“Pray before you decide.”
That is God’s message for me during our prayer meeting a while ago. So now, I am up for a 40 days challenge. 40 days of prayer. 40 days of intimacy with God. 40 days of listening before acting. 40 days of purity and love.
Why 40 days? Why not 30 or 20 or 10?
A lot of things happen in 40 days. Noah’s ark floated in the big waters/flood for 40 days and 40 nights with the angels watching over it. Our Lord Jesus Christ stayed in the desert for 40 days where he was tempted, but the angels came and helped him. When I was a child, a couple in our church got back together after 40 days of prayer by the church youth, including their children….and many other testimonies about 40 days of prayer. And yep, 40 days encourages discipline.
I want to spend the next 40 days (and of course, the rest of my life) in full dependence on God – listening to Him, seeking His will. This will be done through daily Bible reading, prayer, sharing and living out God’s Word. I know that this will help me to grow as a Christian and to be more like Christ.
May the next 40 days help me to grow deeper in love with You, my Savior, Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. May this help me to know more about You and bear more fruit for You. May this journey guide me in the steps that I will take and the big and small decisions that I will make. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!
It’s interesting to find a 40-day devotional notebook which I wrote a looong time ago to supposedly give as a present for a friend’s mother. This has helped me when I was still writing it. I guess, I could use it again now.