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1 40-Day Devotional Guide AN INVITATION TO YOU You are invited to engage in a 40-Day experience of prayerful spiritual devotion. In your hand is a guide that includes 40 Scripture passages one reading for each day accompanied by application questions, and an opportunity for you to record your prayerful impressions and reflections. You are encouraged to set aside time to work through these devotional readings and prayerful meditations each day, beginning Monday, January 16 th and continuing through Friday, February 24 th. Incorporate them into your regular routine of spending time alone with God.

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3 An Invitation from your pastor... God is inviting His church to join Him in an adventure of faith that will enhance the church s ministries and expand the church s facilities. At the heart of that invitation is a call to prayer. Call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3). What God desires is for you and me each one of us to be fully-devoted to Him. That desire requires a humble acknowledgment of our need for God. It also promises a dynamic, even dramatic, work by God. But it all starts with time spent in prayer to God. The goal of this time is spiritual preparation. There is no hidden agenda or ulterior motive. Other activities in the Onward campaign will provide information and opportunities for participation. But, again, the starting point and foundation is prayer. You may want to consider utilizing some type of fasting to help focus your devotion. Fasting is both from and to. It is from something often food or drink, but it could be any number of things, even an activity. It is also to something a spiritual goal which, ultimately, is a greater awareness of and responsiveness to God. One caution, fasting is not for. Fasting is not a button on God which enables us to use it to get what we want from God. Rather, it is a spiritual discipline that intensifies devotion. Embrace it as God leads you. Church family, I invite you to join with me and accept God s invitation, His call to prayer. Let s do so in anticipation of His answering and doing great and mighty things among us, all to His glory! Yours in His Love, Pastor Bob

4 DAY 1: JEREMIAH 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know. What is God asking of me in this verse? DAY 2: MATTHEW 6:33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. What things will be added? DAY 3: JEREMIAH 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. How do I seek Him with my heart? DAY 4: JAMES 4:6 b, 7a, 8a, 10 God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:6b, 7a, 8a, 10 Why does God favor the humble?

5 DAY 5: MATTHEW 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. What is Jesus message to me in this verse? DAY 6: PSALM 42:1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. How does this verse compare to yesterday s verse? DAY 7: ISAIAH 55:6 Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. How do I seek the Lord? DAY 8: PSALM 27:7 Hear my voice when I call, O Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. How do I hear from God?

6 DAY 9: ISAIAH 25:1 O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things. What marvelous thing has God done for me recently? DAY 10: MATTHEW 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. What does His promise to be with me always mean to me? DAY 11: MARK 12:30-31 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. How do I show this love in my life?

7 DAY 12: EPHESIANS 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. What am I doing with this power within? DAY 13: ACTS 2:42, 44, 47b They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. All the believers were together and had everything in common. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. What benefits have I seen to being part of the fellowship? DAY 14: PHILIPPIANS 2:2-4 Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others. How does this scripture relate to that of Day 4?

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10 DAY 23: COLOSSIANS 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Is my heart into all that I do? How do I know? DAY 24: MARK 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. What affect can doubt have on my prayers? DAY 25: PSALM 139:23-24 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Since God knows my heart, how and why do I pray?

11 DAY 26: 2 CORINTHIANS 8:1-5 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God s will. What motivates me to give of my time, talent, and treasure? DAY 27: 2 CORINTHIANS 8:6-9 So we urged Titus, since he had earlier made a beginning, to bring also to completion this act of grace on your part. But just as you excel in everything in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us see that you also excel in the grace of giving. I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. How does what I give compare to what I have received? DAY 28: ROMANS 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but gave him up for us all how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things. How am I showing my gratitude for what I have been given?

12 DAY 29: 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-7 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. What has my experience been with this? DAY 30: 2 CORINTHIANS 9:8-11 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. What is God telling me in these verses? DAY 31: 2 CORINTHIANS 9:12-15 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift What gifts that I have do I share with others?

13 DAY 32: 1 CHRONICLES 29:14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. Who owns what I have? DAY 33: PROVERBS 3:9 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.... What does my spending say is important to me? DAY 34: 1 THESSALONIANS 3:12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. How much love for others is in my heart?

14 DAY 35: MATTHEW 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Where are my treasures stored and what are they? DAY 36: 1 TIMOTHY 6:10a For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Do I have money or does money have me? DAY 37: JOHN 15:7-8 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. Would my fruits convict me of being a Christian? DAY 38: EPHESIANS 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast. What am I doing with God s gift of grace?

15 DAY 39: 2 CORINTHIANS 8:10-12 And here is my advice about what is best for you in this matter: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so. Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have. What difference does a willing heart make in what I give? DAY 40: JAMES 1:17-18 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth, through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all He created. What good and perfect gifts have I thanked Him for today? Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout the ages, world without end. EPHESIANS 3:21

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