40 Days of Prayer

Daily Scripture Reading

Week 3

Pastor Quann’s Devotional Reading

Stay in Constant Touch With God

Today's devotion comes from the same passage of scripture used for yesterday's devotion entitled Start Each Day With Praise which is another way of saying stay in contact with God. As you praise him you are drawn into his presence.  Where His presence is, is fulfillment of joy regardless of the trials, tears, or troubles you experience.  There is power when you draw near to God and cling to him. You can draw from his mighty power. We should always stay in contact with God. Sometimes we fail to keep in contact with family members and friends period time moves swiftly and it may be months since we spoke with them. That should never be the case with God. He ought to know us by name. We ought to know him in such a way that we are logging to spend more time with him. Today scripture reference is Psalm 63:8.

“I cling to You; your strong right hand holds me securely.”

The psalmist, after his constant praise, speaks of clinging to God. He knows those around him seek to plot his demise an harm him. Nevertheless, he is in constant contact with God and fully knows that God's right hand holds him tight and secure . He has no fear but is confident in God Almighty. Therefore, he clings to God and will not let go. He knows God will not let him go. Today, whatever you do, whatever trials you're dealing with—just cling to God and stay close and draw near to Him. He is never, ever so far from us that he cannot reach us.

Prayer

Lord, I pray that I might become more aware of your presence. I pray you would move the Holy Spirit more boldly in my life. Help me to crave your presence, grow in the fruit of the Spirit and so walk closer with You. I pray for guidance from your spirit. May your will and promises always be the meditation of my heart.

Amen


Day 2: Thursday - Psalm 63:8

O God, you are my God;
    I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
    my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
    where there is no water.
I have seen you in your sanctuary
    and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
    lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
    I will praise you with songs of joy.

I lie awake thinking of you,
    meditating on you through the night.
Because you are my helper,
    I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
    your strong right hand holds me securely.


Day 3: Friday - Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.”

At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham for you will be the father of many nations. I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them!

“I will confirm my covenant with you and your descendants after you, from generation to generation. This is the everlasting covenant: I will always be your God and the God of your descendants after you.

Prayer

Heavenly father you are my hope. Give me a tangible reminder today that hope is an unbreakable spiritual lifeline. God you know all about me—my desires and needs and the promises you have given me. Today I give them to you, I trust them to you knowing that You can do more than I could ever think or imagine.

Amen


Day 4: Saturday - Psalm 22:23-26

23 Praise the Lord, all you who fear him!
    Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob!
    Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel!
24 For he has not ignored or belittled the suffering of the needy.
    He has not turned his back on them,
    but has listened to their cries for help.

25 I will praise you in the great assembly.
    I will fulfill my vows in the presence of those who worship you.
26 The poor will eat and be satisfied.
    All who seek the Lord will praise him.
    Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy


Day 5: Sunday - Reflection

In what moments do you feel most aware of God’s presence?

In what areas of life do you feel yourself losing hope?

What areas of life do you need to recommit to trust God in?

Prayer

Lord, make me more aware of your presence. Help me to put my hope and trust in you. I pray that you would open my eyes, my ears, and my heart to see you in every moment of life. In the areas that I have taken over, let me now recommit to you . Let your will be done.

Amen


Day 6: Monday - Psalm 22:27-31

27 The whole earth will acknowledge the Lord and return to him.
    All the families of the nations will bow down before him.
28 For royal power belongs to the Lord.
    He rules all the nations.

29 Let the rich of the earth feast and worship.
    Bow before him, all who are mortal,
    all whose lives will end as dust.
30 Our children will also serve him.
    Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.
31 His righteous acts will be told to those not yet born.
    They will hear about everything he has done.


Day 7: Tuesday - Romans 4:13-25

13 Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.14 If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary, and the promise is pointless. 15 For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)

16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.”[a] This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”[b] 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. 20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. 23 And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded 24 for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.

Week 2

Pastor Quann’s Devotional Reading

The Best Way to Begin Your Day

I believe with all my heart that the best way to begin the day is to begin with prayer. When you awake in the morning before you begin to move about pray and give God thanks for the new day and ask Him for guidance for the day. I remember a song that went something like this, “Did you stop to pray today?” I don’t know time you are reading this devotion, but I pose the question again, “Did you start the day with prayer?” Or were you so busy tuning into the TV, putting on the coffee, or jogging without even taking a moment or two just to talk to God? Your day would be so much better if you began with prayer. Let me repeat, the best way to begin your day is with prayer. Mark 1:35 is the scriptural text today,

“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.”

