Day 40 of Prayer Journey – Worship and Celebrate our Lord and King

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Thank you for joining the 40 Day Prayer Journey “Growing by the Power Within to Please God: Repenting for a Renewed Relationship With God”. Philippians 2:13.

Today is the last day of the prayer journey. However continue seeking the Lord everyday and pray without ceasing 1 Thess 5:17. I hope you have been blessed and have sincerely begin to grow in prayer and your relationship with the Lord. As you walked this forty (40) day prayer journey and adventure of repenting and praying toward the desires and promises of God to enable us to grow by the power within to please God, share your experiences. Let each of us grow in grace, in service and deed, in love for God and each other and into a lifestyle of individual and corporate prayer.

DAY 40 – April 13 – “Growing to Please God by Worshiping God Together Forever”

Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 16:7-36; Psalm 96

Repent: Of failure to humble oneself before the Lord, acknowledging His total Lordship; of not gathering with other believers to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth; of not giving our all to the Lord as an act of worship.

Pray:

• Pray for the church to have a Christ-centered worship experience in spirit and truth that will please the Father.
• Pray for sincere and honest exaltation of the name of the Lord, born of the Holy Spirit and the Word.
• Pray for humility and unity among believers that will give rise to worshiping the Lord in the beauty of His holiness throughout the church.
• Pray that the people of God will see themselves how God sees them.
• Pray that you will be able to share an encouraging word today with someone.
• Pray for people to be saved this day.
• Pray for believers to be filled with expectant love for Christ and that He would manifest Himself in such a way that rocks the church and the nations.
• Pray that you and members of the church will worship the Lord in spirit and in truth.
• Praise God – that He reigns now and forever. Amen!
• REJOICE!!!——–This is the last day of the 40 Day Prayer Journey. Rejoice that God, the Exalted One, gives us the privilege of celebrating and honoring His rightful place as the Almighty Lord and King of Kings. Praise God that His name is above every name and that at His name every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Hallelujah! Jesus is alive and is our soon coming King.

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Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader

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Day 32-39 of 40 Day Prayer Journey: Growing to Please God

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Thank you for joining the 40 Day Prayer Journey “Growing by the Power Within to Please God: Repenting for a Renewed Relationship With God”. Philippians 2:13.

We are nearing the end of this prayer journey;eight more days to go .I hope you have been blessed and have sincerely begin to grow in prayer and your relationship with the Lord. As you walked this forty (40) day prayer journey and adventure of repenting and praying toward the desires and promises of God to enable us to grow by the power within to please God, share your experiences. Let each of us grow in grace, in service and deed, in love for God and each other and into a lifestyle of individual and corporate prayer.

This is a daily prayer journey. Today’s prayer focus is a continuation of the 40 Day Prayer Journey which began on March 5 Ash Wednesday. See prior post for prior days.

The daily prayer points in this guide begin with stated scriptures applicable to the focus of the day. You are invited to seek God’s face to enable you to grow in the actions and thoughts that please God. You want to confess, repent and turn from actions and thoughts that grieve the Lord.

During the Forty Day Prayer Journey daily read the suggested scriptures. Meditate on the Word asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you and reveal in your heart how He wants you to respond personally and on behalf of your church or city. This is an opportunity for personal repentance.

Ask the Lord to search your heart for thoughts and actions that are sinful. (Psalm 139:23-24) Allow the Lord to examine your life thoroughly.

During the 40 Day journey each of us are opening ourselves to be joyful by what pleases God and grieved by our actions, walk and talk that displease Him.
Pray the specific daily prayer points as well as other prayer points that the Holy Spirit brings to your heart. It is suggested that you write in a journal your reflections and what the Lord is saying to you.

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DAY 32 – April 5 – “Growing to Please God by Demonstrating God’s Grace”

Scriptures: John 1:14-18; Acts 4:32-33, 11:19-24; 1Peter 4:7-11

Pray:

• Pray that you would grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord.
• Pray to have faith to live graciously toward those in our communities who do not yet know Christ.
• Pray for fresh grace to live according to God’s commands and His call upon your life.
• Thank the Lord for His grace and for the gifts He has bestowed upon you.
• Pray that you and members of the church demonstrate graciousness in your attitude, speech and actions.
• Pray that our city will be transformed as we cry in humble and faith-filled intercession.
• Pray that families will be free from the destructive power of unforgiveness.
• Pray for every member of the body to understand their place and purpose in the body and to work together in proper relationship with each other under the leadership of the Pastor.

DAY 33 – April 6- “Growing to Please God by Listening to and Obeying His Voice”

Scriptures: Psalm 81: 8-16; John 10:22-30

Pray:

• Seek the Lord for you to come to a place of being quiet before the Lord, expecting to hear what He has to speak to you.
• Pray for the grace to walk in humble obedience to His voice.
• Pray for ears to hear from the Lord through the pastor, teacher or through whatever way He has chosen to speak to and through His children.
• Pray for your relationship with a family member. Pray that the Lord will bring healing, reconciliation and restoration where it is needed.
• Pray for any relationship you may have with people who do not know the Lord. Pray for words to say that will turn their hearts to Jesus. Specifically, pray for ______ who has turned his/her heart from God.
• Pray for new hearts for ministry in all of the leaders. See Ezekiel 18:31

DAY 34 – April 7- “Growing to Please God by Worshiping God with Your Whole Heart”

Scriptures: Psalm 95; John 4:21-26

Pray:

• Pray that you and your city and church members will gain a passion for worship with their whole heart.
• Pray that the church to have a Christ –centered experience of worship in spirit and truth that will please the Father.
• Pray for humility and unity among the believers that will give rise to worshiping the Lord in the beauty of holiness throughout the church.
• Pray for a release of fresh passion for worship in you and in members of the church.
• Pray for a fresh revelation of God’s love that cleanses up from unrighteousness and fills us with joy, peace and love.
• Pray for a fresh love and desire for fellowship with other believers.
• Pray for a revival in the City of Detroit and that it will become known as a city of prayer.
• Pray for the Single people. Pray that Christ will fill single’s heart with His love; that they may taste the satisfaction which I is found only in God; that friendships will bring ample fullness of relationship; for sexual purity and simplicity of lifestyle; for marvelous marriages for those who desire them.

DAY 35 – April 8 – “Growing to Please God by Increasing Our Personal
and Corporate Prayer Life”

Jesus, Man of Prayer

Scriptures: Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12

Reflect: If someone wrote a theme of your life would prayer be a key theme in it? Consider the area of your prayer life that most needs improving.

Pray:

• Praise Jesus for modeling a strong pattern of prayer for us.
• Confess any shortcoming in your prayer life of which you are aware.
• Thank the Holy Spirit for His ability and willingness to purify our prayers and to help us when we don’t know how to pray very well (Romans 8:26).
• Ask Christ for the grace to pray as Jesus prayed.
• Pray that the church will grow in love, grace and mercy to impact the community and the world.
• Pray that individual and corporation intercession and prayer will increase in you and among the members of your church.
• Thank God that He has established that His church will be called a house of prayer for all nations. Pray that your church will be the kind of house of prayer that pleases Christ.
• Pray for the Intercessory Prayer Ministry. Call them by name. Pray that they will effectively and boldly mobilize, lead, train and encourage others in individual and corporate prayer.

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DAY 36 – April 9 – “Growing to Please God by Increasing Our Personal
and Corporate Prayer Life”

Paul Prayed Constantly

Scriptures: Colossians 1:3, 9; Romans 1:9-10; 10:1

Pray:

• Pray for an increase in your desire to consistently pray for others.
• Confess to the Lord if you don’t like to pray for others or don’t pray for others or think it is boring. Is it because you don’t love them as you should? Confess that also.
• Pray for an increase in your ability to see the good in others, for a deep sense of care for the well being of others and for confidence that your prayers will make a difference in their lives.
• Thank the Holy Spirit for His ability and willingness to purify our prayers and to help us when we don’t know how to pray very well (Romans 8:26).
• Thank God for others in your family, congregation, or circle of friends. Tell God the specific things about them for which you are thankful.
• Pray for your Pastor .
• Pray that grace to minister and serve together in love, honor, and humility will exist throughout the church.
• Pray for Governor Snyder, Mayor Duggan and the City Council

DAY 37 – April 10 – “Growing to Please God by Increasing Our Personal
and Corporate Prayer Life”

Elijah: An Ordinary Man Who Prayed Powerfully

Scriptures: James 5:17-18; Read the full story of Elijah’s prayer victory in 1 Kings 17-18

Pray:

• Praise God for the power that makes powerful praying possible.
• Thank God that he hears and answers the prayers of ordinary persons and makes it possible for us to pray powerfully.
• Ask God to reveal to you what he wants you to pray about and to help you pray earnestly and persistently.
• Pray that God will cause his church to grow strong in prayer and be effective in ministry.
• Pray that men, women, boys, and girls will be happy to be enlightened and empowered of the things of God.
• Tell God that you are available to pray earnestly and persistently about anything that He lays on your heart and that you will listen for His direction. Now listen for God’s directions.
• Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring victory over all unrighteousness.
• Pray for the Arts and Entertainment Industry-that God will inspire artist and those in the entertainment industry with creativity and wisdom that reflect God’s beauty and truth; pray for salvation of those in the industry; and that those who come to follow Christ will follow Christ with courage and take a stand for Jesus.

