40 DAYS OF PRAYER
Day 1 - Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Today, we begin our 40 days of prayer by asking God to create in the heart of each member of the Bear Valley church family an overwhelming desire to commune with Him in prayer and a deep burden for those who are without hope of eternal life. Ask that He defeat Satan's attempts to distract or discourage us and that He open our eyes to the spiritual battle which we must fight. Ask that He help us have a clear vision of His dreams for our church family.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man...Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think… (Ephesians 3: 16, 20).
Day 2 - Thursday, July 18, 2019
Today, ask God to give each of us a hunger for prayer greater than we have ever known before, bringing us to our knees before Him every day. Ask that He prevent Satan from sowing seeds of laziness and apathy in our hearts and that as a result of our faithfulness to Him, He would give us an ever-increasing sense of unity and purpose. Ask that our time in prayer would cause each of us to experience His joy and peace in new ways and increase as the years pass by.
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 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, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak (Colossians 4:2-4).
Day 3 - Friday, July 19, 2019
Ask God to grant wisdom from above to those in leadership roles at Bear Valley and to protect them from Satan's attempts to discourage or disqualify them. Ask that He cause them to seek His Kingdom above all other concerns and that they dream His dreams for the church in this area. Ask that God give them the courage and conviction to be obedient. Ask that He help them to rely upon His power and not their own abilities.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach James 1:5); “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).
Day 4 - Saturday, July 20, 2019
Ask God to be present in our Friends and Neighbors Day (August 25). Pray for members inviting friends and neighbors and that we may find receptive hearts.
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 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, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person (Colossians 4:2-6).
Day 5 - Sunday, July 21, 2019
Ask God to bless our church family with endurance and encouragement that we may fulfill His plans for us and to give us a spirit of unity as we follow Christ Jesus so that with one heart and mouth we may glorify Him. Ask Him to give us grace to accept one another in a spirit of submission and sacrifice, honoring each other above ourselves, that the world may know that we are His.
“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, 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 (John 17:20-23).
Day 6 - Monday, July 22, 2019
Lift up before God the Bear Valley Bible Institute. Ask that He sustain the instructors and reward them greatly for their patience and compassion. Ask God to bless the students with a desire to be the servants He wants them to be. Ask Him to touch even more lives through this ministry in the future and to bring more lost souls into His Kingdom of Light.
The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also (2 Timothy 2:2).
Day 7 - Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Today, ask God to protect the children at Bear Valley from physical, emotional or spiritual harm and to cause their parents to be diligent and creative in passing on the Truth to them. Ask God to cause them to grow into men and women who, holding tightly to the Word of Life, will be courageous in standing against the lies of the god of this world and live in anticipation of the return of the Son.
These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up (Deuteronomy 6:6,7).
Day 8 - Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Ask that God give us hearts filled with adoration and gratitude and that our lives will become a proclamation of His majesty and grace. Ask Him to give us the ability to praise Him with resounding voices! Ask that His praise would come from our lips each day of our lives so that many will hear and put their trust in Him. Ask God to give us an ever-deepening understanding of true worship.
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the LORD…Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us… (Psalm 40: 2,3, 5a).
Day 9 - Thursday, August July 25, 2019
Today, we are asking God to protect our teens from Satan's attempts to entrap them at this very critical time in their lives. Ask Him to give them wisdom from above and courage in the face of opposition and to give them a taste of His joy and His peace when they are obedient. Ask that our teens would flourish in God's care and become examples of zeal and compassion for us all as they live lives of faith.
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all (1 Timothy 4: 12, 15)
Day 10 - Friday, July 26, 2019
Today, we seek God's working in the governments of the world. Ask that He will open doors in all areas of the world for the spread of His life-changing gospel. Ask also that He will help us expose Him to the millions of people who have not yet heard the message of His Son and that He will allow the Bear Valley family the great privilege of being used by Him in world evangelism.
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, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
Day 11 - Saturday, July 27, 2019
Ask God to bless our upcoming Family Retreat this Fall (August 25). Pray that this particular event will help our family here at Bear Valley to grow closer together as we grow closer to God.
…speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love (Ephesians 4:15, 16).
Day 12 - Sunday, July 28, 2019
Today, ask God to shower rich blessings upon all of our Bible Class teachers, from those in nursery through the adult classes. Ask that He give them perseverance to fulfill their commitments and that He help them understand not only His word but also their students. Ask Him to use them as His messengers and to let them see the power of His Word at work.
For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil (Hebrews 5:13, 14).
Day 13 - Monday, July 29, 2019
Today, ask God to work within the schools in America, both Christian and public, from the pre-schools to the Universities. Ask that He work through the believers who serve as teachers and administrators to thwart Satan's schemes to lead people away from the truth; for all the children and young people at the Bear Valley church as well as those adults who are involved in education, ask that God give them the courage to stand as lights shining forth in the darkness.
