40 Days of Prayer: Day 40

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20) Today marks the end of our 40 …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 39

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:17) Yesterday we prayed that our leaders (both presently and in the future) would chosen based …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 38

In 1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9, Paul instructed young pastors on the qualifications they should look for in leaders of the church. Pray today that those currently in leadership at Community Bible Church would live up to those qualifications. Pray that we would be discerning in choosing leaders—that we would not choose them based on …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 37

In less than 3 weeks, we will be hosting men from the Colony of Mercy addiction recovery program at America’s Keswick for ‘Sunday of Hope: Good News for Overcoming Addiction‘. Our service will feature testimonies about how faith in Jesus Christ has broken the bondage of addiction, and we are offering a free lunch after the …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 36

… so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:2) Over the past few days, we have prayed for those in authority at the local, state, and federal levels. The reason Paul commanded Timothy to pray for those in authority was so that Christians “may lead …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 35

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority… (1 Timothy 2:1-2) Over the past few days we have prayed for our elected officials at the state and national level. Today we want to pray for …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 34

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority… (1 Timothy 2:1-2) We continue our prayer for our elected officials today by praying for those at the state level: Governor Christie, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, and the …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 33

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority … (1 Timothy 2:1-2) Today we continue praying for our elected officials by praying for our representatives in Congress. New Jersey’s senators are Robert Menendez and Cory Booker. Dunellen’s …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 32

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority… (1 Timothy 2:1-2) Over the next few days we are going to pray for our rulers, starting today with President Obama. Pray today that President Obama would …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 31

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. … My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 30

  I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You. (Psalm 22:22) Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name. (Psalm 30:4) I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 29

Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35) For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve… (Mark 10:45) … through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13) do not merely …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 28

In that night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.” … Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Yours? (2 Chronicles 1:7, 10) In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 27

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15) In perhaps his final set of instructions to the young pastor Timothy, Paul uses an analogy of a worker presenting his finished product to his master for approval. …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 26

Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things. (Hebrews 13:18) Over the past few days we have prayed that we would be faithful and effective in sharing the gospel. Today, we pray that our lives would match our message. Pray that we …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 25

Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified… (2 Thessalonians 3:1) On Tuesday, we prayed for opportunities to share the gospel. Yesterday we prayed that we would share it with clarity and boldness. Today we pray for the results of our sharing the gospel. Pray that …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 24

that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. (Colossians 4:4) pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel … that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 23

praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ (Colossians 4:3) Paul asks the Colossian church to pray that he would have opportunity to witness. He prays for a door “that allows the …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 22

Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. (Hebrews 13:3) Yesterday we prayed for the saints in general. Today we pray for those saints who are persecuted, who find themselves in chains or ill-treated because of their faith. The author of Hebrews …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 21

… and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints (Ephesians 6:18) Pray today for “all the saints.” Pray for the brothers and sisters in Christ whom you sit near and with each Sunday. Pray for their physical, spiritual, and emotional needs to be met. Pray for them …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 20

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit… (Ephesians 6:18) Paul’s command to pray here includes two important facets. He first says to pray “with all prayer and petition.” John MacArthur writes that this means that we can pray publicly or privately; in loud cries, in soft whispers, or silently; deliberately and …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 19

For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it. (Matthew 19:12) This chapter …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 18

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4) On Monday, we prayed for the church’s ministry to children, but the primary responsibility for the raising of children is given to parents so today we want to pray for them. Paul’s commands …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 17

“Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. … the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.” (Ephesians 5:22, 33) The command for wives to submit to their husbands (1 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 5:22; Col. 3:18; Titus 2:5; 1 Pet. 3:1-2) has often been misconstrued, by Christians and non-Christians alike. The …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 16

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 15

Then some children were brought to Him so that He might lay His hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Mt. 19:13-14) I love the imagery of …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 14

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. (Matthew 5:13) Yesterday, we prayed that we would shine light into dark places—that we would not …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 13

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 12

joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:12-14) Paul concludes this train of thought about walking in a …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 11

strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience (Colossians 1:11) If the last few days seemed like we were praying for some difficult things, that’s because we were. N. T. Wright notes that the difficulty of Colossians 1:9-10 is confirmed by verse 11, which contributes to the …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 10

so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10) So far this week we have prayed that we would grow in our knowledge of the person and work of Jesus Christ …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 9

… in all spiritual wisdom and understanding … (Colossians 1:9) Yesterday we echoed Paul’s prayer that God would fill us with the knowledge of his will—that we would know the person and work of Jesus Christ. In today’s continuation of Paul’s prayer for the church at Colossae, he prays that this would be “in all spiritual wisdom …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 8

… we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will … (Colossians 1:9) Paul continually prayed that God would fill the church at Colossae with the knowledge of his will. In this context, Paul was not praying that the Colossians would know what God wants them to …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 7

Yesterday we prayed for the unity of our church. Today we want to pray for the diversity of our church. One of the common misconceptions is that unity equals uniformity—that in order to have unity we must all be the same, usually according to some human standard (e.g., race, ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, level of …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 6

… that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. (Jn. 17:23) Jesus prayed that his disciples would be perfected in unity because that unity would be proof of his identity and God’s love. A divided and divisive church …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 5

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:13) We know from other passages of Scripture that God will never tempt us (Jas. 1:13). He does allow us to be tested (Jas. 1:2-3), but even in the testing he provides a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13). John MacArthur explains that …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 4

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12) Someone has defined forgiveness as “the refusal on God’s part to let our guilty past affect His relationship with us.” David wrote that God has removed our sin from us as far as the east is from the west (Ps. 103:12). Without …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 3

“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11) Yesterday we prayed for the daily provision of our church. Today we want to pray for the daily provision of the people in our church. Pray for all those in our body who are struggling financially—those who are unemployed or underemployed, for single mothers and seniors …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 2

“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11) Jesus taught his disciples to pray for daily provision. In the New American Commentary, Craig Blomberg notes that “the [Lord’s] prayer makes request for our needs and not our greed (cf. Jas 4:3).” In light of that, we’ll pray for three things today: Firstly, pray that we …Continue reading

40 Days of Prayer: Day 1

One of the takeaways from both our study of the book of Acts and our congregational meeting two weeks ago is that if we want to be a church that is effective in reaching people with the gospel, we need to first be a church that prays—both individually and corporately. We are going to take two …Continue reading