DAY 38 – April 11 “Growing to Please God by Increasing Our Personal
and Corporate Prayer Life”

David: Finding Renewal Through Confession

Scriptures: Psalm 51:7-10 (For background to this confession, read 2 Samuel 11-12)

Pray:

• Praise God for His mercy. Mercy means that God does not treat us as we deserve.
• Thank God for conviction or “good guilt” that drives us into the arms of His forgiving love when we confess.
• Confess any wrong you are aware of that remains unconfessed. Repent.
• Ask for a clean heart, a renewed life and a steadfast spirit.
• Pray that God will give his church sensitivity to sin and a readiness to confess when and if that is needed.
• Thank God for His unspeakable gift. JESUS 2 Corinthians 9:15
• Pray for God’s people to stand still and hear His voice.
• Pray for those who have lost a love one and the loved one didn’t know Christ.

DAY 39 – April 12 – “Growing to Please God by Increasing Our Personal
and Corporate Prayer Life”

Jehoshaphat : Victory Through Prayer

Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 20: 6, 12 (Read the story of this victory in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30)

Reflect: Jesus came that we might have life and that we might have it more abundantly. Are you happy with your life in Christ? Is it a more abundant life? Are you obeying the word of God for what you can get or because you just love the LORD? John 10:10

Pray:

• Praise God for the power and might that are in his hand, and that no one can withstand Him.
• Thank God for his readiness to hear prayer and to deliver those who trust in Him.
• Confess if there is little praise in your prayer. Confess that you have neglected the praise that is important to Him.
• Ask God for a praising heart.
• Pray that the family, which God founded, facing major enemies rallied by the evil one, may be delivered and broken relationships healed. Pray that God will confuse the enemy and cause them to self-destruct or repent.
• Pray that you are growing in your spiritual walk to please God, and that you will continue to pursue your walk, and not go backward, but always forward.
• Pray that you will have favor and good understanding with God first and then with men and women. Proverb 3:4
• Pray for outbreaks of praise to God from the people in our city as they see new displays of Christ’s power.

Linda Fegins 2014-”The Prayer Leader” has served as Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years( later Director over the Prayer Ministry) for the Lydia Circle Christian Business and Professional Women. She serves as an intercessor and teacher/trainer with Global Intercessors Prayer Force. As part of the Lydia Circle she has lead over 8 prayer boot camps, all night prayer services, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa. She served on the prayer team of a medical missions trip to Jamaica under the leadership of Rev. Jackie McCullough. She serves as the Prayer Leader of the Intercessory Prayer Team of her church. Linda serves as an intercessor and volunteer for Girlfriends Pray, a global prayer ministry. Contact her at ldfaygo@aol.com

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Day 28- Day 32 40 Day Prayer Journey – Growing to Please God

Thank you for joining the 40 Day Prayer Journey of Messiah Baptist Church, “Growing by the Power Within to Please God: Repenting for a Renewed Relationship With God”. Philippians 2:13. .

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This is a daily prayer journey. Today’s prayer focus is a continuation of the 40 Day Prayer Journey which began on March 5 Ash Wednesday. See prior post for prior days.

The daily prayer points in this guide begin with stated scriptures applicable to the focus of the day. You are invited to seek God’s face to enable you to grow in the actions and thoughts that please God. You want to confess, repent and turn from actions and thoughts that grieve the Lord.
During the Forty Day Prayer Journey daily read the suggested scriptures. Meditate on the Word asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you and reveal in your heart how He wants you to respond personally and on behalf of your church or city. This is an opportunity for personal repentance. Ask the Lord to search your heart for thoughts and actions that are sinful. (Psalm 139:23-24) Allow the Lord to examine your life thoroughly.

During the 40 Day journey each of us are opening ourselves to be joyful by what pleases God and grieved by our actions, walk and talk that displease Him.
Pray the specific daily prayer points as well as other prayer points that the Holy Spirit brings to your heart. It is suggested that you write in a journal your reflections and what the Lord is sto you.

DAY 28 – April 1 – “Growing to Please God by Demonstrating the Love of Christ”

Scriptures: John 3:1-21; 1 John 3:1-23

Pray:

• Pray that the church will be a living force of love in the earth today.
• Pray that the disciples of Christ will be known by our love for one another and the loving-kindness of the Lord that leads to repentance.
• Pray that members of the church and yourself show love through deeds that touch the lives of the unsaved, unchurched and unsure.
• Repent from demonstrating the letter of the law rather than the Spirit of liberty and love.
• Pray for persons who are unsaved. Call out their names.
• Pray for depressed persons. Pray that God’s healing presence will reach them; that the light of truth will dispel the lies and the oppressive power of Satan; for helpful counsel and God’s wisdom; for God’s healing of long standing wounds and the renewing of their minds in Christ.
• Pray that fathers will look to God as the ultimate spiritual head of their household, and serve their families by carrying responsibility for the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of their wives. Pray that God will instill a vision of wholesome, supportive, fatherhood to all fathers.
• Pray for single people. Pray that Christ will protect them; that friendships and church fellowships bring ample fullness of healthy relationship; for wisdom to choose sexual purity and holy lifestyles; for marriage.
• Pray for broken families. Pray for the healing of broken or embittered hearts. Pray for the children of such homes.
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DAY 29 – April 2- “Growing to Please God by Demonstrating Mercy,
Loving-kindness and Goodness”

Scriptures: Romans 2:1-16; Galatians 5:22-23

Pray:

• Repent of failing to show acts of kindness to those who mistreat or offend us or our love ones.
• Repent of withholding mercy and love out of judgment and vengeance.
• Pray that believers and yourself will grow in grace, mercy and love to make an impact in the lives of others and in the world.
• Pray that the fruit of the spirit will abound in you and in and through the church.
• Pray for the physically disabled. Pray that they will be surrounded with loving friends and family; for physical stamina and healing; for financial burdens of therapy and special care, and that they will love and honor God.
• Pray for prisoners and their families; pray that people in jail will hear the gospel and follow Christ; for fellowships of Christians in prison to multiply; pray that persons in prison will be protected from violence and the forces of spiritual evil.
• Pray for the spouses and children of prisoners. Pray that they will be sustained, protected, provided for and that their hearts are healed.
• Pray that former prisoners will find strength and wisdom to live restored lives and will not return to the actions or ways that led to their imprisonment.
• Pray for Health Care Workers- that God will equip health care workers of every kind to serve others with loving hearts; that God will bless them with perseverance and joy ;that the pressures of their professions will not crush their families and friendships; that many will follow Christ.

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DAY 30 – April 3 – “Growing to Please God by Demonstrating the Life of the Spirit”

Scriptures: Romans 8:12-14; Ephesians 5:15-21

Pray:

Repent of living according to the flesh and its desires rather than the Spirit of love and failing to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit.
• Pray that you and church members will be led by the Spirit of God toward increasing maturity and to demonstrate love in action.
• Pray to grow in faith and to surrender to the Holy Spirit as a powerful demonstration of His love and power.
• Pray to walk in God’s grace as members of the body of Christ and to demonstrate His love, mercy, grace, and power to the world.
• Pray for homeless people. Pray for immediate relief, shelter, food and health care; that Christ will restore hope for the future. Pray for protection from the risks of life on the streets for the homeless and for employment, housing and restored family life.
• Pray for your co-workers especially the difficult ones. Pray that God will give you divine appointments to witness to those who do not know the Lord.
• Pray for your neighbors. Pray for God’s peace to be upon those who live on your street or in your housing complex. Ask God to give you an opportunity to witness to them about God’s love.
• Pray for Judges and Law Enforcement- Pray for righteous wisdom, patience and gentle authority; for physical and emotional protection strength and blessing for their families; that they will become agents of God’s hands to resist evil and preserve an environment in which heaven’s justice can increase.

