Dear Grace Meridian Hill,
We’re excited to launch the 40 Days of Prayer this coming Monday, January 14!
One soul-enriching way to start the new year is by devoting ourselves to prayer, both individually and as a church family. The 40 Days of Prayer is an easy way to spend at least a few minutes each day — but across 5½ weeks — renewing our relationship with Christ. What a great way to kick-off 2019! Can you imagine what God can do in and through a church family that devotes itself to focused, unified prayer for forty days?
Let’s do it together, church! You’ll be hearing more about this exciting opportunity on Sunday. But sign up immediately to receive each day’s prayers by email. And keep reading to learn more about the 40 Days of Prayer…
How Will We Pray?
We’ll provide you with a Prayer Guide, both printed and electronic. Each page will include a brief Bible verse, along with prayer points and a brief reflection question, to help guide your daily prayers. The prayers for each day will be focused on a particular topic related to everyday life: Gospel Identity, Church, Work/Calling, Relationships, and Neighborhood.
For the most part, you’ll be praying individually — a few minutes, whenever and wherever you can. But we also encourage you to pray together, using the prayer of the day, anytime you happen to be gathered with other members of our community (e.g., during a social gathering, as a small group, etc.) during these forty days.
The forty days in the prayer guide are organized around the four themes of “covenant renewal” (Josh. 24:1-28; cf. Deut. 31:9-13; 2 Kings 23:1-3; 2 Chron. 34:29-33; Jer. 31:31-34), which Duke preached about: Remember (Days 1-10), Repent (Days 11-20), Reorient (Days 21-30), and Recommit (Days 31-40). This reflects our goal of seeking a renewed relationship with God, both as individuals and as a church, through these 40 days of prayer.
Can Children Participate?
Yes! The prayer guide includes a section for younger kids called “Kids Connect,” a simplified approach to the same prayer topic. (See image above.) They can read it themselves and/or their parents/guardians can read it with them — discussing and praying together!
Where Can We Get the Prayer Guide?
You will be able to access the prayer guide in 2 different ways:
Printed Booklet: This will be distributed during our worship service this Sunday, January 13.
Daily Email: You can “opt-in” and sign up to receive each day’s prayer in your inbox. All formal members of GMH will automatically receive these daily emails. (You may choose to unsubscribe if you prefer to use the printed booklet.)
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (1 John 5:14)