…for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ… (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
Day 14 - Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Today, we thank God for our spiritual shepherds, the elders: Scott Balbin, Donnie Bates, Dave Chamberlin, Dean Murphy, Mike Ripperton, and Thom Vaught. Thank Him for their example, their leadership, and for their godliness, and ask Him to bless them with health, wisdom, courage, and a willingness to be faithful to Him no matter the cost.
“Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28).
Day 15 - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Today, let us lift up the Future Preachers Training Camp. Pray that all the young men who travel each year to Denver will arrive and be able to return home safely. Pray that each one will have a desire to learn about and improve their ability to preach the Gospel. Ask God to bless the staff with a desire to serve these campers in a way that will help them as much as possible.
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus…preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction…be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry (2 Timothy 4:1-5).
Day 16 - Thursday, August 1, 2019
Please pray for our Youth Ministry, especially the special classes (God’s Precious Daughters and the Aspen class for the girls and the Young Lions and the Anvil class for the boys). Pray that the parents of our students will be diligent to bring their children and reinforce the lessons they learn in their classes. Ask God to bless the efforts of these classes to produce students of the word who will be transformed with renewed minds to show the world what God wants for us all.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:1, 2).
Day 17 - Friday, August 2, 2019
Pray for the Bear Valley Lectureship in September. Ask God to bless each of the speakers as they prepare their lectures, and to bless each of those present with open hearts. Ask Him to bless this congregation as each of our volunteers prepares to welcome our guests from all over the country.
…but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen (2 Peter 3:18).
Day 18 - Saturday, August 3, 2019
Today, let us spend time in thanksgiving to God for our material blessings. Thank Him also for those who give so much of themselves to our benevolence ministry. Ask God that we may be more generous than ever before in giving to those who have a genuine need and who will receive the Lord's invitation.
“Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me” (Matthew 25:34-36).
Day 19 - Sunday, August 4, 2019
Ask God to make each member of our church family aware of how He wants to use us in reaching the lost and in ministry to the body. Ask that He cause each of us to rely upon His strength as we serve and that we would serve with joy and a spirit of cooperation. Ask that God would cause both young and old to fulfill their ministry and that as His Body we would become mature, clearly representing the fullness of Christ in our fellowship one with another.
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-13).
Day 20 - Monday, August 5, 2019
Ask God to instill in our church family a constant awareness that our citizenship is in heaven and that our purpose for living is for God's glory, not the accumulation of the things of this world. Ask that He give us an awareness of how brief our lives on this earth are and a dissatisfaction with the things of this life, that we may give ourselves to His service and look forward to His coming.
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief… (2 Peter 3:8-10).
Day 21 - Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Ask God to greatly increase the fruit of His Holy Spirit in the lives of the members of our church family. Ask Him to give us strength to crucify the old man and strive rather to live in step with His Spirit. Ask Him to make us sensitive to those who are caught in a sin and to reach out to the weak with love and gentleness.
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing….But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:19-23).
Day 22 - Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Today, ask God to impress upon us the mutual responsibility we share for the nurturing and teaching of new believers that He has added to our family. Ask that we will each determine to invest time and prayer into those new believers and that through our examples and our words they will grow more Christlike and that they will continue the chain of passing on their faith to others.
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love (2 Peter 1:5-7).
Day 23 - Thursday, August 8, 2019
Today, pray for our ministers: Brett Petrillo, Dick Brant and Corey Sawyers, and our yet-to-be-selected pulpit minister. Pray for their wives and for their children. Ask that God will give them boldness, compassion, and love as they proclaim God's word and as they minister to the needs of the church and community.
To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:11, 12).
Day 24 - Friday, August 9, 2019
Today, come before God on behalf of our deacons, asking that God instill within them a true spirit of Christ and a full understanding of the glory of serving the family of God. Ask that He give them wisdom beyond their years and energy and creativity to accomplish the tasks, which are before them. Ask that He reward them greatly for their concern of others.
“…but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26-28).
Day 25 - Saturday, August 10, 2019
Pray for each of our four areas of work: Praise, Proclaim, Participate, and Administration. Pray that the leaders in each of these areas may focus on the overall aim of the work of this church, evangelism. Pray that these ministries be used for His glory and praise. Pray that God will use these ministries to grow, strengthen, and edify this church.=
…make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves… (Philippians 2:2-4).
Day 26 - Sunday, August 11, 2019
Ask that God make us keenly aware of the many visitors He brings to our worship each week, many of whom are searching, hoping to find a body of people who will help them in their search or to encourage them in their walk with Him. Ask that God cause us to never hesitate to go beyond greetings and show love for them by sharing a meal or making a phone call.
Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person (Colossians 4:5, 6).
Day 27 - Monday, August 12, 2019
Ask God to help us understand His holiness and power. Ask that He convict us of our sins and give us the courage to keep our lives free from greed, selfishness, and pride. Ask that He cause our lives to be testimonies of Who He is and that others may see His Spirit living in us and be irresistibly attracted to His Son. Ask that He give our church family reputations for Christlikeness.
Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world (Philippians 2:14-16).
Day 28 - Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Lift up before God our college students, asking that He will give them direction in their lives and wisdom as they wrestle with important decisions about how best to bring honor to Him in their home and public life. Ask that God would give them the self-discipline they need during this time. Ask that God would use them in great ways to accomplish both local and world evangelism.
“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).
Day 29 - Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Today, seek God's blessing upon our country's moral illnesses such as abortion, pornography, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, and crime. Ask that He would heal these hurts which require spiritual solutions and that He would give us the wisdom and the willingness to minister to those who are Satan's victims and to lovingly share the saving message of our risen Savior with His power to rescue people from the devil's snares.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6: 10-12).
Day 30 - Thursday, August 15, 2019
Ask God to give us the ability to see the world with His eyes, to see past the external and the obvious to the hurt and the need, which is all around us. Ask that He help us to seek creative and effective means of ministry to each other and, also, to reaching out to the lost. Pray that he will plant in us a willingness to give Him our best efforts, the "first fruits" of our mental and physical energy.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might…For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them (Ephesians 1:18, 19; 2:10).
Day 31 - Friday, August 16, 2019
Today, we ask God to bless our Bible Class program by encouraging those who serve so diligently in this work of love and by sending more workers who will help teach our classes from young children to adults about their heavenly Father. Give the workers an awareness of the eternal significance of their efforts. Also, pray that we will be quick to show our appreciation for the great many quiet labors of love in all areas of ministry within our church family.
“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 neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19-21).
Day 32 - Saturday, August 17, 2019
Today, lift up before God each of our missionaries, and so many others from our church family who devote themselves to shining the light of God’s word in other places both here and abroad.
Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:36-38).
Day 33 - Sunday, August 18, 2019
Thank God that He has chosen to give every member of His family a gift to use in the building up of His kingdom. Pray that He will help us all to see how He weaves every member's efforts in ministry into a beautiful tapestry and how each of the various forms of service, public and private, work together for the purpose of fulfilling our commission to "seek and to save the lost," to be lights shining in a world of spiritual darkness.
“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).
Day 34 - Monday, August 19, 2019
Ask God to bless the Bible studies and other outreach efforts of our congregation. May new Christians grow, and may mature Christians teach diligently. Pray that these efforts will reap harvests long lasting into the future.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:11, 16-18).
Day 35 - Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Ask God to plant in the heart of every believer a desire for reaching out to those who are without hope of eternal life. Ask God to give us the desire to discover new methods of proclaiming the good news and the wisdom never to vary from the unchanging Truth. Ask Him to protect us from Satan’s attempts to discourage us, divide us, or to cause us to lose sight of our task. Thank Him for His faithfulness and for bringing us together as a church family.
Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3).
Day 36 - Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Thank God for the many members of our family who sacrificially give their time to teaching and encouraging others. Ask that He give each of us a greater understanding of what it means to be a royal priesthood, chosen by God to declare His praises among those in darkness and to minister to each other for His glory, and that each member will seek to serve others.
But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation (1 Peter 2:9, 11, 12).
Day 37 - Thursday, August 22, 2019
Ask God to bless the marriages at Bear Valley with strength to endure the pressures of life and endurance despite the temptations of Satan. Ask that they may be examples of sacrifice and harmony in a world full of selfishness and discord. Ask that our Christ-centered marriages may stand as evidence of God's great power and that every home will serve as a point of evangelism with couples drawing strength from each other and God.
…and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:5-7).
Day 38 - Friday, August 23, 2019
Ask God to give each of us a spirit of humility before Him and before others. Ask that He keep us from a prideful spirit. Ask that He enable us to deal with others in honesty and patience that all the world may see His Son living in us. Ask that He help us to be quick to forgive and slow to condemn and that our unity may be testimony of His power.
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3).
Day 39 - Saturday, August 24, 2019
Ask God to bless the girls and staff that make up the Higher Ground Encampment. Ask that the girls who attend from all over the country will arrive safely and be returned safely to their families. Ask that God bless the new staff so that they will be effective in their teaching and training of these girls. Ask that the whole week be a blessing for all those involved.
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth (Colossians 3:1, 2).
Day 40 - Sunday, August 25, 2019
Finally, thank God for the victories of all the past decades and for the victories He will work through us in the coming years. Thank Him for all those who have joined their hearts so faithfully in prayer these past weeks and ask that our prayers will continue to grow in frequency and fervency during the coming years as we fix our eyes and our hope upon Jesus, the Risen Savior.
I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Corinthians 1:4-9).
It is our prayer that the past 40 days have been a powerful blessing upon your life. We know that God can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Therefore, by faith, we know that He has heard the prayer we have offered and will accomplish His Will in each area brought Him.
The power and effectiveness of our combined prayers need not end with the completion of these 40 days. We urge you to go back through the pages time and time again, adding your own requests and praises. May we always bathe each step of our lives in faithful prayer.
"Devote yourselves to prayer....." Colossians 4:2