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40 Days of a United Prayer Community

Posted by Amy Roedding , in 40 Days of Prayer 07 April 2013 · 4512 views

“Prayer is the primary work of God’s people” (Phil. 4:6-7) is one of the core values of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Adele Calhoun notes, “Our God is free to come to us in spiritual disciplines as he wills, not as we demand. But unless we open ourselves up to him through spiritual practices, we will miss his coming altogether” (Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, p. 19). Prayer is one of the spiritual disciplines. Through a 40 Day Alliance Community of World Wide Prayer, we are desiring the Alliance family to come together to seek God, to pray for our people, communities, churches, and the world and to open ourselves up to allow God to speak to us individually and corporately.

Another core value of the C&MA is “knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success” (Josh. 1:8). Spending time in the Word of God is another classic spiritual discipline. During our 40 Day prayer community, we will also come together around the book of Acts and selected Psalms. Our desire is that the Holy Spirit will speak to us as we open ourselves up to His leading by spending time with God in His Word.

Lastly, through our 40 days of prayer we hope to build and nurture our C&MA community through reading stories and thoughts on prayer selected from a wide variety of our C&MA family. In his commentary The Christ in the Bible, A.B. Simpson discusses Mt. 18:20, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." He reflects on the power of a united praying church using the example of Acts 12.

In the story of the early Church we have some remarkable instances of the power of united prayer...The Apostle Peter was held in prison, like a caged animal, to be brought out on the great festival of Easter and publically butchered before the crowd to make a more distinguished holiday, and the simple but eloquent verse is added: “but the church was earnestly praying for him” (12:5). We know what followed-not only the miraculous deliverance of Peter, but soon after the fearful death of Herod, his persecutor; and the chapter ends with the remarkable but brief record, “But the word of God continued to increase and spread” (12:24). This has ever been and will ever be the secret of the Church’s power” (p. 97-98).

Join us as we unite as a C&MA family and community May 2-June 10 and see the power of prayer and the Word of God in our midst!

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Marvin Harrell
Apr 17 2013 10:48 AM
Count me in. I will do my best to connect here and pray with this community of faith!
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Thomas Harrell
Apr 17 2013 10:50 AM
I, too, will be in prayer with this community!
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Amy Roedding
Apr 18 2013 06:56 AM
Welcome - you are the first to join this online praying community!
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Douglas Hautz
Apr 18 2013 10:34 PM
Love it ... look forward to praying
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Cindy Carroll
Apr 22 2013 06:16 PM
Will be in prayer! Question: Do we need to check back here each day during the 40 days, or will the prayer requests and scripture passages be posted elsewhere?
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David Longacre
Apr 24 2013 09:23 AM
I plan on joining the 40 days of Prayer and recruiting others from our church.
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Awilda Ruiz
Apr 25 2013 06:53 AM
Count me in. I will also try to connech and pray with you. I have shared this with my Facebook Friends and church family.

Blessings.
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I will be part of this prayer journey.
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Marvin Harrell
Apr 29 2013 02:16 PM

Will be in prayer! Question: Do we need to check back here each day during the 40 days, or will the prayer requests and scripture passages be posted elsewhere?


Hi Cindy. There is an event page located here, but you can go back to the main blog to see the list as they are published as well.
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Cindy Carroll
May 02 2013 11:09 AM
Thanks! What a blessing and a privilege!
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