40 Days of Prayer

Written by webmaster on Jul 11, 2019

40 Days of Prayer ///  We invite you to join together as a community in 40 Days of Prayer this summer. Beginning Wednesday, July 17, we embarked on a community-wide spiritual journey to seek God’s will in our lives both as individuals and as a church community. Print devotionals are available on Sundays, and we publish the devotionals weekly right here and daily on our Rockpointe Facebook page.

WEEK ONE DEVOTIONAL         WEEK TWO DEVOTIONAL

WEEK THREE DEVOTIONAL         WEEK FOUR DEVOTIONAL

WEEK FIVE DEVOTIONAL         WEEK SIX DEVOTIONAL

We will also mark the 40 days with three Gathering Points. These Wednesday evenings will provide distinct experiences where we can pursue God’s purpose together as the Rockpointe community. Gathering Points are at 7 P on July 17, 31, and August 21. Childcare is available for infants – 6th grade.


WEEK FIVE /// August 14 – August 21
Theme: Words
Song for Reflection: Words (Hawk Nelson)

Day 29 – Wednesday, August 14
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. [Colossians 3:15-17 NIV]

God gives us a picture here that, just as our words in our communal worship are meant to exalt God, so too should our deeds and our wordsdo so in every aspect of our life.

Do the words of our lips express gratitude and thankfulness to God, and encourage peace with one another? How can we be an agent of peace in the church and in the world today? Ask God to show you, and listen to the promptings He gives you.

Day 30 – Thursday, August 15
Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. [Proverbs 16:24 NLT]

Think about the word kind – it means “deliberately being good to another,” but the root of the word means “born of, from a particular nature.” Like when God made all the creatures of this earth, he made them to reproduce “according to their kind”(Gen 1:11, 21, 24). That means they would produce others that would be reflections of themselves inside-and-out. So kind words are meant to be words that we speak that are born of a particular nature – to be a reflection inside-and-out – of…whom? Well, God made us in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26) – to be like him in kind. Think about it – He wants our kind words to be words “born of Him, of His nature,” providing health and sweetness to others, as He does.

Are your words a reflection of Christ’s sweetness, the health and vibrancy he brings to a soul?  Talk to God about this, and let His words in response to you shape your heart, character, and the fruit of your lips.

Day 31 – Friday, August 16
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. [Colossians 4:6 NIV]

There’s a food show where a chef saves a failing restaurant, and when he evaluates their food quality, he says almost every time, “You need to discover SALT!” Too much salt can be bad! But in proper balance, Salt is meant to season food, bringing out the savory quality and taste, and even to cause a slight thirst that only water can quench in a satisfying way. That is what God wants in our conversation with others – His grace on display in a way that brings a savory-ness to the conversation, and through our example, make another thirsty for the living water that only Jesus Christ can provide.

Did that just describe your conversations with others…or not? Something to talk with God about today.

Day 32 – Saturday, August 17
Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right time. [Proverbs 25:11 AMP]

Do you ever consider a timelinessto your words? Think about it – a friend comes to you who is caught in a life-debilitating personal compromise or sin, you see that they’re struggling with their failure, and in that moment, rather than help them gently and humbly with the hope of their restoration (Galatians 1:1-2), you instead choose to blurt out every time they’ve ever failed in their life. You may be correct about those other sins and failures – but is this a timely word? Perhaps it could’ve waited until they were restored and ready to deal with those other issues? There are many situations we could imagine and ask similar questions about the timeliness of what we choose (or choose not) to say.

How is the timeliness of your words toward others? Do you find they are thanking you for your gracious, timely words, or showing hurt and frustration over being clubbed by your statements? Discuss it with God and open your heart to be challenged and changed where necessary.

Day 33 – Sunday, August 18
A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare. [Proverbs 15:1 NLT]

Read the story of David, Nabal and Abigail in 1 Samuel 25, and see how Nabal’s harsh, thoughtless words almost brought wrath and destruction, while Abigail’s careful, gentle words deflected disaster.

Galatians 5:22-23 tells us what the attributes of God’s Spirit are – His very character – that he wants to produce in us like fruit is produced from a healthy tree. They are:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. All of these are worth praying to God about, asking Him to increasingly produce them in our character and lives. But particularly notice gentlenesstoday, and think about what that means in your words and conversations.

How would things be different with you and your spouse, your kids, your co-workers, Christians, non-Christians, people of all different ethnic, political, and religious stripes, etc…if you approached every conversation – even when they’re disagreements – dripping with the fruit of gentleness? Is that fruit being produced in your conversations…or is the fruit of your lips rotten with harshness, anger and hatred? Something worth talking with God about today.