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DAY 31 – April 4 – Growing to Please God by Demonstrating a Servant Heart

Scriptures: Matthew 20:20-28; Philippians 2:5-18

Pray:
• Pray for the church and yourself to learn to serve as Christ did and demonstrate love.
• Pray that the believers serve our community in ways that will soften the hearts of unbelievers to the gospel of love , grace and truth.
• Pray that unbelievers would receive your service as a demonstration of Christ’s love for them, leading many to salvation.
• Ask God to bring a conviction of sin, spiritual brokenness and genuine repentance among the people.
• Pray to be clothed in humility in order to serve out of the love Christ has bestowed upon you.
• Pray that our service would be a holy demonstration of Christ’s love, not self-serving in any way.
• Pray for business people. Pray that they operate honestly and to frustrate any practice that creates injustice. Pray that you will grow in the knowledge of God’s Word for every aspect of your life.

DAY 32 – April 5 – “Growing to Please God by Demonstrating God’s Grace”

Scriptures: John 1:14-18; Acts 4:32-33, 11:19-24; 1Peter 4:7-11

Pray:• Pray that you would grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord.
• Pray to have faith to live graciously toward those in our communities who do not yet know Christ.
• Pray for fresh grace to live according to God’s commands and His call upon your life.
• Thank the Lord for His grace and for the gifts He has bestowed upon you.
• Pray that you and members of the church demonstrate graciousness in your attitude, speech and actions.
• Pray that our city will be transformed as we cry in humble and faith-filled intercession.
• Pray that families will be free from the destructive power of unforgiveness.
• Pray for every member of the body to understand their place and purpose in the body and to work together in proper relationship with each other under the leadership of the Pastor.

DAY 33 – April 6- “Growing to Please God by Listening to and Obeying His Voice”

Scriptures: Psalm 81: 8-16; John 10:22-30

Pray:
• Seek the Lord for you to come to a place of being quiet before the Lord, expecting to hear what He has to speak to you.
• Pray for the grace to walk in humble obedience to His voice.
• Pray for ears to hear from the Lord through the pastor, teacher or through whatever way He has chosen to speak to and through His children.
• Pray for your relationship with a family member. Pray that the Lord will bring healing, reconciliation and restoration where it is needed.
• Pray for any relationship you may have with people who do not know the Lord. Pray for words to say that will turn their hearts to Jesus. Specifically, pray for ______ who has turned his/her heart from God.
• Pray for new hearts for ministry in all of the leaders. See Ezekiel 18:31
• Pray for Business People—Ask God to bless those who base business practices in righteousness. Pray that God will prosper those who pursue their business as mission for God’s Kingdom. Pray for the gospel to spread in the marketplace, for righteous manager and executives; for creative godly consequences .

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Day 22 to Day 27 of the 40 Day Prayer Journey

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Thank you for joining the 40 Day Prayer Journey “Growing by the Power Within to Please God: Repenting for a Renewed Relationship With God”. Philippians 2:13.

This is a daily prayer journey. Today’s prayer focus is a continuation of the 40 Day Prayer Journey which began on March 5 Ash Wednesday. See prior post for prior days.

The daily prayer points in this guide begin with stated scriptures applicable to the focus of the day. You are invited to seek God’s face to enable you to grow in the actions and thoughts that please God. You want to confess, repent and turn from actions and thoughts that grieve the Lord.
During the Forty Day Prayer Journey daily read the suggested scriptures. Meditate on the Word asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you and reveal in your heart how He wants you to respond personally and on behalf of your church or city. This is an opportunity for personal repentance. Ask the Lord to search your heart for thoughts and actions that are sinful. (Psalm 139:23-24) Allow the Lord to examine your life thoroughly.

Use a journal to write down what the Holy Spirit downloads in your heart.

DAY 22 – March 26- “Growing to Please God by Walking in Faith”

Scriptures: Matthew 21: 21-22; Mark 11:22-24; James 5: 14-16

Pray:

• Pray for God’s healing touch to be upon the sick in the community.
• Praise God for being trustworthy and that His Word will not return void.
• Ask God to give you the wisdom and will to increase your faith and to walk by faith.
• Thank God for His willingness to hear and answer the prayers you bring to Him in faith.
• Confess any lack of faith you may discover of yourself.
• For God to rise up men and women of integrity, faith and love to places of spiritual authority throughout the church and the city.
• Pray for the Youth- For people in their teens to radically commit their lives in Christ; to make wise choices; for older mentor; for solid friendships with their peers who are following Jesus; for open communication with parents; for God’s intentions for their generation to come forth in fullness measure.

DAY 23 – March 27- “Growing to Please God by Walking Together In Unity”

Scriptures: Psalm 133; John 17; Ephesians 4:1-6

Pray:

• Pray that you, your church and congregations over the city would grow in the unity of the Spirit, love, peace, and purpose so that the world might see the power of God manifested when the church comes together in the love of Christ.
• Pray that petty differences, ambitions and pride would be laid down for the sake of reflecting the purposes and character of Christ.
• Pray that all divisions, dissentions and disagreements that keep churches from walking together as the body of Christ cease and that forgiveness occurs.
• Pray for the heartbroken and lonely.
• Pray for those who are grieving because of death, divorce or lost.
• Pray that the Holy Spirit will convict unsaved persons you know (name them), bringing them to repentance and faith and guiding them into all truth.
• Pray for forgiveness where the body of Christ has failed to walk together. Pray that by the power of the Holy Ghost that the body of Christ will be enabled and empowered to walk in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace.
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DAY 24 – March 28 – “Growing to Please God by Walking Together In the Body”

Scriptures: Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:7-16

Pray:

• Pray for every member of the body of Christ to discover our place and come into proper relationship with the other members within your church home and in other congregations.
• Pray for each member to walk faithfully in God’s gifting and calling to build up others.
• Pray for each member within the body to accept, honor, and work together purposefully and in harmony with various parts of the body at Messiah or where God has joined us through the local congregation.
• Confess and ask God for forgiveness if you are guilty of withholding fellowship from those that are unlike you in personality, ethnic origin, or gifting within the body of Christ.
• Pray for those who have suffered calamity or crisis in their families. Pray that peace and unity bind affected families together in love.
• Pray for missionaries. Pray that God will provide favor, protection, resources and laborers.
• Pray that family members and friends will be a source of joy and blessing to each other.
• Pray that Christ’s life might be expressed freely through the body, properly functioning together in love.
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DAY 25 – March 29- Growing to Please God by Pursuing Reconciliation in Truth and Love

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5:12; Ephesians 2:16-18; Colossians 1:19-23

Pray:

• Pray for believers throughout our city to be burdened with Christ’s compelling love to be reconciled to one another.
• Pray that you be reconciled with anyone with whom you have had an argument or disagreement that keeps you separated from in the body of Christ or in the world.
• Pray for truth and love to cause individuals and congregations throughout the city to pursue reconciliation with those from whom they are separated or with whom they have suffered a break in relationship.
• Pray that the enemy of unity who works division by accusing brother against brother would be defeated by the power of love permeating throughout the church.
• Pray that your children and the children of the community will grow up in the training
and instruction of the Lord and will learn to walk in His ways.
• Pray for the church leaders. Pray that they will serve faithfully, humbly and with wisdom.
• Pray for Prisoner
• Pray that unsaved families, friends, and neighbors will hear the Word, receive it and respond in faith.

DAY 26 – March 30- “Growing to Please God by Pursuing Genuine Relationships through Fellowship”

Scriptures: Acts 2: 42-47; Galatians 2:1-10; Philippians 2:1-4

Pray:

• Intercede for the body of Christ to continue steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayer.
• Repent of declaring love for God while not living in love with brothers and sisters in the Lord.
• Pray that the church have a fresh conviction and commitment that brings them to pursue different relationships with those who are different from us in culture, race, ethnicity, and socio-economics.
• Praise God that He is a God of fellowship and communion and, as a good Father, He loves to draw His children together.
• Pray for persons with low self-esteem and those who feel unloved. Pray that they receive help of the Lord to trust in His unfailing love, to accept that love, and to abide in that love.
• Pray for the unemployed. Pray that God will meet the needs of those without work in a way that they can thank God for the provision; that they will soon find meaningful employment and glorify God for it. Pray for resources, family and social support, and encouragement.
• Pray that members of Messiah will lovingly bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.
• Pray for marriages. Pray for those that are strained and that God will bring forgiveness, help and healing; that He will heal broken hearts and restore intimacy.
• Pray for the City Council. Pray that they will operate in integrity and wisdom.

