40 Days of Prayer: Week 6
I want us to take the six weeks (7/24-8/28) leading up to the Fall semester to pray as a church. This is Week Six. As well, every Tuesday morning, I will lead a time of prayer at the church office (910 Collier St, Suite 200, Fort Worth, TX 76102), from 7-8am. I would love for you to join me.
Our Hope is in the Spirit to Give us Wisdom
This last week in our 40 Days of Prayer together we will declare that our hope is in the Spirit to give us wisdom. As a church we have some decisions and directions to consider, we need wisdom. Perhaps there is something in front of you personally and you need wisdom. Let us ask our Father, who, as James says, gives generously,
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints
Because of this, will you join me in putting your hope in the Spirit for wisdom? Ask the Spirit to show you where you have not put your hope in Him. Ask Him for the ability to trust Him in those areas. Declare that your hope is in Him who gives generously.
Example Prayers based on PRDX365 reading (Psalms 83-89):
On Tuesday ask God to “teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Ps. 90:12) On Wednesday meditate on dwelling “in the shelter of the Most High.” (Ps. 91:1) Friday declare that “The Lord reigns’ he is robed in majesty” (Ps. 93:1).
As you read your bible or just consider God’s promises and your need, depending on where you are in your heart you can:
• Praise – Thank God for how He has blessed you with the Spirit of Wisdom (Eph. 1:17).
• Ask – Ask God if there is someone in the church he wants you to encourage specifically. Wait. Listen
• Lament – Tell God where you have not trusted Him or how you have leaned on your own ability or wisdom.
• Intercede – Ask God to grant wisdom to His church.
More Info on 40 Days of Prayer:
Seasons of intentional prayer, where we posture ourselves before Jesus in expectant dependency, are important for any church—I believe this is a necessity for our church family at this time. Prayer is the practice of being in His presence and receiving His blessings—doing nothing, in complete dependence on Jesus.
Each week we will pray about one of three overarching themes: Affections for Jesus, Love for Others, and Wisdom for our Church. As we work toward planting churches, maturing as a church, and growing in our dependence on the Holy Spirit, we need to start the Fall off with intentional time of prayer. Here’s what we will pray for specifically each week:
Affections for Jesus
• Week 1 – We Confess our Dependence on Jesus
• Week 2 – We Need to Know the Love of Christ for Us
Love for Others
• Week 3 – Call us to Love Others Through Hospitality
• Week 4 – Call us to Proclaim you Through Bold Evangelism
Wisdom for our Church
• Week 5 – Our Hope is in the Spirit to Give us Wisdom
• Week 6 – Our Trust is in you for Favor
Our 40 Days of Prayer will coincide with PRDX365, our daily bible reading plan—so if you haven’t jumped in or have fallen out of rhythm with your reading, jump back on! Each week we’ll post a blog with the theme we will be praying about, along with some examples of what those prayers could look like. As you do your daily PRDX365 reading, and throughout the day, together as a church we can “present our requests to God.”
As well, every Tuesday morning, I will lead a time of prayer at the church office (910 Collier St, Suite 200, Fort Worth, TX 76102), from 7-8am. I would love for you to join me.