Jesus the Master Teacher began the day in prayer. He went to an isolate place to steal away to talk to His Heavenly Father. He was about to go to Galilee to preach and teach. However, He did not go without praying first. The Word of God says that Simon and others went to find Him. Jesus was already prepared to go to Galilee to cast out demons, heal the infirmed and bless the people But before any of that, He took the time to pray What a valuable lesson for us! Jesus set the example on how to begin your day May we follow the example of the Master and pray early in the morning every day.

Prayer

Lord this is the day that you have made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. With gratitude, I thank you for preserving my life for one more day. With gratitude, I thank you for our ultimate gift of love for me, in the form of your Son and the sacrifice of His life on my behalf. Because of this overwhelming gift, I humbly submit to you. Lord you are the great Teacher, so teach me your ways that I may rely on your faithfulness. Teach us to number our days and to use our time wisely.

Amen


Day 1 Mark 1:35

35 Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. 


Day 2 Psalm 25:1-10

O Lord, I give my life to you. 2I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Remember,  O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love, which you have shown from long ages past. Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth. Remember me in the light of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O Lord. The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way.10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.


Day 3 Mark 1:9:13

One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”12 The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, 13 where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.


Day 4 I Peter 3:18-21

18 Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.So he went and preached to the spirits in prison— 20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. 21 And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Day 5 Reflection

When and where is your “isolated place” to pray?

How have you engaged prayer this week more deeply?

Prayer

Dear Lord, I know that wherever I am, You are with me—guiding, protecting, providing. You make a mountain into a way; You make streams flow in the desert; You cause a root to grow out of dry ground. Thank You for giving me the opportunity to see You work when all hope seems lost.

Amen


Day 6 Genesis 9:12-17

12 Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come. 13 I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my covenant with you and with all the earth. 14 When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, 15 and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life.16 When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.” 17 Then God said to Noah, “Yes, this rainbow is the sign of the covenant I am confirming with all the creatures on earth.”


Day 7 Deuteronomy 2:7

For the Lord your God has blessed you in everything you have done. He has watched your every step through this great wilderness. During these forty years, the Lord your God has been with you, and you have lacked nothing.”’

Week 1

Pastor Quann’s Devotional Reading

Ash Wednesday—Accept God’s Blessings

Today marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. On this day, we observe Ash Wednesday. This day marks the start of a forty-day period of fasting and praying. We pray that during this season we might turn to God and seek a deeper walk with Him. We pray that it might be a time of sacrifice and self-inventory, drawing closer to God and accepting His blessings. I would argue strongly that God stands ready to bless us. Unfortunately, far too many people will not accept His blessings. He stands ready to grant to us His mercy, His love and His compassion. As we draw near to Him during this season, I pray that your relationship will grow deeper, turning toward Him and not away from Him. Plan to spend quiet time with God during this season so that your life is renewed and strengthened. The scripture reference Isaiah 1:19 reads in this manner.

“If you will only obey Me, you will have plenty to eat.”

In this moving scripture, we see the blessings that God wants to extend to His people. He lets them know through the Prophet that if they will just accept and obey Him, blessings will flow from on high. In the previous verse he writes, “Come now, let’s settle this”, says the Lord. “though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Through they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” The blessings are there! All we need to do is to accept them. Though our sins may be man, He will make them as white as snow. We do not have to live in sin and shame. Today won’t you accept the Lord’s great invitation? Give your life to Him and see the blessings He has for you. Do not put it off. Today is the day of salvation. On this Ash Wednesday, make a commitment and give your life to Christ. He will make you brand new.

Prayer

Dear Lord as we enter this season of Lent together let us welcome your presence in the daily moments of life and your cleansing action through our obedience to you. Allow us to see that you have blessings waiting for us to accept. And let this time of prayer deepen our roots in you as you ever draw us near.

Amen


Day 1 Isaiah 1:18b-19

18bThough your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.19 If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat.


Day 2 Galatians 3:13

13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”


Day 3 Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.


Day 4 Joel 2:1-2; 12-13

Sound the trumpet in Jerusalem! Raise the alarm on my holy mountain! Let everyone tremble in fear because the day of the Lord is upon us. It is a day of darkness and gloom, a day of thick clouds and deep blackness. Suddenly, like dawn spreading across the mountains, a great and mighty army appears. Nothing like it has been seen before or will ever be seen again. 12That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. 13 Don’t tear your clothing in your grief but tear your hearts instead. ”Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish


Day 5 Reflection

How have you practiced the way of prayer presented in this week’s recording?

How do you see God’s mercy and forgiveness manifesting in your life this week?

Prayer

Father of all mercies, you revealed your boundless compassion to your apostle Saint Peter in a three-fold vision: Forgive our unbelief, we pray, and so strengthen our hearts and enkindle our zeal, that we may fervently desire the salvation of all people, and diligently labor in the extension of your kingdom; through him who gave himself for the life of the world, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.


Day 6 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.


Day 7 Philippians 2:5-8

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.