31st August 2016

40 days of prayer

Welcome to the 40 Days of Prayer at the start of the new academic year!

Monday 12th September to Friday 21st October

A new academic year…new opportunities…new challenges

At City Hope we are kicking the year off with the theme:

‘Being the People of God in a post-Christian society’

The Bible tells us that Christians “shine out like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2 v15) but what is it that makes us distinct? What is it that makes us ‘shine out’?
One answer could be that ‘the people of God are a praying people’, or at least we are called to be!

Recently at City Hope we have had some fantastic times praying in the prayer room during our 36 hours of prayer period, as well as our regular
Wednesday evening and Saturday morning Advance prayer meetings.

The 40 days is another way to help give focus to our prayers as a church and this prayer diary gives a prayer suggestion to use each day for the whole period.

The people of God pray! It is what we do and who we are - we talk and listen to our wonderful God and Saviour. The hope is that this prayer diary will help you join with others in the church as we seek God’s blessing together.

The diary is given to fuel your personal prayer life (although that shouldn’t stop you using it to pray with others and in your Connect group).

We also want to meet together to pray, and we have a number of
opportunities to do so during the 40 days of prayer.

Please think about fasting on one or more of the days during the 40 day period.
Jesus fasted 40 days when he was in the wilderness preparing for his public ministry.

It might not be the case that any of us fasts from food for 40 days but it would be encouraging to think that during the 40 day period someone in City Hope is fasting and praying each day as we prepare for the year ahead.


Days 1-5: Praying through the Lord’s Prayer

Days 6-11: Church Vision - Praying about what God has called us to do locally

Days 12-25: Kingdom and Society - Praying we would be salt and light everywhere

Days 26-30: Using some of Paul’s prayers in the Bible

Days 31-36: Global Mission - praying for our friends around the world

Days 37-40: Revival in the UK

If you haven't yet got a prayer diary, you can pick one up on Sunday.
On Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th the upstairs hall at Drummond will be open for prayer from 6:30am - 9:30pm.
We will gather specifically to pray together on each day at:
7:00am-8:00am and 8:00pm-9:30pm.

Rebecca Whittlesea

Posted by Rebecca Whittlesea