40 Days of Prayer 2019

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Day 41: February 10, 2019 (Bonus Day)

Psalm 27:14
14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Today’s sermon is based on Psalm 27:14, as you know from using this guide the past week. Today, meditate on the passage—read it over and over again and ask God to reveal His truth to you. Then make a few of your own observations about the passage. 

1. What do we learn about God from this passage?



2. What do we learn about OURSELVES from this passage?



3. After listening to the sermon (live or via HCC website) and/or meditating on the text, what is ONE primary way that you can apply some truth mentioned here to your life THIS WEEK?



4. Based on what you have written above, can you write a brief prayer of response below, asking God in your own words to help you obey His Word and put it into practice?

Puritan Prayer:
The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions. Each Sunday, we will provide one of those prayers that relates to our theme. These ancient prayers can be challenging because of their language, but they are very rich and full of meaning. We encourage you to read the prayer slowly, then to pray it to God yourself, followed by any other ways God leads you to commune with Him and pray for others.

Resting in God (pages 234-235)
O GOD MOST HIGH, MOST GLORIOUS,
The thought of thine infinite serenity cheers me, for I am toiling and moiling, troubled and distressed, but thou art for ever at perfect peace. Thy designs cause thee no fear or care of unfulfillment, they stand fast as the eternal hills. Thy power knows no bond, thy goodness no stint. Thou bringest order out of confusion, and my defeats are thy victories: The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. I come to thee as a sinner with cares and sorrows, to leave every concern entirely to thee, every sin calling for Christ’s precious blood; Revive deep spirituality in my heart; Let me live to the great Shepherd, hear his voice, know its tones, follow its call. Keep me from deception by causing me to abide in the truth, from harm by helping me to walk in the power of the Spirit. Give me intenser faith in the eternal verities, burning into me by experience the things I know; Let me never be ashamed of the truth of the gospel, that I may bear its reproach, vindicate it, see Jesus as its essence, know in it the power of the Spirit. Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill; unbelief mars my confidence, sin makes me forget thee. Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut at their roots; Grant me to know that I truly live only when I live to thee, that all else is trifling. Thy presence alone can make me holy, devout, strong and happy. Abide in me, gracious God.

Ministry Highlight: HARVESTUDENTS
The student ministry has two goals: To develop students into followers of Jesus who help others follow Jesus, and to help equip parents as they disciple their students in Christ.

Please pray for the ministry in the following ways: 
*Salvation for those who do not personally know Christ
*Spiritual growth for everyone involved
*Protection from the evil one
*Unity and biblical community among the students
*Courage and opportunities for students to share the gospel of Jesus Christ
*Spiritual awakening
*Development of a Youth Worship Team 

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Day 34: February 3, 2019

Psalm 27:11-13
11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. 13 I remain confident of this; I will see the goodness of the living.

Today’s sermon is based on Psalm 27:11-13, as you know from using this guide the past week. Today, meditate on the passage—read it over and over again and ask God to reveal His truth to you. Then make a few of your own observations about the passage. 

1. What do we learn about God from this passage?



2. What do we learn about OURSELVES from this passage?



3. After listening to the sermon (live or via HCC website) and/or meditating on the text, what is ONE primary way that you can apply some truth mentioned here to your life THIS WEEK?



4. Based on what you have written above, can you write a brief prayer of response below, asking God in your own words to help you obey His Word and put it into practice?

Puritan Prayer:
The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions. Each Sunday, we will provide one of those prayers that relates to our theme. These ancient prayers can be challenging because of their language, but they are very rich and full of meaning. We encourage you to read the prayer slowly, then to pray it to God yourself, followed by any other ways God leads you to commune with Him and pray for others.

In Prayer (pages 264-265)
O LORD, In prayer I launch far out into the eternal world, and on that broad ocean my soul triumphs over all evils on the shores of mortality. Time, with its gay amusements and cruel disappointments, never appears so inconsiderate as then. In prayer I see myself as nothing; I find my heart going after thee with intensity, and long with vehement thirst to live to thee. Blessed by the strong gales of the Spirit that speed me on my way to the New Jerusalem. In prayer all things here below vanish, and nothing seems important but holiness of heart and the salvation of others. In prayer all my worldly cares, fears, anxieties disappear, and are of as little significance as a puff of wind. In prayer my soul inwardly exults with lively thoughts at what thou art doing for thy church, and I long that thou shouldest get thyself a great name from sinners returning to Zion. In prayer I am lifted above the frowns and flatteries of life, and taste heavenly joys; entering into the eternal world I can give myself to thee with all my heart, to be thine for ever. In prayer I can place all my concerns in thy hands, to be entirely at thy disposal, having no will or interest of my own. In prayer I can intercede for my friends, ministers, sinners, the church, thy kingdom to come, with greatest freedom, ardent hopes, as a son to his father, as a lover to the beloved. Help me to be all prayer and never to cease praying.