DAY 27 – March 31- “Growing to Please God by Forgiving”

Scriptures: Mark 11:25-26; Ephesians 4:31-32; Colossians 3:12-17

Pray:

• Repent of not forgiving those who have sinned against you and of walking in pride, superiority or opposition to others in the body of Christ.
• Pray that members of your church and yourself practice forgiveness, demonstrating the grace we each have received in Christ Jesus our Lord.
• Pray that you will grow in the knowledge of God’s Word for every aspect of your life.
• For God to rise up men and women of integrity, faith and love to places of spiritual authority throughout the church and the city.
• Pray for persons who feel rejected. Pray that they will know that the Lord will never forsake them and that He loves them.
• Pray for our nation and its leaders that they my rule with honor and wisdom and that wickedness in the leaders will be hindered so that all may lead quiet and peaceable lives.
• Pray for elderly persons. Pray that God’s strength and peace would be poured out on every one who is advanced in years. That they may be honored; that they may be cared for; that they may live to see their prayers answered; that loneliness be banished in lasting friendships and family bonds; that meaningful service be found.
• Pray for Women- that women will be honored in their unique glory as those created by God;that injustice of every kind toward women will cease; for pornography to be stopped; for protection from sexual violence; that single women would lay hold of the hope of great joy and purpose for God’s glory.

By Linda Fegins, The Prayer Leader.

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Day 16-Day 21 40 Day Prayer Journey: Growing Within to Please God

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Thank you for joining the 40 Day Prayer Journey , “Growing by the Power Within to Please God: Repenting for a Renewed Relationship With God”. Philippians 2:13.

This is a daily prayer journey. Today’s prayer focus is a continuation of the 40 Day Prayer Journey which began on March 5 Ash Wednesday. See prior post for prior days.

The daily prayer points in this guide begin with stated scriptures applicable to the focus of the day. You are invited to seek God’s face to enable you to grow in the actions and thoughts that please God. You want to confess, repent and turn from actions and thoughts that grieve the Lord.

During the Forty Day Prayer Journey daily read the suggested scriptures. Meditate on the Word asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you and reveal in your heart how He wants you to respond personally and on behalf of your church or city. This is an opportunity for personal repentance. Ask the Lord to search your heart for thoughts and actions that are sinful. (Psalm 139:23-24) Allow the Lord to examine your life thoroughly.

During the 40 Day journey each of us are opening ourselves to be joyful by what pleases God and grieved by our actions, walk and talk that displease Him. We want to turn away from the things that displease God.

Pray the specific daily prayer points as well as other prayer points that the Holy Spirit brings to your heart. It is suggested that you write in a journal your reflections and what the Lord is saying to you.

DAY 16 – March 20 – “Growing to Please God by Pursing God in
Corporate Worship and Prayer”

Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 5:2-14; Acts 4:23-31; Hebrews 10:19-25

Pray:

• Pray for our worship services; pray that the Spirit of praise and worship come from sincere hearts and that we will see the manifestation of mighty works.
• Pray for you and your church members to increase in their participation of true corporate prayer and seek to gather together for corporate prayer.
• Pray for you and church members to open your mouths to praise and pray to the Lord in unity.
• For the rich and religious who have a hard time trusting the Lord.
• That your church and other congregations will seek the Lord in one accord.
• For a fresh passion for worship among the believers and that the walls of division created
by personal preferences and styles which do not honor the Word of God to be torn down.
• For your church and other churches, locally and corporately, to create an atmosphere
where the Holy Spirit will be welcomed in the midst of worship.
• Fathers: that fathers will look to God as the ultimate spiritual head of their household,
serving and caring for their families; that God will instill a vision for wholesome, supportive fatherhood among the fathers of the city. Pray that absentee fathers would change their lifestyles to nurture their wives and children. Pray that children will see the character of the heavenly Father in the lives of their dads.

DAY 17 – March 21 – “Growing to Please God by Loving One Another in the Family”

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 5:25-33; Colossians 3:19-22

Pray:

• Thank God for others in your family, congregation or circle of friends. Tell God the specific things about them for which you are thankful. Now tell them.
• Pray for a deep love and respect between church members and also between family members. Pray for reconciliation where they are at odds.
• Pray that husbands would truly love their wives as Christ loves the church.
• Pray that parents will be diligent in disciplining their children and to train them to walk in obedience and demonstrate unconditional love for them.
• Pray that children will show love for their parents by honoring, respecting and obeying them.
• Pray for a desire for prayer to be stirred up within all family members and that answers to prayer will occur to build faith and consistency.
• Pray that your family and/or friends will experience rich times of praying together, playing together and worshipping together.
• Pray for the Youth – for persons in their teens to commit their lives to Christ; to make wise choices; for solid friends who follow Jesus; for open communications with parents; for God’s purpose for their lives to come forth in full measure.
• Pray for salvation for family members and friends.

Spiritual Health Check Up- Meditate on and write response in journal
Relationships:
What relationships in your family do you need to show appreciation for and improve upon?
Who are the three closest people in your life?

DAY 18 – March 22 – “Growing to Please God by Walking Together in Love”

Scriptures: Romans 12: 9-21; 1 Peter 4:7-11

Pray:

• For you to be obedient to the call to be a witness to others on your job, at the store and everywhere and to know what is our individual mandate.
• Pray that family members and church members will have a strong and growing love for God and for others.
• Pray that the church would walk in love for one another without hypocrisy and out of a pure heart.
• Pray for the love of Christ to permeate your church and all churches so that the world will see and believe that God loves them and sent His Son so that they might have everlasting life and live in His love through salvation.
• Pray that God will forgive us, as a nation for the mistreatment of Native Americans; for God’s fullest blessing upon their families and lands, that the tribes will find their healing justice and highest dignity as a people in Christ; that the gospel is proclaimed with love to them.
• Pray for Families: For solid, God centered relationships among family members; that parents would be bold to instruct their children in God’s ways of living and lead their families to pray together; for families to pray together; for families dismantled by divorce to be healed; that Christ’s forgiveness would dissolve long –held anger.

Spiritual Health Check Up- Meditate on and write response in journal
Relationships: What relationships in the church household do you need to improve upon and seek forgiveness about?

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DAY 19 – March 23 – “Growing to Please God by Seeking God for
Salvation for the Lost”

Scriptures: Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:9-13; Mark 16:15-16

Pray:

• Pray for those who are blinded by sin that the scales will be removed from their eyes and their eyes and minds are illumined with the gospel.
• Pray for unbelievers to accept Jesus Christ as Savior.
• Pray for the Lord to add to the church daily those who are being saved. Acts 2:4.
• Pray for opportunities for you to witness and invite people to the Lord and/or to the church. Col 4:2-4.
• Pray that the person’s heart be prepared, so that it will be “good soil” for the seed. ( Mk. 4:8)
• Present the names of those who are lost or backslidden before the throne.
• Pray that the unsaved will believe the Word of God and obey Christ as Lord.
• That each of us will go in our own city, job, and circle and be a witness to others and proclaim the gospel.
• Pray for Homeless People: that God brings immediate relief, shelter, food and health care; that Christ will restore hope for the future; for wise counsel and trustworthy friendships; for protection from the risks of life on the streets; for employment, housing and restored family life.
• Pray that the Lord will send laborers for the harvest of souls that none should be lost; that those who go out into the harvest of our community that they might speak with simplicity and sincerity of truth and get a righteous response.
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Spiritual Health Check Up- Write responses in a journal or notebook
Evangelism: Are you allowing God to use you to be a light for Jesus Christ to those around you? How?
Who was the last person you spoke with about church, Jesus Christ, Christianity, or the
Bible?
When was the last time you were an active part in helping someone accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? Who?

DAY 20 – March 24 – “Growing to Please God by Studying His Word”

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:6-9, 11; 2 Timothy 3:15-17

Pray:

• Pray that you will grow in the knowledge of God’s Word for every aspect of your life.
• Pray that the Father gives you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Eph.1:17
• Pray that parents will study the Word, come to Sunday School and began to talk to their children about the Word of God every day.
• Seek God for the sick: Pray that God will touch those who are sick with healing and comfort; that they will grow in character as God walks with them throughout their ordeal; that God will provide for their financial needs; for their caregivers and families; that many will renew their trust in Christ and follow Him boldly.
• Pray that you would increase in consistently studying the Word of God.
• Pray for persons with mental illness, who are suicidal or depressed.
• Pray for persecuted Christians in third -world nations.

Spiritual Health Check Up- Write responses in a journal or notebook
Bible: Are you regularly reading the Word?
How often do you actually study and meditate on the Word?
What has been your most recent time that God used the words of the Bible to speak to your heart?
When did you last share God’s Word with someone?

DAY 21 – March 25 – “Growing to Please God by Seeking Him for Health and Healing”

Scriptures: Isaiah 53:4-5; Psalm 103:2-3; Proverbs 4:20-24

Pray:
• Pray that the Father heals ________ by the power of the Word. Thank the Lord for sending Jesus to bear our sins in His body so that by His wounds ___might be healed. (Ps. 107:20; 1 Peter 2:24).
• Pray that righteous intercessors and church leaders who will pray with faith –filled powerful and effective prayer to uplift the sick, the depressed, the oppressed and persons without hope. ( James 5:14-16)

• Pray that ______ continues to trust you Lord and your Word, regardless of his/her physical condition. May ___ be strengthened in faith that you have the power to do what you promised. (Rom: 4:19-21)
• Pray that ______ weeping will turn to joy and grant him/her a cheerful heart. (Psalm126:2-6)
• Pray that the sick will be comforted and that they will grow in character as God walks them through the ordeal.
• Pray that God will provide for the financial resources to meet their financial needs of the sick.
• Pray for the caregivers of the sick and shut in.
• Pray for the compassion and skill of the doctors, nurses and other medical assistants.

