40 Day Prayer Challenge: Day 2

40-Day Prayer Challenge // Day 2

Ask Jesus to empower you to share the Gospel with your ONE, or to invite them to be a part of the Easter services of your church. You will discover there is power in the name of Jesus. Believing prayer acknowledges the Presence of Jesus, and invites Him to draw some ONE to The Father

Easter Challenge: Pray TWOgether, with your spouse, a friend, or your child, calling on God to work in the life of some ONE.

“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” – Jesus (Matthew 18:20)

Jesus is always praying. He lives to intercede on your behalf. The power of Heaven is unleashed when two or more people gather together to pray in His name. The prayerless ignore His Presence, and remain powerless. The prayerful invite His Presence, and become powerful.

And while He was praying Heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended (Luke 3:21-22).

Prayer for the Day: O, Holy Father, I come to You, in the name of Your Son, and my Savior, Jesus Christ, the Lord. I yield to Your Presence in my life, and recognize His place at your right hand in Heaven. I place my trust in You, and the name of my ONE before you, with the firm confidence, in Your word, that you hear me, and answer me when I pray. Father in Heaven, I will pray my part, and play my part, but I call on You, to lead my ONE to Your saving grace, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, and in the name of Your Son, and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

You will never find Jesus so precious as when the world is one vast howling wilderness. Then He is like a rose blooming in the midst of the desolation, a rock rising above the storm.

—Robert Murray M’Cheyne

40 Day Prayer Challenge: Day 1

40-Day Prayer Challenge // Day 1

Scripture reveals the Father set aside 40-day periods of time to confront, and to challenge His children to draw closer to Him.

  • For 40 days and 40 nights the rain fell before the flood. (Genesis 7:4)
  • For 40 days the spies explored the land of Canaan. (Numbers 13:2, 25)
  • For 40 years, the Hebrews wandered in the wildnerness, a year for each of the 40 days they explored the promised land. (Numbers 14:33-34, 32:13)
  • For three consecutive 40 days and 40 nights Moses met with God on Mt. Sinai. (Deuteronomy 9:11, 25, 10:10)
  • For 40 days, twice a day, Goliath challenged Israel. (1 Samuel 17:16)
  • For 40 days and 40 nights Jesus prayed and fasted. (Matthew 4:2, Mark 1:13, Luke 4:2)
  • There are 40 days between the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. (Acts 1:3)

Easter Challenge: For the next 40 days, prepare your heart for the celebration of Easter Sunday, by drawing closer to the Father, and by praying for someONE who needs to draw closer to Him.

Prayer is the priority. The early disciples saw Jesus perform great miracles for them, but they asked Him to give them the one thing they needed the most: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).

It’s not a matter of making more time to pray, but learning to SET ASIDE time to pray each day. Someone you know needs to be saved. Someone you know needs to be invited to join you for Easter services.

If you are frustrated that you haven’t seen a breakthrough with your one yet, I want to encourage you to P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens!). Pray for someone. People are not won to Christ by powerful sermons, beautiful music, or impressive facilities. They are won to Christ through prayer.

Prayer for the Day: Father, thank you for saving me, through the death of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I call upon Your Holy Spirit, who dwells within me, to bring to my mind, and to place upon my heart, the name of someONE who needs to be saved, and someONE I can invite to join me for the Easter services of my church.

I know well that when Christ is nearest, Satan is busiest.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne

The Conversation

“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
Philippians 3:21 KJV

The 17th Century King James Version of the Bible restores a 1st Century clarity to the meaning of Paul's message, by the use of words that have been devalued in the 21st Century. See if you agree.

One contemporary translation has substituted, “citizenship," for “conversation." This good faith effort to provide clarity offers a meaning with an American version of Biblical truth. It is not an improvement. Stay with me.

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” V. 20 NASB

"Conversation” hardly conjures up an image of “citizenship.” The two translations of the same word must be related, but at first glance they hardly seem to share the same DNA.

"Citizenship” is a rooted in the same word that provides the English language with the concept of “politics.” It carries the meaning of a constitution, or a commonwealth, with agreed upon guidelines to influence the conduct, and the behavior of the citizens. We need to have a "Conversation” about this.

Paul meant for the behavior of citizens of The Kingdom to be influenced, and expressed by loyalty to, and agreement with the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The 17th Century concept of "conversation" is not so antiquated. It it just misunderstood.

