40 Days of Prayer

I love lists! I even love thinking of things to list!

I haven’t figured out if I like the idea of organizing something because so much in life seems unorganized, or, it’s just one more reason not to get started on the items that are on the list. But, if you think about that too much, it would be another reason to create a list…

But, this is a special list. A list to remember and the best thing about it is it can be changed and rearranged as much as you want. We all need something, more of something and I bet there’s at least one thing on this list and more likely many, that you would like to have.

This is a prayer list. For 40 days, I plan to pray this list. Now, you can use this list or you can make your own, but I encourage you to make one and use it to talk to our Savior. Better yet, talk to Him while you’re making it. He has a knack for opening our eyes to the things we need most.

1. Wisdom & Understanding–If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)

2. Spiritual Growth–But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (II Peter 3:18)

3. Humility–Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)

4. Leadership–Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)

5. Faithfulness–I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him. (Psalms 40:1-3)

6. Discernment–The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. (I Corinthians 2:14)

7. Purity–Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand. (Daniel 12:10)

8. Determination–I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (II Timothy 4:7)

9. Perseverance–Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-4)

10. Stewardship–Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (Malachi 3:10)

11. Transparency–Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. (Psalms 32:2)

12. Integrity–Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:9-10)

13. Open-mindedness–The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (II Corinthians 4:4)

14. Self-control–Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. (Proverbs 25:28)

15. Selflessness–Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4)

16. Protection–The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)

17. Strength–But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. (Isaiah 40:31)

18. Honor–Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. (Titus 3:1-2)

19. Focus–Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. (Psalms 1:1-6)

20. Patience–Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. (James 5:7-8)

21. Peace–Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

22. Maturity–So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

23. Joy–Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (Psalms 51:12)

24. Forgiveness–Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. (Luke 6:37)

25. Mentorship–Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

26. Balance–Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalms 62:1-2)

27. Energy–To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. (Colossians 1:29)

28. Purpose–And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

29. Mindfulness–They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. (Nehemiah 9:17)

30. Obedience–Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:12-13)

31. God-seeking–From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.  God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ (Acts 17:26-28)

32. Surrender–Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:39)

33. Service–Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)

34. Resistance–Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

35. Commitment–Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)

36. Discipline–For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (II Timothy 1:7)

37. Charity–Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

38. Healing–My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

39. Hope–Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)

40. Love–Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (I Corinthians 13:4-8)

No matter what’s on your list, God always answers with what we need and His timing is perfect. Would love for you to share your stories of God working in your life. God bless you!

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