Physical Check-Up- Take the Time to Evaluate Your Health
Begin to write a Personal Health Plan for yourself. Assess your health and write goals for yourself that are practical. They should be realistic to fit you and your lifestyle. They should be measurable standards in which you answer the questions: How? How often? How much? Make a time line for the implementation of your plan. Pray and ask the Lord to guide you.
- Review your general health based on what you have observed about yourself or what the doctor has told you.

Linda Fegins 2014
Linda Fegins 2014-”The Prayer Leader” has served as Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years( later Director over the Prayer Ministry) for the Lydia Circle Christian Business and Professional Women. She serves as an intercessor and teacher/trainer with Global Intercessors Prayer Force. As part of the Lydia Circle she has lead over 8 prayer boot camps, all night prayer services, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa. She served on the prayer team of a medical missions trip to Jamaica under the leadership of Rev. Jackie McCullough. She serves as the Prayer Leader of the Intercessory Prayer Team of her church. Linda serves as an intercessor and volunteer for Girlfriends Pray, a global prayer ministry. Contact her at ldfaygo@aol.com

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Day 12-15 of 40 Day Prayer Journey, “Growing by the Power Within to Please God. Philippians 2:13.

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Thank you for joining the 40 Day Prayer Journey, “Growing by the Power Within to Please God: Repenting for a Renewed Relationship With God”. Philippians 2:13.

This is a daily prayer journey. Today’s prayer focus is a continuation of the 40 Day Prayer Journey which began on March 5 Ash Wednesday. See prior post for prior days. Below you will find Days 12 thru 15.

During the Forty Day Prayer Journey daily read the suggested scriptures. Meditate on the Word asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you and reveal in your heart how He wants you to respond personally and on behalf of your church or city. This is an opportunity for personal repentance. Ask the Lord to search your heart for thoughts and actions that are sinful. (Psalm 139:23-24) Allow the Lord to examine your life thoroughly. Resist the tendency to see sin in other people without being transparent with the Lord in your own life.

The daily prayer points in this guide begin with stated scriptures applicable to the focus of the day. You are invited to seek God’s face to enable you to grow in the actions and thoughts that please God. You want to confess, repent and turn from actions and thoughts that grieve the Lord.

Pray the specific daily prayer points as well as other prayer that the Holy Spirit brings to your heart. It is suggested that you write in a journal your reflections and what the Lord is saying to you.

DAY 12 – March 16 Growing to Please God by Following after the Lord

Scriptures: Psalm 63; Luke 9:23-26; Joshua 14:8-9

Repent: Of pursing worldly, fleshly affections; of following the ways of man and the world rather than the Lord; of inconsistency in pursuing the Lord and His ways.

Pray:

• Pray for the church to become committed to become wholly devoted to the Word and to God’s purpose and will for the Kingdom.
• Pray for the church and you to become committed to following after the Lord.
• Pray that you and the church will replace a complacent attitude and concern for the distractions of the world with a restoration of first love passion for Jesus.
• Pray that the Father would gather and grow a generation of full-hearted worshippers in our church and city.
• Pray for the Lord to add to the church daily those who are being saved. Acts 2:4.
• Pray for ministry leaders to be committed to corporate prayer.
• Pray for those who are unemployed.-Pray that God will meet the needs of those without work in a way that they can thank God for his provision; that they will sound find meaningful employment and glorify God for it;
• Pray for those who are burdened by debt.

Spiritual Health Check Up- Write responses in a journal or notebook
Community: Are you treating people around you every day with patience and respect?
Are you involved in your community?
When did you last do something, in the name of Jesus, to benefit the community?

DAY 13 – March 17 Growing to Please God by Inquiring of the Lord About What He Desires

Scriptures: Judges 20; Psalm 27:4-5

Repent: Of not inquiring of the Lord regarding what He desires, or the direction He would have us to go; and of not inquiring of the Lord regarding instructions and strategies for ministry.

Pray:

• Pray that those with mixed emotions and who stagger between both the world and the Lord would choose whom they will serve and come to know Christ.
• Pray for a desire to know the will of the Lord.
• Ask God the direction He would have you to go or His will for your life in a certain situation.
• Pray for the ministry leaders to seek direction, instruction and empowerment from the Lord first before they plan activities, events and actions.
• Pray for the military: for God to extend the gospel message through the special relationships of military life; for courage and protection in the danger of battle; for wisdom as military personnel are called upon to do the work of governing and enforcing law; for grace upon chaplains and other spiritual leaders; that God will fortify families who have been separated.
• Pray for the political leaders in the City of Detroit or in your city.
• Pray for your Pastor. Pray for His protection from the plots of the enemy; that pastors and church leaders will be filled with wisdom; that they be honored by those they serve; that God will pour is Spirit upon them in power and humility.

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DAY 14 – March 18 Growing to Please God by Serving the Lord

Scriptures: Psalm 100; Hebrews 9:11-15

Repent: Of serving without joy or unity of the Spirit with brothers and sisters in the body of Christ and at Messiah; of serving out of law and not of love and of serving with impure intentions, goals, and/or reasons.

Pray:

• Pray that you would be filled with gratitude, love and obedience to serve the Lord with gladness and with church members on one accord.
• Pray that your service would be God-centered and God motivated to reflect His life in your life, home and community.
• Pray for unity within the church.
• Poor: For God to establish the poor so that their spiritual and physical needs are met with dignity and stability; that God will release them from hidden cycles of oppression and despair; that God will reverse any curse and multiply blessing.
• Pray that believers will witness for Christ through their lives and words.
• Ask God what more can you do to serve your church and community.
• Pray for a fresh anointing to serve with joy, gladness, passion and power.

Spiritual Health Check Up- Write responses in a journal or notebook
Church: Where are you serving at the church? How often do you do this?
When did you last minister to or encourage someone at church? Who?
How are you using your spiritual gifts at this time?
Is your attitude toward church and the leaders healthy?

DAY 15 – March 19 Growing to Please God by Living a Life of Prayer and Intercession

Scriptures: 1 Samuel 12: 20-25; Eph. 6:10-18; Phil 4:4-9

Repent: Repent of failing to cultivate a lifestyle of prayer, and failing to be proactive rather than reactive in prayer.

Reflect: If someone wrote a theme for your life, would prayer be a key theme in it?

Pray:

• Ask the Lord that prayer and intercession will increase in purity, passion and power in you, the church and throughout the city.
• Pray that those who are called to mobilize, lead and encourage others in prayer will be raised up, trained and equipped throughout the church.
• Pray those members of your church will seek to gather together for corporate prayer and that the manifestation of the Holy Spirit would come upon every prayer gathering or meeting in our church and in the city.
• Pray that your city will be transformed as we cry in humble and faith-filled intercession.
• Confess any shortcoming in your prayer life that you are aware.
• Ask God to teach you to pray with love, power and authority.
• Thank God for the Holy Spirit that helps us when we don’t know what to pray for. Romans 8:26
• Pray for Homeless people-that God brings immediate relief, shelter, food and health care; that Christ will restore hope for the future; for protection from the risk of life on the streets; for employment and shelter.

Remember to PRESS TO PRAY AND MEDITATE AN HOUR A DAY.

Spiritual Health Check Up- Write responses in a journal or notebook. No one will review the answers.
Prayer: Are you praying regularly? When?
When did you have a prayer answered?
Are your prayers all requests or do you spend time in praise and thanksgiving toward God?
Do you take time to be silent before God so that you can “hear” God’s voice?

Linda Fegins , The Prayer Leader

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Day 8 – Day 12 of the 40 Day Prayer Journey: Growing to Please God for a Renewed Relationship With God

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Thank you for joining the 40 Day Prayer Journey, “Growing by the Power Within to Please God: Repenting For A Renewed Relationship With God”. Philippians 2:13.

This is a daily prayer journey. Today’s prayer focus is a continuation of the 40 Day Prayer Journey which began on March 5 Ash Wednesday. See prior post for prior days. Below you will find Days 8 thru 12.

During the Forty Day Prayer Journey daily read the suggested scriptures. Meditate on the Word asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you and reveal in your heart how He wants you to respond personally and on behalf of your church or city. This is an opportunity for personal repentance. Ask the Lord to search your heart for thoughts and actions that are sinful. (Psalm 139:23-24) Allow the Lord to examine your life thoroughly. Resist the tendency to see sin in other people without being transparent with the Lord in your own life.