Nothing influences a person’s behavior, and conduct on earth quite like having steady, consistent, uninterrupted conversations with Jesus. The citizens of the Kingdom are praying people.

Citizens align themselves with the rules of the constitution of the Kingdom, because they are ruled by a relationship with the King. Rules without a relationship will always breed rebellion.

Jesus lives to intercede for the citizens of His Kingdom. In Heaven, He is seated at the right hand of The Father, and prays for His followers. When the children of God pray, The Spirit of Christ carries, and interprets their most feeble groan, or their most intense petition to Jesus. He intercedes, on their behalf, before His Father.

The essence of prayer is an uninterrupted “conversation in Heaven.” There is nothing like consistent conversation. It influences the behavior, and the conduct of a Christian citizen on earth.

Prayer is a “conversation in Heaven." It purifies a citizen’s Christ-like character on earth, and it intensifies a citizen’s expectancy for The Lord’s return to earth.

Prayer accomplishes its greatest work, in the hearts of Christian citizens, when it gathers them together into The Body politic. The Father is pleased to hear His children pray, “We eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” V. 21 NASB

Prayer creates a spirit of expectancy, and a sense of urgency in the hearts of Christian citizens. It fuels their passion for Christ’s companionship, and desire for His return.

Prayerless people are not left on their own, but they choose to be on their own. Trusting in their own self-importance, and self-sufficiency, they soon break off their "conversation in Heaven." Prayerlessness is a sign of the foolishness in their hearts, and it leads to a barrenness of their souls.

There is nothing more “vile” than the pungent odor produced by the body politic posing as The Body of Christ, while operating in their own strength. When an individual, or a body of Christian citizens lose the fragrant aroma of The Fruit of The Spirit, they do not lose their salvation, but they lose their most attractive feature, the scent of Heaven.

Prayerless people, led by prayerless preachers, sweating it out in their own efforts. Attracting a crowd on earth, without maintaining a conversation in Heaven, produces sweat equity, not the fragrance of The Spirit.

The prayerless produce the same odor of the flesh found in a machine shop. The Body of Christ releases the aroma of fresh fruit of a farmer’s market. No matter how much a prayerless body of believers is willing to sweat, they will never pass God's smell test.

Prayer transforms the prideful into the humble, by bringing proud people to the end of themselves and into conversation with God, through their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

"who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” V. 21 NASB

NOTE TO SELF: Prayer is your conversation in Heaven. It reveals you to be a loyal subject of The Lord Jesus Christ. When you pray, The Spirit of Christ infuses a spirit of expectancy in you, for His return. Pray for a spirit of desperation to be ignited in hearts of the prayerless. Strike the match.


40 Day Prayer Challenge


Pray for someONE.

When you pray, do you find that you get easily distracted? Have your prayers become stagnant? Are you frustrated that you haven’t made any headway with leading YOUR ONE to Christ?

In Luke 11, Jesus was approached by an anonymous, soul-starved disciple, desiring to learn how to pray. Jesus responded by pointing them to the Presence of His Father: “…When you pray, say, ‘Father…’” (Luke 11:2).

Throughout His time on earth, Jesus led His disciples to enroll in a life-long learning process, the School of Prayer. School is always in session, everything is a test, and students are free to learn at their own pace, but they must learn the most important lesson of their lives, “…not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42).

Over the next 40 Days, our very own Dr. Gary Miller of Talk Less Pray More ministries will prepare a daily devotional that will be sent directly to your phone each day. Want to go even deeper? We will have complimentary copies of his new book available in the lobby on Sunday.

To receive daily text message reminders, simply text Southlake to 97000. You can also find more interaction on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Don’t be afraid to spread the word!

Prayer is the intimate communication between the Heavenly Father, and His child.”
-Don Miller

Who's Your One (you are praying for)?

The Shame

"None of God's children..comes into the world still-born; prayer is the very breath of the new creature: and therefore, if we are prayerless, we are Christless."
George Whitefield, 1714-1770

English evangelist, pastor, preacher, and leader of the First Great Awakening, Whitefield crossed the Atlantic 13 times to fan the flames of Spiritual Awakening in the American colonies. His tireless efforts forged a spiritual bond between these 13 separate entities that led to the idea of a United States of America.

NOTE TO SELF: The public shaming of Christians in America has become an acceptable expression of art in the entertainment industry. Screaming at the TV screen, or changing the channel will not change the heart of a shameless person. The Spiritual climate of a nation is changed one heart at a time. Let it begin in you. "If we are prayerless, we are Christless." Never be ashamed of being shamed by the shameless. Be ashamed of being prayerless.


