40 DAYS OF PRAYER

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Life doesn’t always go as planned.

God wants to help you handle uncertainty when it comes your way. He is ready and willing to give you a breakthrough, but breakthroughs happen when you seek them through prayer. 40 Days of Prayer is a spiritual growth series and church-wide campaign that will teach us how to cultivate a powerful prayer life and experience God like never before. Don’t miss a single weekend of this life-changing series.

LIFE GROUPS

This six-week gathering is open to all men and women. The interactive curriculum includes a Bible study taught on video by Pastor Rick Warren, followed by a guided discussion time where you are able to engage and apply the principles to your own life. Some of the topics you’ll cover include the purpose of prayer, praying with confidence, prayer patterns, praying for a breakthrough, and more.

BOOKS

This all-in-one workbook is the hub of engagement during this series! The workbook contains the study guide for each small group lesson, daily prayer prompts, space for weekly sermon notes, and suggestions for further study. Books are available at kiosks in the Sanctuary and Hearin Hall. You may also purchase online.


Browse through Scripture, and you’ll notice the number 40 is about as popular as Taylor Swift’s Instagram.

  • The Great Flood lasted for 40 days (Genesis 7:12)…
  • Moses spent 40 days on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 34:28)…
  • The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 days (Numbers 14:33)…
  • Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days (Matthew 4:2)…

The number 40 represents something so beautiful: A period of preparation and cleansing (through fasting, prayer, and almsgiving) for something great that is coming. Lent is the perfect time to refresh our hearts and refocus ourselves on what really matters. That is why we give up the things (good and bad) that distract us and lead us away from God.
 
Lent is so much more than meaningless abstinence. It is about giving up the little things to grow in our ability to not give in to the larger things. It is about growing in patience with ourselves and in relationship with God through prayer. It is about remembering God’s incredible mercy and His never-ending desire to forgive us – to forgive you, to forgive me. It is about growing in humility; because the sooner we recognize we can’t do it all on our own, the quicker we realize God has it all under control.
 
Yet, we remain human, and we forget these simple realities. So, we must be reminded that attaining sainthood isn’t just a luxury for the few, but a reality for us all. This Lent, when you find yourself needing a little extra push to fight harder, see clearer, wait better… look no further than right here.
 
And, remember 40 days is really not as long as you think it is.

SERMONS

(40 DAYS OF PRAYER INTRO) Winnie the Pooh, John the Baptist, & The Incredible Hulk – Mark 9:2-9

Pastor Todd Henderson

Pastor Greg Leonard

40 Days of Prayer: Week 1— “Do You Really Want to Grow Up? Ephesians 4:1-16

Brian Westbrook

Pastor Todd Henderson

40 Days of Prayer: Week 2— A Beginner’s Guide to Prayer 1 John 5:13-15

Pastor Todd Henderson

Pastor Jaime Pangman

40 Days of Prayer: Week 3- The Most Important Thing About You Psalm 100:1-5 

Pastor Todd Henderson

Pastor Jaime Pangman

40 Days of Prayer: Week 4— Which Direction Do I Pray?  Psalms 139:1-14, 23-24 

40 Days of Prayer: Week 5- How to Pray Throughout Your Day Ephesians 6:10-20 

40 Days of Prayer: Week 6— How to Pray for Healing and Restoration 2 Chronicles 7:14; Mark 11:1-11

40 Days of Prayer: When Easter Seems Broken for Me Mark 16:1-8