You must be brave enough to say “Lord, show me what is in my heart, soul, mind and spirit and life that shouldn’t be there. Convict me where I am missing the mark. Tear down my arrogance, pride, fear and insecurities and help me to see the truth about myself, life and my circumstances. Expose me to myself, Lord and help me to take it. Enable me to correct my ways and turn away from sin to walk in a lifestyle of repentance.” Prayer by Stormie Omartian.

Pray the specific daily prayer points and what the Holy Spirit brings to your heart. It is suggested that you write in a journal your reflections and what the Lord is saying to you.

DAY 8 – March 12 Growing to Please God by Loving the Lord With All Your Heart

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Matthew 22: 34-40

Repent: Of not loving God with all your heart, soul and mind; of allowing other things to fill and occupy your life.

Pray:

• Ask God to search your heart and to reveal to you any sin for which you need to seek forgiveness.
• Intercede for Messiah and the churches in our community to be filled with fresh love for God and to demonstrate the love to others.
• Pray that the love of Christ will compel believers everywhere to share the gospel with others in love.
• Ask God to give you clarity about your purpose.
• Pray for a deeper relationship with Christ through prayer and to help you pray consistently.
• Pray for Youth – Psalm 144:12 – that they will commit themselves to Christ; for moral strength to choose wisely; for older mentors; for friendships with those who are following Jesus, for good relationships and open communication with parents.
• Pray for your Pastor
-Quality and quantity time spent with the Lord in spite of ministry distractions.
-His ability to receive clear revelation from the Lord.
-Strength to carry out his pastoral calling.
-His wife, home and family.
-His pastoral calling, that he does it with joy and not with grief.

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DAY 9 – March 13 Growing to Please God by Seeking the Lord With All Our Heart

Scriptures: Deut. 4:39-40; 2 Chron. 7:12-16; Heb. 11:6

Repent: Of not consistently seeking after the Lord to know Him, His ways, and His will. Repent of seeking after the ways and approval of man.

Pray:

• Ask God to search your heart and to reveal to you any sin for which you need to seek forgiveness.
• Intercede for family members, friends and neighbors that they may began to seek to know God and have a desire to walk and talk with Him.
• Pray for a deeper relationship with Christ through prayer and to help you pray consistently.
• Pray for Families Gen. 28:14 – For God centered relationships among family members; for families broken by divorce to be healed; that Christ’s forgiveness would occur among family members; that parents will teach their children in God’s ways of living and that families would pray together.
• Pray for the community and our city to turn from wicked ways and to seek the Lord
• Pray for those who are unemployed and those burdened by debt.
• Pray for the gospel to be proclaimed to the unevangelized people in your city and in the world.

DAY 10 – March 14 Growing to Please God by Maintaining a Clean Heart

Scripture: Psalm 66:18-19; Mark 11:25-26; James 5:16

Repent: Of failing to forgive another and holding malice in your heart. Or repent if you know that you have offended or hurt someone.

Reflect: Is there any area in your life about which you need to release bitterness, or have refused to forgive someone or sinful areas which you need to release.

Pray:

• Pray for your enemies and ask God to release you from any unforgiveness.
• Confess any sin that the Spirit brings to your attention.
• Ask God to search your heart and life and to reveal to you any sin you may need to deal with.
• Ask God for spiritual blessings, for ministry opportunities and empowerment for service.
• Pray that the gospel may reach, touch and renew the hearts and minds of people without hope in our world today.
• Forgive and pray for those who have offended you and hurt you.
• Pray that our church and the churches of the city be filled with a love for the Word of God and to receive the Word with joy.
• Ethnic Communities: Psalm 22:27 – that God would bring racial harmony; that long standing offenses may be healed by the forgiveness which begins in Jesus; that Christians show honor and act in Christ’s reconciling power; that many churches would demonstrate the redemptive purpose of God in the beauty of the distinctive languages and cultures.
• Pray for President Obama and his family.

DAY 11 – March 15 Growing to Please God By Waiting on the Lord

Scriptures: Psalm 62; Isaiah 40:31; 2Thess. 1:2-10

Repent: Of anxiety and impatience; of activity born of the flesh to make something happen and not born of the Spirit unto faith; of looking to anyone or anything else for what only God can supply; and of trusting human strength.

Pray:

• Pray for forgiveness and a fresh leading by the Holy Spirit to patiently wait on the Lord.
• Pray for the church and yourself to be still and know that the Lord is God and that He will be exalted among the nations.
• Pray for yourself or _____ to trust fully in the Lord knowing that He knows the times and the seasons and is able to accomplish that which concerns you today.
• Ask God to bring deep conviction of sin, spiritual brokenness, a holy fear of God and genuine repentance among His people. (2 Corinthians 7:10).
• Pray for unity and cooperation among the ministries and leaders.
• Pray for Michigan leaders and Governor Snyder.
• Sick People: For God’s healing touch to be upon the sick of the community; that they will be comforted; that they will grow in character as God walks them through the ordeal; that God will provide for their financial needs; for their care givers.

DAY 12 – March 16 Growing to Please God by Following after the Lord

Scriptures: Psalm 63 ; Luke 9:23-26 ; Joshua 14:8-9

Repent: Of pursing worldly, fleshly affections; of following the ways of man and the world rather than the Lord; of inconsistency in pursuing the Lord and His ways.

Pray:

• Pray for the church to become committed to become wholly devoted to the Word and to God’s purpose and will for the Kingdom.
• Pray for the church and you to become committed to following after the Lord.
• Pray that you and the church will replace a complacent attitude and concern for the distractions of the world with a restoration of first love passion for Jesus.
• Pray for the gospel to be declared in every part of Detroit and/or your city.
• Pray that the Father would gather and grow a generation of full-hearted worshippers in your church and city.
• Pray for the Lord to add to the church daily those who are being saved. Acts 2:4.
• Pray for ministry leaders to be committed to corporate prayer.
• Pray for those who are unemployed.-Pray that God will meet the needs of those without work in a way that they can thank God for his provision; that they will sound find meaningful employment and glorify God for it;
• Pray for those who are burdened by debt.

Linda Fegins 2014
Linda Fegins 2014-”The Prayer Leader” has served as Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years( later Director over the Prayer Ministry) for the Lydia Circle Christian Business and Professional Women. She serves as an intercessor and teacher/trainer with Global Intercessors Prayer Force. As part of the Lydia Circle she has lead over 8 prayer boot camps, all night prayer services, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa. She served on the prayer team of a medical missions trip to Jamaica under the leadership of Rev. Jackie McCullough. She serves as the Prayer Leader of the Intercessory Prayer Team of her church. Linda serves as an intercessor and volunteer for Girlfriends Pray, a global prayer ministry. Contact her at ldfaygo@aol.com.

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Day 4 – Day 8 of the 40 Day Prayer Journey:Repenting for a Renewed Relationship With God

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This is a continuation of the 40 Day Prayer Journey “Growing By the Power Within to Please God” which began on March 5, Ash Wednesday. – The First 7 Days we will focus on “Repenting For A Renewed Relationship With God”.

Day 4 March 8 through Day 8 March 12. You may look at the prior days on the blog. During the Forty Day Prayer Journey daily read the suggested scriptures. Meditate on the Word asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you and reveal in your heart how He wants you to respond personally and on behalf of your church or city. This is an opportunity for personal repentance. Ask the Lord to search your heart for thoughts and actions that are sinful. (Psalm 139:23-24) Allow the Lord to examine your life thoroughly. Resist the tendency to see sin in other people without being transparent with the Lord in your own life. Repentance always comes back to the individual heart. Respond as the Lord gives you liberty and genuine conviction.

No one is perfect. But we all can surrender our lives to God and let Him work through us. It is important that each of us possess a clean heart. This is required as a part of God’s call for you to get right before Him for a closer relationship with Him, to enable you to do the work He has called you to do and to receive the blessings He has in store for you.

To do that you must examine yourself carefully. You have to confess your sin and repent. You must be brave enough to say “Lord, show me what is in my heart, soul, mind and spirit and life that shouldn’t be there. Convict me where I am missing the mark. Tear down my arrogance, pride, fear and insecurities and help me to see the truth about myself, life and my circumstances. Expose me to myself, Lord and help me to take it. Enable me to correct my ways.” Prayer by Stormie Omartian.

Pray and intercede the specific prayer points and what the Holy Spirit brings to your heart. It is suggested that you write in a journal your reflections and what the Lord is saying to you.

DAY 4 March 8 “Growing By The Power Within to Please God”:
Repenting For a Renewed Relationship With God

Scriptures: Esther 4:1-4, 16-17; Matthew 11:20-23; 2 Chronicles 34:27(NLT)

Repent: Of the times you have not responded to the call for personal and corporate times of fasting.