The Past

BLAST FROM THE PAST: "Dear Friends and Brethren...we recommend that The Colony at large cultivate that Christian Union...which is the only foundation on which our invaluable privileges can rest with any security..."

Matthew Thornton, President of the Provincial Congress June 1775 wrote these words to the people of New Hampshire. He was a devout Presbyterian, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a Founding Father of USA.

A nation that severs the knowledge of the sweet roots of its past will bear the bitter fruit of its ignorance. The prayer closet, and the voting booth remain the last two silent, sacred sanctuaries of this nation.

NOTE TO SELF: Pray for all your leaders, and vote to replace the wrong leaders. You have the power to protect the Religious Liberty that has been provided to you, by those who led the way.


The Challenge

Resurrection Challenge: For the next forty days, prepare your heart for the celebration of Resurrection Sunday, by drawing closer to The Father, and by praying for some ONE who needs to draw closer to Him.

Prayer Principle: Prayer is the priority. The early disciples saw Jesus perform great miracles for them, but they asked Him to give them the one thing they needed the most. “Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1.

You cannot make more time to pray, but learn to set aside time to pray. Someone you know needs to be saved. Someone you know needs to be invited to join you for the Easter services of your church.

P.U.S.H. - Pray Until Something Happens!

Prayer for the Day: Father, thank you for saving me, through the death of Your Son, Jesus Christ. I call upon Your Holy Spirit, who dwells within me, to bring to my mind, and to place upon my heart, the name of some ONE who needs to be saved, and some ONE I can invite to join me for the Easter services of my church.

Quote for the Day:
“I know well that when Christ is nearest, Satan is busiest."
Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843)

The Taker

"And take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God...pray at all times in the Spirit." Ephesians 6:17-18

"Take" is God's call to action, to wage war against unseen, spiritual forces of relentless evil. His warriors overcome this powerful enemy, by staying in the word, and praying in the Spirit.
Staying in the word reveals God's strategy, for resisting the enemy. Knowledge of God's word isn't power. His word reveals your weakness, and prepares you to pray for His power.

"Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7

NOTE TO SELF: Staying power is inseparably linked to prayer power. Praying in the Spirit releases a blood transfusion of His courage into your heart, to strengthen your grip on His sword. Prayer transforms a powerless values system into a powerful weapons system. You need both to resist the enemy.


The Commitment

"Abide in Me..."
John 15:4

The library books of Pastor Joseph Tson, exiled Romanian pastor, were printed before the Communist Revolution of 1917. In 1990, Tson preached to Texas Baptists. He said he knew nothing about making a commitment to Christ, without an absolute surrender to Christ.

There is great danger in replacing a life of absolute surrender, with an initial act of personal commitment. Personal Commitment to Christ is an entering into a relationship with Him. Absolute Surrender to Christ is a continuing obedience to Him.

NOTE TO SELF: Your personal commitment, and absolute surrender are not at war with one another. They fight, back to back, against a common foe, your SELF. Your Personal Commitment is a momentous beginning. Your Absolute Surrender is a continuous yielding. Abiding in Christ is birthed, and bathed in prayer. The way you come on, is the way you go on.


The Update

HEALTH UPDATE: 105 days ago, Dana woke me up at midnight, with urgent news from my Nephrologist. He had called to order me go to the ER...IMMEDIATELY. My kidneys were failing.
When I arrived at the ER, the registering nurse was shocked to discover my kidneys were operating at a 12% capacity. She asked if I was on a transplant list. As the kids say, "It just got real."

These past days have included two trips to the ER, and two extended hospital stays. This involved fighting off sepsis in October, and facing surgery, a week before Christmas.

Yesterday, after weeks of recovery, I met with the same Nephrologist to review my progress. He said my kidneys were healing, and all my lab numbers were moving in the right direction. He doesn't want to see me for six months.

This past week, Dana and I carried out our first ministry assignment since October. I was a little weak in the knees, during the first session, but I gained strength the next day. All was well.
To be honest, I don't have much stamina, but I am progressing in the right direction. In time, it will come.

Thank you for praying for me through this experience. I would not wish it on anyone, but I would not trade it for anything. Once again, Dana and I have been reminded, Jesus is in the waiting. God answers prayer.

"Lord, teach us to pray." Luke 11:1

Gary and Dana Miller