Day 34 – Monday, August 19
Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow. [Proverbs 25:18 NLT]

There isn’t a lot of expounding we need to do on this scripture; the intense imagery speaks for itself. Lying words – and other forms of harmful talk, like gossip – are serious issues, as other scriptures stress:

“You shall not bear false witness against another” (Exodus 20:16…one of the 10 commandments).

“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” (Proverbs 11:13)

“There are six things the LORD hates – no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.” (Proverbs 6:16-19; which sin is repeated twice in this list?)

Bottom line: If gossip and lying is a part of your life, you need to talk with God with a heart of repentance today.

Day 35 – Tuesday, August 20
Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. [Proverbs 18:21 MSG]

Every day, every conversation, every moment, is a choice as to what our words will do. Words are powerful weapons. Proverbs 12:18 says “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Ever been pierced by a sword? I haven’t either, but I can imagine the pain and damage it does. That’s what our words can do to another human soul. Or read James chapter 3 – you’ll get an even greater understanding of the power of words.

If that isn’t conviction enough, then hear the words of Jesus regarding the words we choose:

“And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” (Matthew 12:36-37, NLT)

God has entrusted us with this powerful tool called the tongue, and then trusted us to use it to protect, not damage, others.  How are you doing with what He has entrusted to you?

What words will you choose to say to those in your life today? How about tomorrow? This whole week? This whole life?  Your words can give life or take it away. That’s something to talk to God about today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your days…

WEEK SIX /// August 21 – August 25
Theme: Listening to and Inquiring of the Lord
Song for Reflection: “Know Your Heart” (David Leonard)

Day 36 – Wednesday, August 21
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. [John 10:27-29 NLT]

When you respect someone, you listen to them. Relationship with God can’t be vibrant without a willingness to listen to Him, and to hear from Him.  Listening and hearing always involves following. To “hear and not to follow” is incomplete. The comforting thing is – even at the times when we don’t listen real well – God assures us that if we have chosen to follow him, he has given us eternal life and we are secure in His arms.

Today is a day to first affirm in prayer God’s promise of eternal life to you. Spend time with Him and celebrate His amazing promise to you! Then ask Him in what areas of your life you can re-commit to following Him.

Day 37 – Thursday, August 22
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. [Proverbs 4:20-26 NLT]

Paying attention to God and following Him carefully is richly rewarding…but it takes a singular focus. There are many things that distract in this world and draw our attention and path away from Him. And there are things we can do to “re-focus” on paying attention to Him. For instance, re-inquiring of God before we make key choices and decisions (read how David did this in 1 Samuel 30:8). Or simply realizing and accepting that God will sometimes take our path in a different direction than we had planned (Proverbs 16:9). It takes a resolve to protect our heart against the things that would pull us away, and to focus each day on walking “in Jesus’ footprints”. It takes a level of determined commitment…and trust.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.  (Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT])

What distractions are pulling you away from listening carefully to God? Fix your eyes on Him today, talk to Him, and listen to what He has to say to you about it.

Day 38 – Friday, August 23
“Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.” Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given – and you will receive even more. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”
[Mark 4:23-25 NLT]

Jesus says that understanding and learning from him begins with listening closely. Sometimes we think God isn’t interested in speaking to us; but the real issue is that we simply choose not to listen. We’ve closed the ear of our soul to his voice: “That is why the Holy Spirit says, ‘Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested me in the wilderness.’”  (Hebrews 3:7-8, NLT)

We can listen carefully to him by reading his Word, by hearing the teaching of his Word, and by talking to him in prayer and asking him questions of the heart. As we listen, he’ll respond to us through the harmony of answered prayer, His revealed will in Scripture, and other trusted voices that speak into our lives.

Talk to God today and ask him for understanding in a specific area of your life. Seek His response through his word, through teaching, through trusted voices, and through His voice speaking to your spirit.

Day 39 – Saturday, August 24
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. [James 1:19-22 NLT]

Listening is a “skill of the soul” that only God can grant. It grows when it’s cultivated in good soil, and that soul is the word of God that we approach with humility and allow it to be planted in our hearts, so that we’ll walk in His ways and not in the ways of sin (Psalm 119:11).

Pray God’s Word today – for example, read aloud to yourself a chapter like Romans 12, and let each verse sink in as to how it would shape your character and how you fit into God’s family, then talk to God and ask Him to shape that characteristic in you. In this way, God can renew your mind and transform you into someone who is “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry”…and who’s also quick to listen for His guidance through His word.

Day 40 – Sunday, August 25

Read Psalm 139.

God knows everything about you. He fashioned you together. He surrounds you, He lifts you up, He carries you, and He searches your heart.

End this prayer devotional with a recognition that God is your “all in all”. Spend time in His presence. “Be still, and know that He is God” (Psalm 46:10), and let him quiet any trouble in your soul. Invite Him once again to search your heart, and to lead you on life’s journey toward Him.