Ministry Highlight: Local International Ministry
Please pray for God to guide our local international ministries in 2019:
*Friday 10:00 a.m. – English as a Second Language (ESL):
Teaching English Meeting every Friday from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Café, this ministry is designed to help non-English speaking individuals learn English and the Bible. Students who are currently coming represent 15 different countries. Lessons are paced to meet members’ needs, and our ultimate goal is that people will experience salvation and grow in their faith through our tailored lessons. Volunteers are always needed who can be conversational English partners, help care for the young children, teach a craft, provide a snack, and communicate God’s love to the internationals. Tish Barber: or (704) 947-0848
*International Students and Scholars
Seventy-five percent of internationals never get invited into an American home while they are studying in the US. There are over 1,700 international students at UNCC this year, and there are many ongoing ministry opportunities each week both on and off campus to build relationships and share Christ with these students, visiting scholars, and their families. Tish Barber: or (704) 947-0848

Prayer Requests:
*For God to create spiritual hunger and for clarity in communicating God’s truth.
*For the Lord to open the eyes and hearts of the internationals to who He is—many have never heard about God or Jesus or seen a Bible.
*For continued positive relationship-building and unity in the ministry and that we would communicate God’s love well.
*For direction with curriculum and any changes that need to be made as the ministry grows.

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Day 27: January 27, 2019

Psalm 27:7-10
7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. 8 My heart says of you, “Seek His face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. 9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.

Today’s sermon is based on Psalm 27:7-10, as you know from using this guide the past week. Today, meditate on the passage—read it over and over again and ask God to reveal His truth to you. Then make a few of your own observations about the passage.



1. What do we learn about God from this passage?



2. What do we learn about OURSELVES from this passage?



3. After listening to the sermon (live or via HCC website) and/or meditating on the text, what is ONE primary way that you can apply some truth mentioned here to your life THIS WEEK?



4. Based on what you have written above, can you write a brief prayer of response below, asking God in your own words to help you obey His Word and put it into practice?

Puritan Prayer:
The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions. Each Sunday, we will provide one of those prayers that relates to our theme. These ancient prayers can be challenging because of their language, but they are very rich and full of meaning. We encourage you to read the prayer slowly, then to pray it to God yourself, followed by any other ways God leads you to commune with Him and pray for others.

Living by Prayer (pages 266-267)
O GOD OF THE OPEN EAR,
Teach me to live by prayer as well as by providence, for myself, soul, body, children, family, church; Give me a heart frameable to they will; so might I live in prayer, and honour thee, being kept from evil, known and unknown. Help me to see the sin that accompanies all I do, and the good I can distil from everything. Let me know that the work of prayer is to bring my will to thine, and that without this it is folly to pray; When I try to bring thy will to mine it is to command Christ to be above him, and wiser than he: this is my sin and pride. I can only succeed when I pray according to thy precept and promise, and to be done with as it pleases thee, according to thy sovereign will. When thou commandest me to pray for pardon, peace, brokenness, it is because thou wilt give me the thing promised, for thy glory, as well as for my good. Help me not only to desire great things for thy people, for myself, that they and I might live to show thy glory. Teach me that it is wisdom for me to pray for all I have, out of love, willingly, not of necessity; that I may come to thee at any time, to lay open my needs acceptably to thee; that my great sin lies in my not keeping the savour of thy ways; that the remembrance of this truth is one way to the sense of thy presence; that there is no wrath like the wrath of being governed by my own lusts for my own ends.


Ministry Highlight: Harvest Kids
Our mission is to partner with parents as they disciple their children in Jesus Christ. We believe that God has called parents or guardians to be the primary disciplers of their children. Therefore, as a ministry, we want to do all we can to help parents in this endeavor. One of the ways we partner with parents is by helping teach the gospel and instructing their children in the Word of God. We are currently using Children Desiring God's "A Sure Foundation" for babies and toddlers and Lifeway's "The Gospel Project for Kids" for preschool and elementary ages as teaching resources on Sunday mornings.

We are thankful for the volunteers who share the gospel with our children each week. If you would like to join our monthly rotation, contact Scott Torres at for more information.

Please pray with us:
1. For new volunteers! There is an immediate need for both teachers and assistants in some of our classes.
2. That all the children would be engaged in the lesson and hear the gospel each week.
3. That the gospel seeds that are planted would one day grow to fruition. 4. That our teachers and assistants would feel encouraged and energized on the mornings they serve.
5. For VBS planning and volunteers.

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