Prayer: As you pray today:

Thank God for opening our eyes to the “light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ”

Praise Him for using us to call others into that light

Pray that He would renew our zeal to see the Gospel go forth into all the nations

Ask for the courage to challenge other believers to give up their small ambitions in the pursuit of making God’s glorious name known to the ends of the earth

Day 24

What if…I saw the potential of other believers as kingdom-workers as Jesus sees them?

It is possible for the most obscure person in a church, with a heart right toward God, to exercise as much power for the evangelization of the world, as it is for those who stand in the most prominent positions.   ~John R. Mott

2 Timothy 2: 1-3, 11 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus…  If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.

Prayer: Father, we know that it is by Your strength alone that we live and move and have our being. We praise you for filling ordinary men and women with your Holy Spirit to proclaim Your extraordinary plan to redeem the nations.

As we invite other believers to join us in serving You on the mission field, we pray that You would help us to see them as you see them. Give us discernment to know who You are calling to bring the Gospel cross-culturally.

Give us courage to challenge believers to “take up their cross” in new ways. Give us confidence in Your ability to use and strengthen them in a life of service. Give us greater faith in Your faithfulness. And give us joy as we disciple those whom we influence towards fulfilling their call in the Great Commission.

Day 25

What if…I REALLY understood the privilege it is to labor for the only thing that is worthwhile – the glory of God –and lived like it?

Never pity missionaries; envy them. They are where the real action is – where life and death, sin and grace, Heaven and Hell converge.   ~ Robert C. Shannon

Matthew 10:32, 38 So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven…  And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.  Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Prayer:

Thank God for:

  • Loving us and keeping our eyes set on eternal truths
  • Showing us His power to transform individuals, communities, and even nations
  • Drawing us into His glorious kingdom and allowing us to extend that call to others

Ask forgiveness for:

  • Being afraid to challenge other Christians towards a life of service and suffering for the sake of Jesus Christ
  • Forgetting that the Gospel demands that we lay down our lives – and that we call others to do the same – so that one day we may share in His glory

Ask God to:

  • Fill us with the confidence, the courage, and the compassion we need to accomplish His purpose
  • To quicken our step and give us joy as we call others towards obedience and service

Day 26, 27 & 28

What if…my zeal to recruit new kingdom-workers was equal to that of David in Psalm 69:9 and Jesus in John 2:17?

This generation of Christians is responsible for this generation of souls on the earth!   ~Keith Green

James 2:14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we praise You for Your work throughout history. We thank you for the testimony of the faithful saints who came before us – and we pray that our lives would be characterized by the same passion and zeal that has grown the church over thousands of years.

Lord, we also pray that You would keep us from being lukewarm in either our disposition or our efforts. Help us to use each day, each hour, and each minute in purposeful and glorifying ways. And as we labor, remind us of our dependence upon You for our sanctification, for our security, and for our success in spreading Your word around the world.

Expose the many sins of our generation – and grant us forgiveness for not calling one another to lives of ongoing repentance and faith. In our weaknesses, teach us to depend upon Your strength. Though our vision is often dimmed by the shadows in our fallen world, please give us the courage we need to call those in our midst to shine as bright lights in a crooked and perverse generation.

Heavenly Father, will You refresh our hearts, renew our minds, and make manifest our faith – so that we would bring You glory in both word and in deed now and forever.

Day 29

What if…I pursued new ways of working with others?  As we pray Father, prepare our hearts to actively serve one another and to work together in meekness, by listening, helping, bearing each other’s burdens and through building mutual trust.  Father, give us your heart for the nations and help us to destroy the barriers that keep us from working together in unity and peace!

We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.   ~John Stott

I Corinthians 3:8-10 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.

Prayer: Jesus, make me more like You. Make me humble enough to pursue the good of the body over selfish gain. Set my mind on things above, not on earthly things that I may become an advocate for the mission as a whole, not just my field or team. Burden my heart to understand the needs of the world are equal to the needs in my area. Grant me a desire to see those needs met in addition to my own.

Day 30

What if…others looking at me saw harmony and humility in all my interactions with people?

It is impossible to get exhausted in work for God. We get exhausted because we try to do God’s work in our own way.   ~Oswald Chambers

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Prayer: Lord, you know the nature of my heart. You know that even your disciples vied for a place next to you and argued as they served. Lord, it is part of my sinful nature to think more highly of myself than I ought, to think things should be done in my way, in my time. God, as your servants we all fall prey to this type of thinking, and yet, it is used of the enemy for dividing us!

Jesus, in Your name I pray against divisiveness. Cast out pride found within me and my team. Cast out a sense of ownership and desire for control. Jesus, we know that the enemy prowls around like a lion, seeking to kill and destroy; let it not be so!

Make me discerning. Make me aware. Unite us that we might stand for you together and work together for your purposes, free from the distraction of sin and pride. I claim the truth that it is Your all-surpassing power that will enable this work to be done. Your perfect power, Your perfect will and not my own.  I claim Your victory in this and every situation.

I love you, Lord, and commit these concerns to you.

Day 31

What if…I understood my co-workers and related to them as Christ would?