Meditate, pray, and write down areas for which you should repent.

Pray:

• Praise God that He responds to humble hearts and that His grace will search out every hidden place of sin if you surrender to Him.
• Confess to the Lord the ways you have not understood repentance as a lifestyle.
• Ask the Lord to give you a tender heart that is sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and the conviction of sin.
• Pray for pastors and ministry leaders to live out lifestyles of repentance.
• Pray that the message of repentance as a way of life will be preached in churches in your community.
• Pray that your lifestyle of repentance will glorify God and attract unbelievers to Him.
• Pray that the Word of God will be revered and honored in you and in your church.
• Pray that believers in your community will see a truer picture of idolatry and sin- and be willing to repent.

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DAY 5-March 9 “Growing By The Power Within to Please God”:
Repenting For a Renewed Relationship With God

Scriptures: Psalm 51:6, 10; Joel 2:12-15

Repent: Of failing to examine every attitude, motive, every action and every word of condemnation and sin and to ignore our sins.

Meditate, pray, and write down areas for which you should repent.

Pray:

• Ask God to cleanse your heart of every fault and sin and renew a right spirit within you.
• Specifically I confess to You Lord______________________________________.
• Ask the Lord to show you any place in your life where you harbor sin in your thoughts, words, or actions that you have not recognized.
• Welcome the Lord into those inward places and repent of everything He shows you. Rejoice in His peace.
• Ask the Lord to enable you by the power of the Holy Spirit to make changes where you need to do so.
• Ask the Lord to “wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin: and create in me a clean heart”. Psalm 51:1-2, 10-11.
• Pray that the thoroughness of repentance will be embraced by you, others and at your church.
• Praise the Lord that the Blood of Jesus will cleanse and redeem every part of your repentant heart.
• Intercede for the church in our community to be filled with a fresh love for God and to demonstrate His love to those around us—both in the church and among those who do not yet know Christ.

DAY 6-March 10 “Growing By The Power Within to Please God”:
Repenting For a Renewed Relationship With God

Scriptures: Acts 3:19; Isaiah 55:6-8; Acts 3:2

Repent: Of ________________________________________________________.

Meditate, pray, and write down areas for which you should repent.

Pray:

• Give thanks that God will hear our cries of repentance.
• Ask forgiveness for delaying repentance because of pride or negative motives.
• Pray for the Lord to reveal every area in your community where He requires repentance.
• For Christ to bring people near enough to God to experience the Father’s loving delight in His Son for people to love and follow Jesus.
• Pray that the church in your city would be overwhelmed with a spirit of humility and repentance, turning from the ways of the world and toward the Lord.
• Pray that the number of believers following the ways of humility and repentance would increase exponentially.
• Pray that the promise of revival would be poured out upon the people of God as we walk in His ways.
• Intercede for the church in our community to be filled with fresh love for God and to demonstrate His love to those around us-both in the church and among those who do not yet know Christ.

DAY 7 – March 11 “Growing By The Power Within to Please God”:
Repenting For a Renewed Relationship With God

Scriptures: 2 Kings 22:19-20 (NLT); Jonah 3: 8-9; Daniel 9: 3-6, 20-23

Repent: Of ________________________________________________________.

Meditate, pray, and write down other areas for which you should repent.

Reflect on repentance.

Pray:

• Praise the Lord that He delights in responding to a heart of repentance and humble hearts.
• Confess the ways you have ignored God’s call to repent.
• Offer your heart to the Lord in repentance.
• Pray that the cycles of violence and revenge be ended. Pray that we repent as a community and nation from hatred, fear, and anger.
• Pray for the spirit of repentance to sweep across the city of Detroit or your city.
• Pray that the grace of God would impact the world through you as you follow Him in humble obedience and repentance.
• Pray that many in our city, family and community will turn from their evil ways .Pray that that they open their spiritual eyes and ears to hear the gospel, to see their sin, such they will turn and follow the Lord.
• Pray that God will use your prayers of repentance as a powerful spiritual weapon in your church and city.

DAY 8 – March 12 Growing to Please God by Loving the Lord With All Your Heart

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Matthew 22: 34-40

Repent: Of not loving God with all your heart, soul and mind; of allowing other things to fill and occupy your life.

Pray:

Ask God to search your heart and to reveal to you any sin for which you need to seek forgiveness.
• Intercede for your church and the churches in our community to be filled with fresh love for God and to demonstrate the love to others.
• Pray that the love of Christ will compel believers everywhere to share the gospel with others in love.
• Ask God to give you clarity about your purpose.
• Pray for a deeper relationship with Christ through prayer and to help you pray consistently.
• Pray for Youth – Psalm 144:12 – that they will commit themselves to Christ; for moral strength to choose wisely; for older mentors; for friendships with those who are following Jesus, for good relationships and open communication with parents.
• Pray that you will show how you love the Lord with all your heart by your love for others and your obedience to the Lord.

Linda Fegins 2014

40 Day Prayer Journey – Repenting For A Renewed Relationship With God

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Growing By the Power Within to Please God – The First 7 Days We Will Focus on
Repenting For A Renewed Relationship With God

The Lenten Season (March 5 to April 13) is a time of repentance, self-examination, fasting and prayer in preparation for Resurrection Sunday (Easter). Renewing your sense of who you really are before God is the core of the Lenten experience. Today seek God with a repentant heart (See Joel 2: 12-24) and honestly search your heart (Psalm 139:23-24). As you pray through the 40 Days of Prayer Journey allow the Lord to examine your life thoroughly.). During this prayer journey we are repenting for a renewed relationship with God.

DAY 1 – March 5, 2014- Ash Wednesday the Beginning of Lent

Scriptures: Psalm 139: 23-24 ; 1 John 1:9 ; Psalm 32:5; Acts 3:19

Psalm 139:23-24 Amplified Bible (AMP)
23 Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting

1 John 1:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)9
If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]

Psalm 32:5 King James Version (KJV)
5 I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Acts 3:19Amplified Bible (AMP)

19 So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of [a]reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;
No one is perfect. But we all can surrender our lives to God and let Him work through us. It is important that each of us possess a clean heart. This is required as a part of God’s call for you to get right before Him for a closer relationship with Him , to enable you to do the work He has called you to do and to receive the blessings He has in store for you.

To do that you must examine yourself carefully. You have to confess your sin and repent. You must be brave enough to say “Lord, show me what is in my heart, soul, mind and spirit and life that shouldn’t be there. Convict me where I am missing the mark. Tear down my arrogance, pride, fear and insecurities and help me to see the truth about myself, life and my circumstances. Expose me to myself, Lord and help me to take it . Enable me to correct my ways.” Prayer by Stormie Omartian.
Now, you say it or another for yourself.

Confess: Confess to God any sins of thoughts or actions that He shows you.

Repent: Of all the things that you have confessed.

Meditate, pray, and write down other areas for which you should repent.

Reflect on repentance and on what way you want to improve in your prayer life to deepen your relationship and friendship with God.

Pray:

• Confess the ways that you have been complacent about sin and not appalled that His Holy name is defiled.
• Confess any sin that the Spirit brings to your attention.
• Ask God to reveal to you a new understanding of repentance and His holiness.
• Express to the Lord your desire to repent for the sake of His holy name.
• Ask God to search your heart and life and to reveal to you any sin you may need to deal with.
• Repentance means to change your mind and be determined not to do the sin again. It means to turn and walk the other way and that we are sorry about our sin to the point of grief. Ask God to open your eyes, ears and heart to feel real sadness and sorrow about your sin and to turn your heart and mind to repent. Thank Him for the gift of repentance.
• Pray for God to strengthen your prayer life and deepen your relationship with Him.

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DAY 2-March 6 Growing By The Power Within to Please God”:
Repenting For A Renewed Relationship With God

Scriptures: Job 42: 1-6 ; Isaiah 58:1-6

Repent: Of _________________________________________________.

Meditate, pray, and write down other areas for which you should repent.

Reflect on repentance, what you want to release in your life and on what steps you need to take to improve your prayer life and to deepen your relationship with God.

