40 Days of Prayer
Every year we take the forty days leading up to Resurrection Sunday as a period of focused prayer together as a church, and this year there are four ways we want you to join in:
PRAY THROUGH THE 40 DAYS PRAYER GUIDE
This year’s guide is structured around the “armor of God” passage from Ephesians 6:10–18. At the top of each week, you’ll see a verse or two from that section of Scripture, and each day of prayer during that week will be built on that theme. Be sure to read each week’s verses, maybe even daily, as you pray throughout that week. Hard copies are available in the MCBC Welcome Center, or you can download a digital copy below.
PRAY FOR YOUR ONE
In the hard copy of the prayer guide, be sure to write the first name of someone who is far from God in the blank in the top margin on each set of pages, and make it a point to pray for that person by name each day in these 40 Days. Ask God to shine the light of the gospel in his or her life (2 Corinthians 4:4–6), to send someone to that person with the gospel (Matthew 9:37–38), and even to open doors for you to be the one to share the good news with that person (Colossians 4:3–4). Look for opportunities during these days to share the gospel and to invite that person to join us at MCBC.
Also available in our Welcome Center is the book Is Easter Unbelievable? This little book by Rebecca McLaughlin does an excellent job at communicating the historical truth of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, and shows how Christ’s sacrificial death is what we need for forgiveness and relationship with God. Be sure to pick up a copy (or two or three!) of this book to giveaway to the person you are praying for as well as for others who are far from God.
JOIN US ON MONDAY MORNINGS FOR PRAYER
Our sanctuary will be open on Monday mornings from 6:15–6:45am for a time of prayer. There will be no teaching during this time, just an open space for all who are interested to gather to pray. You can pray silently or out loud, you can stay for five minutes or for the entire time. But if you’re able, join us on Mondays throughout the 40 Days to begin our work weeks with prayer.
FAST AND PRAY ON THURSDAYS
Additionally, many of us will be setting aside Thursdays as a day for fasting and prayer. If you are not familiar with the practice of fasting, take a few minutes to read this blog post on our Pastors’ Blog on fasting. If you’re able, consider spending these days, or other days during the 40 Days, to seek the Lord through fasting and prayer.
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