When a man gets to despair, he knows that all his thinking will never get him out. He will only get out by the sheer creative effort of God. Consequently he is in the right attitude to receive from God that which he cannot gain for himself.   ~Oswald Chambers

Acts 16:25-27 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us work together! Lord, grant me understanding for my brothers and sisters in the mission enough to proclaim their needs as well as my own. May we be linked by Your vision for seeing the lost come into relationship with You. May we keep You at the forefront of all our ministry and interactions, trusting You for the words to speak. Dear Lord, You do the work, let me be merely a vessel!

Day 32

What if…I put others first in all things today?

The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.   ~Henry Martyn

Psalm 63:7-9 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Prayer: Ask God to reveal what you are clinging to and what makes you sing.

Day 33, 34, 35

What if…I prayed for my co-worker that I do not see eye to eye with until all the disappointment, bitterness and frustration were removed from my heart?

The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists of listening to them. Just as love of God begins with listening to his word, so the beginning of love for our brothers and sisters is learning to listen to them.

It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements in comparison with what we owe others.

I can no longer condemn or hate a brother [or sister] for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me is transformed through intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died.   ~ Series of quotes from, Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Ephesians 4:2-6 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Prayer: Jesus make me humble as You were humbled even to the point of death on the cross. Lord, make me generous towards my brothers and sisters, generous enough to be slow to speak and quick to listen; just as You are faithful to listen to my prayers and petitions.

God, transform my mind and heart that I might see my teammates as you see them and love them as you love them.

Day 36

What if…we remember together where we’ve been and trust God to direct our future for His glory.  The legacies of our mission present us with a great cloud of witnesses. Those who have come before us have lifted thousands into the joyous knowledge of our God and Savior; they have in the process effected social change, liberated men and women from the bondage of ignorance, educated the masses, paved the way to religious freedom, healed the sick and fed the hungry.

This legacy has stood the test of time and continues to bear fruit. During this last week of our 40 days of prayer, ask God to use us to draw new workers into the harvest, so that His name will continue to be proclaimed among unreached peoples.

Reflection on what God has done is an exercise from which we may draw inspiration and confident expectation for what lies ahead.   ~Joe Conley

Joshua 1:5-9 No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you… Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go… Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Prayer: Reflect on Joshua 1 and remember that God will never forsake us; that He can give us strength and courage. Pray about those things that allow us to become discouraged and ask God to teach us to trust Him.  Even for more workers to join our missionary family!

Day 37

What if…I made a list of all the ways in which God’s grace was shown to me over the past two weeks?

With true gratitude there is such a delight in the worth of God’s past grace , that we are driven on to experience more and more of it in the future… it is done by transforming gratitude into faith as it turns from contemplating the pleasures of past grace and starts contemplating the promises of the future.   ~John Piper

1 Chronicles 16:11-12 Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered… Continue reading… 1 Chronicles 16:13-30

Prayer: Lord, it is with true gratitude that I reflect on how You have demonstrated Your grace to me in the past. Thank you! Thank you for giving us Jesus. Thank you for making me Your own, even in my sinful state. Thank you for using me in spite of myself.

Transform my thankfulness into faith for things unseen. Make me like Abraham and Sarah. Drive me towards a deeper understanding of who You are. Enable me to trust in You more fully with each passing day.

Help me lay my concerns on the altar and to put aside obstacles to increased faith.  Help me to cling only to a growing knowledge of who You are and what You are seeking to do.

I love you, Lord and I praise You, for you deserve all honor, all glory and all praise!

Day 38

What if…you knew that your interaction with people today will result in them one day singing with you around the throne “Worthy is the Lamb!”?

History moves swiftly toward its consummation in the supreme exaltation of Jesus Christ, when he shall have gathered his own from among every people, tribe, and nation.   ~Joe Conley

Revelation 5:6-12 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song:

“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

Prayer: Reflect on the marvelous works of our Heavenly Father. He alone is worthy to be praised!  Ask God to use you to draw others into service for Him so that people from every tribe, language, people and nation will have an opportunity to know and praise Him!

Day 39

What if…I saw my sorrows, failures, and disappointments today as the teaching methods of a loving Father?

We give glory to God when we trust him to do what he has promised to do – especially when all human possibilities are exhausted.   ~John Piper

Deuteronomy 8:1-3 “The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the LORD swore to give to your fathers. And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for testing us, humbling us, teaching us what we did now know, delivering us, calling us out of darkness and into the Light that we may walk in the Light as you are in the light. Help us press on and to trust you with the impossible.

Help us remember the promises of your word, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

Father we humbly come before you and acknowledge that only in total dependence upon You will we ever be effective in reaching people for You.  Lord, from our hearts we cry out for more workers, for people to come along side of us to serve. We come before you asking for Your help and wisdom so that Your work might multiply throughout this land and around the world.

Day 40

What if…my only desire was to desire the will of God?

The will of God – nothing less, nothing more, nothing else.   ~ F.E. Marshe

Psalm: 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

Prayer:

Praise to the Lord who o’er all things so wonderfully reigneth
Shelters thee under His wings
Yea, so gently sustaineth
Hast thou not seen how thy desires ere have been
Granted in what He ordaineth

From “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”

By Joachim Neander, 1680. Music: Erneuerten Gesangbuch, 1665

This is the last day of our 40 days of prayer and fasting. We trust that God has touched your heart and that in total dependence upon Him, we are ready to mobilize workers for the harvest.

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