Pray:

• Job learned that there was no room for arrogance or misinterpretation of true repentance. He meekly took back everything he thought he knew and then sat in ashes. Ask God to forgive you for trying to justify your attitudes and mindset. Pray that your life will demonstrate a deeply repentant heart and attitude toward God without excuses or explanations.
• Confess the ways you have taken the message of repentance lightly and tried to soften the reality of your sin.
• Pray that the message of repentance will penetrate your heart and the members of your church.
• Ask the Lord to free people in your life from Satan’s trap and then lead them into the gift of repentance.
• Pray for MEN – Pray that men will seek God and honor Him with an integrity that unites their lives in faithfulness, wisdom, and truth; that their vision of masculinity would be a Christ-like servant leadership in the family, church and world.
• Pray for God to strengthen your prayer life and deepen your relationship with Him.
• Intercede for the church in our community to be filled with fresh love for God and to demonstrate His love to those around us-both in the church and among those who do not yet know Christ.
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DAY 3-March 7 “Growing By The Power Within to Please God”:
Repenting For A Renewed Relationship With God

Scriptures: Daniel 9: 1-5; Jeremiah 6: 16-26

Repent: Of ________________________________________________________.

Meditate, pray, and write down other areas for which you should repent.

Reflect on repentance, what you want to release in your life and on what steps you need to take to improve your prayer life and to deepen your relationship with God.

Pray:

• For Christ to bring people near enough to God to experience the Father’s loving delight in His Son for people to love and follow Jesus.
• Approach the throne of God humbly and thank Him for forgiveness and His gift of repentance.
• Ask God to stir a continual heart of repentance in you.
• Pray that the message of repentance will be taught and preached at Messiah with grace and mercy-but without compromise.
• Ask the Lord to free people in your life from Satan’s trap and then lead them to repent.
• Pray that your community will be redeemed and restored through an outpouring of God’s gift of repentance.
• Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
• Ask God to stir a continual heart of repentance in you.

Linda Fegins, “The Prayer Leader” has served as Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years( later Director over the Prayer Ministry) for the Lydia Circle Christian Business and Professional Women. She serves as an intercessor and teacher/trainer with Global Intercessors Prayer Force. As part of the Lydia Circle she has lead over 8 prayer boot camps, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa and was on the prayer team of a medical missions trips to Jamaica under the leadership of Rev.Jackie McCullough. She is also a member of the National Church Prayer Leaders Network and serves as the Prayer Leader of the Intercessory Prayer Team of her church. Linda serves as a intercessor and volunter for Girlfriends Pray, a global prayer ministry. Contact her ldfaygo@gmail.com

Repenting For A Renewed Relationship With God

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The Lenten Season (March 5 to April 13) is a time of repentance, self-examination, fasting and prayer in preparation for Resurrection Sunday (Easter). Renewing your sense of who you really are before God is the core of the Lenten experience and repenting of your sins. Today seek God with a repentant heart (See Joel 2: 12-24) and honestly search your heart (Psalm 139:23-24). As you pray through the 40 Days of Prayer Journey allow the Lord to examine your life thoroughly (daily post this month).

Resist the tendency to deny the need to repent and be cleansed of the Lord. Be transparent with the Lord. God offers so many wonderful results of repentance, including healing, restoring, freedom, joy and reconciliation. In Acts 3:19 the call to repentance brings hope and renewal: “Repent, then, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord”.

It is important to note that a repentant heart is not limited to a special season or time of the year. If we want to have effective prayer lives which bring forth life transformation and healing of the land, repentance must become a part of our lifestyle. Despite the benefits of repentance, we are resistant to the thought of repentance. Repentance isn’t a popular word. Our culture encourages us to do whatever we want when we want and does not encourage repenting. TV, music videos and movies very rarely show the consequences of our sins.

It is one thing to know that you have done something that is wrong. But it is another to be saddened and sorrowful about your actions and determine that you will turn away from that sin and never do the act again. To repent “I” or “we” must come to terms with and acknowledge that we have sinned and then turn away from such sinful behavior and be reconciled back to our loving Lord. Therefore, repentance is a change of mind that involves both a turning from sin and turning to God. Christ began his ministry with a call to repentance. (Mathew. 4:17).

We must examine every attitude, every motive, every action and ever word of evil. Repentance means that you are deeply godly sorrowful and hurt about what you have done unto the Lord and that you are determined to do all that you can not to commit that sin again. “Repentance means we are sorry about our sin to the point of grief, and we have turned and walked away from it”. Stormie Omartian, “The Power of a Praying Woman” p. 40, Harvest House Publishers, (2002).

Charles Spurgeon writes:
Repentance is a discovery of the evil of sin, a mourning that we have committed it, a resolution to forsake it. It is, in fact, a change of mind of a very deep and practical character, which makes the man love what once he hated, and hate what once he loved.

J. I. Packer writes:
Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of your God, and as our knowledge grows at these three points so our practice of repentance has to be enlarged.

Before we can truly repent we must admit our sins and tell them to God. Confession means we recognize we have done wrong and admit it. We cannot hide from God no matter how we try. God knows what “I” have done and wants “me and you” to know and admit in detail what “I” have done. Dick Eastman, in “The Hour That Changes the World”, says, “Confession is a heartfelt recognition of what we are. It is important to God because it indicates that we take seriously our mistakes and failures. Of course, God does not ask us to confess our sins because He needs to know we have sinned, but because He knows that we need to know we have sinned”. Dick Eastman, “The Hour That Changes the World”,p.42 , Baker Book House, (1999). If we do not confess our sins one consequence is that our prayer life will suffer as God will not hear our prayers if we have iniquity in our hearts (Psalm 66:18).

God offers many wonderful results of repentance, including healing, restoring, freedom, joy and reconciliation. In Acts 3:19 the call to repentance invites you to “repent, then turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord”.

Here is an example of a prayer of repentance to help you get started in initiating self-examination , prayer and a spirit of repentance.

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Prayer of Repentance

Lord, I come humbly before You and ask you to cleanse my heart of my every sin. “Have mercy on me O, Lord according to your loving kindness and blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly of my iniquity and cleanse me of all of my sin. (Psalm 51:1-2) Lord create in me a clean heart. Please Lord renew a right spirit within me (Psalm 51:10-11). Forgive me for thoughts I have had, words I have spoken and things that I have done that are not pleasing in your sight and do not glorify you. Father, forgive me I pray for my sins of_______(state them)________________________. I confess it is a sin and truly repent of these acts, words and thoughts. ( 1 John 1:9; Psalm 32:5 Proverbs 28:13, Psalm 51:6, 10). Lord search the inwards hidden places of my heart and reveal my sin to me that I may not see. (Psalm 139: 23-24). I seek to repent of everything that You show me Lord. I confess my sins to you in the full realization that you are faithful and just to forgive me of all my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.( 1John 1:9) I know that my sins are against You and You only. Grant me a broken, willing spirit and a contrite heart so I can offer it to You (Psalm 51:1-4, Psalm. 51:12, Psalm 51:17).

Thank you Father. I desire to obey your commandments and statutes. I choose to stop my sinful ways and to turn to walk upright. Help me, Lord God to bring forth fruits that are worthy of repentance (Luke 3:8). Lord I want to live a righteous, pure and holy life through your power (Colossians 1:11). I am determined to walk in the Spirit and in your ways and walk away from my sins by the power of the Holy Ghost. Grant me a godly sorrow that is not just full of regret because of the consequences of sin but sorrow that leads to true repentance (2 Corinthians 7:9-10). Lord give me a tender heart that is sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and the conviction of sin. Holy Spirit, thank You for convicting me of my sin. Forgive me for the ways I’ve ignored Your voice and quenched and grieved You. (John 16:8; Ephesians. 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Romans. 8:1-2). Lord I praise you, Father, for your goodness that leads to repentance (Romans 2:4). Lord thank you for restoring my soul so that the times of refreshing my come (Acts 3:19). Amen

So that you can begin the process of self-examination through prayer, confession, and study of the Word that leads to repentance the following action steps are suggested:

Action Steps:
1. During the Lenten season I want to encourage you to join this or a 40 day Prayer Journey even if you are beginning at day 7 or whatever day. Just begin where you are. Determine to spend quality time with the Lover(God) of your soul every day. Decide to start out with half an hour and increase it slowly. Be diligent, consistent and be faithful. We can never grow or develop an intimate relationship with God unless we spend quality time with Him.
2. Confess any sin you may be guilty of against man and God. Ask God to search you and reveal any unconfessed sin to you daily.
3. Say or write a prayer of repentance out of your heart. Above is an example of a prayer of repentance. Your prayer need not be perfect, but sincere, sorrowful and heartfelt.
4. Have a journal. God has so much to speak into your life. It may not happen overnight if you haven’t been praying on a consistent basis. But remember He is right there. Don’t give up.
5. Leave a prayer request or comment.

Linda Fegins, “The Prayer Leader” has served as Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years( later Director over the Prayer Ministry) for the Lydia Circle Christian Business and Professional Women. As part of the Lydia Circle she has lead over 8 prayer boot camps, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa and was on the prayer team of a medical missions trips to Jamaica under the leadership of Rev.Jackie McCullough. She is also a member of the National Church Prayer Leaders Network and serves as the Prayer Leader of the Intercessory Prayer Team of her church.

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