40 Days of Discipline

40 Days of Discipline: Day 12 – Prayer (basic Discipline)


“Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, that calls me from a world of care.”

 How many hurting people did you end up praying for yesterday?  Did you find some of them very close to you – maybe even family members?    Have you ever thought about how often we treat God like a genie in a bottle that we try to bring out when we need him?  The truth is, of course, that he is God not a genie and we need him every second of every day.

We will continue with suggested prayer activities to start your day, during the day, and end your day.  Of course you are not restricted to only pray for the items prescribed.  Here are the minimum requirements for today:

  • Start of Day Requirement:  On this second day we are going to start with thanksgiving.  Think of the many things you have been blessed with (e.g., salvation, family, friends, and health).  It is always good to write or type your thoughts down.  Spend some time telling God thanks and demonstrate your gratefulness for God’s faithfulness.
  • During the Day Requirement:  Pay attention to your emotions during the day.  Those moments when you are particularly happy, fearful, hopeful, sad, or angry, take a moment to talk to God about them.  Remember that God is interested in all aspects of your life and only seeks your good.  So, check in with him to see how he feels about the way you are feeling.
  • End of Day Requirement:  Think about what transpired today and talk to God about it.  What went well and what didn’t go so well.  Confess your shortcomings and thank him for the power and help he provides.

Prayer thought for today:  If you think you are in too much trouble to pray that’s when you will be in serious trouble!

Throughout the week we will be collecting prayer requests on the blog site.  Please use the comments option to leave and review prayer requests.

6 thoughts on “40 Days of Discipline: Day 12 – Prayer (basic Discipline)

  1. Hi all,
    I would like to request that we pray for those who directly oppose and even attack our Faith.
    That we encourage one another to keep walking in Christ no matter how much criticism we get.

    Also, that through actions or words, we are moved by the Holy Spirit to take full advantage of this Lenten season to reach out to and encourage others to move from religion to relationship with Our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

  2. God is so good. On Saturday driving home from work I suddenly experienced blurred vision in both eyes, I called on Jesus to see me through this and He did and I was able to reach P.O.S. safely. Thanks to Andre I was able to see a doctor and after doing the recommended tests they have revealed that I have moderate blockage in my carotid arteries on the right side of my neck. So after seeing yesterday’s discipline I had a lot to praise God for, being my healer my protector and today giving thanks to Him means so much more. I will appreciate your prayers as I go through trial. To God be the glory great things He has done and will continue to do.

  3. Let’s keep praying for the missing Malaysian aircraft as well as the 200 plus passengers and their relatives and loved ones. God is powerful and he will lead the way to find out the mystery behind this incident.

  4. I am very uncomfortable with allowing my emotions to surface when dealing with people in general. I can share anything with God, even in tears. BUT to focus on my emotions or give an emotional response makes me vulnerable, open to attack. This definitely can be attributed to my upbringing as a child.

    I am certain that this unbalanced approach has deprived me from developing deep relationships.

    I tend to observe people for lengthy periods of time before asking questions or even making requests. In my job this this relatively easy.

    Thank God for the Men’s ministry, where I can openly ask questions to some people that I have come to trust. I am comfortable first in approaching these men e.g Lester, Norman, David, Gordon and Pastor and bouncing off questions or ideas that I need to get feedback on. (sorry for names).

    In a sense, it is not coincidental that a deliberate effort is made to partner with the young men at west side in their journey in this life as well as their spiritual growth, so they won.t end up like me.

    These thoughts I will not usually share, BUT!!!

    • Thanks for sharing Terrance. It is not fun to write about our shortcomings, we always want to give the best impression on people, BUT, we are humans and therefore not perfect. I actually can relate to you, I can share anything to God, and like you, for me it is very difficult to give an emotional response to people, because in my case I don’t attack, but I cry, and I hate that. So, sometimes I prefer to swallow everything to myself rather than people seeing me crying. But thanks be given to God we can come as we are in front of Him and tell Him the good and the bad about ourselves. He also loves us so much that He arranges that we meet with people we can feel comfortable and share with.

  5. I can relate with you Carolina and just like Terrance I am grateful for my wonderful friends at church that I can trust. And since I move to a different country every three years, I always make it a point to find a church first and foremost, in the new place of assignment. Usually my husband’s posting is two or three years in a certain country. This is our 9th country so I’ve been to many churches and fellowship groups with so much diversity and T&T is one of them! From church I’m so blessed to always find a good ladies fellowship group where I can grow, pray, and share all my ups and downs ,and joy from the challenging life of being a believer. Truly, it is encouraging to have friends and people around you who have strong faith and love for the Lord…it is contagious!

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