40 Days of Prayer
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer, a Revival and Reformation prayer initiative.
Welcome to 40 Days of Prayer: May 3 - June 11, 2022
We all have gone through a very challenging and unusual time in these last two years. The world has changed, society has changed, yet our mission remains the same – proclaiming the message of Jesus to a dying world in need of His saving righteousness.
As we approach the General Conference Session (June 5-11, 2022) we, as a world church, want to refocus on revival for mission. Ahead of us lies a wave of challenges and defining moments, as we face the reopening of the post-pandemic world, major technological breakthroughs, armed conflict, and political, and natural crises.
We must be firm in mission, and refocused on the work at hand. It is therefore vital, that we lay aside personal agendas and plans, and truly seek the converting and reviving presence of the Holy Spirit. Asking Him to do in and through us a work, which only He can accomplish, pleading for a deeper consecration, and a heart in tune with His will – both for our personal lives and families, and for our ministries.
DAILY PRAYER FOCUS
Praise God for what He has done in your life over these past 40 days of prayer. Be specific. Praise God for what He’s going to do through the newly elected, and re-elected leaders of the world church as they face the upcoming years of leadership and the burden of its responsibilities. Praise God for how He’s working, and going to work, in the lives of those 7 names you’ve been praying for during the 40 Days of Prayer.
Shortly after moving to a new neighborhood, my wife and I discovered that it got pretty loud at night. We complained about our neighbors for a while before deciding that we should be praying for them. We didn’t even know their names, but we made a prayer list anyway...
And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.” Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. – Revelation 14:9-12
Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” – Revelation 14:6-7
Although prayer has been at the heart of the Christian church for centuries, it is doubly important in this crisis hour of earth’s history. Satan has unleashed demonic spirits to bring deception, disaster, and death to our planet. God will not be caught by surprise. He will pour out His Spirit in latter rain power on His praying church. The “loud cry” of Revelation’s third angel will sound from one end of the earth to the other...
Pray for the General Conference Session in St. Louis, USA which begins today. Pray for safety in travel as well as heart preparation for the delegates Pray for the Holy Spirit’s special blessing upon the meetings and decisions that will be made. Pray for the session planning team and all the logistics to come together smoothly for those delegates who are attending virtually.
Pray for an extra measure of the Holy Spirit to be poured out on your life this Sabbath. Pray for those who are alone, or still struggling under lockdowns, like in Chinese cities. Pray that believers would sense Jesus’ nearness no matter their circumstances. Pray for an unreached people group that God might be placing on your heart. Pray for ways you could adopt that group and for ways that you can reach out to them in some practical way.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23
And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. – John 16:8-11
On the Day of Pentecost of the year AD 31, the Holy Spirit was poured out in great measure upon the emerging New Testament church. The results? Jesus’ 120 disciples who were praying in the Upper Room were filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1, 4), people who once avoided witnessing for Jesus (Matt. 26:69-75) became bold (Acts 2:14-21; 4:7-13), and 3,000 Jewish pilgrims to Jerusalem became the first group of Christians in history—all in one day (Acts 2:38-41)...
Pray for the political leaders in your city, province, and nation, by name if possible. Pray for the 30% of our church members (this is about 13,000 Ukrainian Adventist) who are losing their homes or being forced to abandon them. Pray for our church members in other countries who have opened their homes to refugees.
Pray for the upcoming General Conference Session in St. Louis, USA (June 6-11, 2022). Pray for broken families and relationships in your life. Ask God to show you somebody at church this week, that you can befriend that you’ve never reached out to before.
When I decided to give my life to Christ while attending college, my experience certainly wasn’t what I was anticipating. Instead of joy and peace that others spoke about, my day-to-day life was filled with anxiety and feelings of intense guilt...
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith. – Philippians 3:8-9
Soon the “earth will be lightened” with the glorious attributes of God’s character. A multitude of reclaimed sinners will, in the power of God, “rise and shine” drawing the “forces of the gentiles” into the arms of an ever-welcoming Father. (Rev. 18:1; Isa. 60: 1-5.)...
Pray for God to speak to you in His Word today. Pray for God to help you be consistent this coming week in your daily devotions. Pray for that God would re-ignite fresh passion in the hearts of His people—fresh passion for His Word, for prayer, and for mission. Pray that it won’t just be business as usual at this General Conference session, but a spiritual revivalthat will empower us to reach this world for Jesus.
Pray for the upcoming General Conference Session in St. Louis, USA (June 6-11, 2022). Pray that we would have an “Upper Room experience” as the disciples had at Pentecost during session, and that we would be empowered to reach the entire world for Jesus as they did. Pray that the special prayer times in the meetings will be deeply meaningful and helpful for all in attendance....
I was a high school student literature evangelist in Maine. We typically had Fridays off as personal days, but our sister program composed of older students selling more expensive books had some people who worked on Friday to make extra money. Enjoying an opportunity to spend time with the more popular crowd, I decided to tag along. I canvassed one door, trying to prove I was worth the company, while my partner tried to sell at every other door. After a few successful hours in the field, we made our way back home. That’s when I heard the legendary sermon that changed the rest of my life...
He who receives the first ray of light sent him, and walks in it, bringing his actions into harmony with God's Word, will receive more light. He who walks in the light as it comes, not waiting to have every doubt removed, every mystery solved, will follow on to know the Lord. For him the light will shine brighter and brighter unto the perfect day. His path will be illuminated as he advances. God's Word will be a lamp to his feet and a light to his path. – Signs of the Times, 9/17/1902
It had been a full day of teaching ministry and Jesus was exhausted. His hearers had not realized it, but the One who spoke to them that day was the Word that created all things in the beginning. Yet the power of His words could only be unleashed in the lives of those who chose to exercise faith in the Life-Giver. The Commander of Heaven’s host, now wearied from His labors, committed Himself to the care of His disciples to ferry Him to the other side of the lake. “And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship” (Mark 4:36)...
Pray for the 7 people on your list. Pray for those who were cared for in the Pathways to Health event in April in Indianapolis. Pray for seeds to take root. Pray that God will prepare His church and leaders for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Pray for the prayer room at the General Conference session that many will be blessed, that answerers will be received, and that all will be revived when they come to pray. Pray for the ongoing 24-hour prayer room where many are already meeting to pray via zoom during 40 Days of Prayer. https://247unitedprayer.org
- Pray for wisdom for the church leaders at the upcoming General Conference Session in St. Louis, USA (June 5-11, 2022).
- Pray for the Ukrainian people, and specially for church members in areas that are affected by the conflict. Pray that they will be a bright light to the hurting people around them.
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to be poured out upon the literature ministries around the world. Pray that this will be a door way that will lead many to accept Christ Jesus.
As I knocked on the door, a small-framed, middle-aged woman opened it slightly to greet me. I began explaining that I was going door-to-door selling Christian literature. She quickly interrupted me and asked if I could come back tomorrow. She appeared emotionally disturbed. I leaned upon my own experience and replied, “Ma’am, we don’t usually come back. So, if you’re not interested, it’s perfectly fine. We have some sample books I can offer you for about ten to twenty dollars . . .” Again, she dismissed my comment and requested I come back the next day. I acquiesced and promised to return. The door rapidly closed.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16
My older brother, Alan, was very wild as a young person, ending up separated from the Lord and church most of his life. His self-centered life eventually cost him his first marriage to divorce. His health care career had made him a lot of money, but then he lost most of it. Occasionally he tried to become more involved with the church, but his lifestyle and habits always drew him back into a life without the Lord. Our family, including our parents, all prayed for Alan for years to wholly give his life to Jesus...
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. – Revelation 3:20