40 Days of Prayer Devotionals – Day 7

Devotional Day 7

Day 7 – The Challenge Before Us

As we end this week of preparation, we hope you have benefited from the daily devotionals. It is our prayer that you share our desire for national healing, revival in the church and salvation for the lost in our community.

Tomorrow starts our 40 day event of focused prayer. We anticipate struggles with maintaining this schedule. It is easy to be excited and motivated during the planning and early days but our schedules are full. Work, family and even church commitments can drain our energy and distract us from obedient service to God.

For many of you, today, Easter Sunday, will be filled with activities celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let the gospel truth of His redemptive work motivate and strengthen you. As part of your worship today, meditate on the things God has shown you this week. Be encouraged with the knowledge that you have a High Priest who can sympathize with our weakness and in all points has faced the temptations, which beset us.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

 Resource

If you would like more information about 40 Days of Prayer, including how you can download a PDF copy of the information and link with us on social media, visit our website: sycamoredecatur.com/40DaysofPrayer

40 Days of Prayer Devotionals – Day 6

Devotional Day 6

Day 6 – Praying in Confidence (Proverbs 21:1; James 5:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 2 Chronicles 7:14)

Why prayer? Wouldn’t a petition or letter writing campaign to political leaders, to those who can really make a difference be more effective? While appealing to national leaders can be an effective means of driving change, the intent of the 40 Days of Prayer is to address sin – the root cause of the reason we need change. Meaningful, lasting change starts in the heart of each individual. Through prayer, we make an appeal to the only One who effects this change, the One who can direct the ways of our leaders (Proverbs 21:1).

More importantly, God instructs us to pray. Knowing this is His will, we may pray in confidence that He will hear our cry (James 5:13-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 2 Chronicles 7:14).

The Challenge

Effective prayer requires faith, humility, and repentance. Take this day to confess sin and seek repentance. Humble yourself before God and give thanks for the atoning work of Christ. Make prayer your first priority, not your last resort.

Resource

If you would like more information about 40 Days of Prayer, including how you can download a PDF copy of the information and link with us on social media, visit our website: sycamoredecatur.com/40DaysofPrayer