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40 Days of Worship and Prayer

September 11, 2013 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Posted in: Prayer

“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!” (Isaiah 64:1)

Today begins an extraordinarily unique season in our state – 40 Days of Worship and Prayer in churches across Connecticut. In churches across the state, the call has gone out for people to humble themselves, repent of their sin, and cry out for the Lord to pour out His Spirit on our land and bring revival once again. During this season, the focus in our church will be on prayer, worship, and revival, and I want to encourage you to set aside time daily to pray for God to bring revival to our hearts, our church, and our state.

Below, I have included the introductory statement from Impact Connecticut, the official name for the group of pastors who have organized this season. May it inspire and encourage you to seek the Lord boldly this fall!

The 40 Days of Worship initiative is not the idea of any one man or ministry. Rather, it was birthed by a visionary prophetic word, release to and tested by a broad cross-section of leaders of the Body of Christ in our state. 40 consecutive days of God-inspired, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered worship at 40+ locations all across Connecticut. You can learn more about this initiative and Impact Connecticut at the website: www.impactconnecticut.com.

Each gathering is part of a living altar of praise and worship being erected by the Body of Christ over our state. From September 4th through October 14th the church in Connecticut is gathering to present an extravagant offering of worship to the Lord: from Ledyard to Torrington; from Enfield to Old Saybrook; from Greenwich to Willimantic and dozens of towns in between. In the cities of Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, New London, and Waterbury; and in the community of Sandy Hook, God’s people are coming before His throne over these forty days in a united expression of prayer and worship.

The Scriptures teach us that the Lord is enthroned on the praises of His people. We desperately need to see the Lord’s kingly rule and reign established over our state. We come together to worship the Lord and to seek Him on behalf of Connecticut. We do not gather in a spirit of triumphalism, but in a spirit of repentance. We desperately need to see His Kingdom come here; we long to see His will be done in Connecticut as it is in heaven. Let heaven’s winds of renewal blow across our state!

These 40 Days of Worship are a visible expression of the unity of Christ’s body in our state. “There is one body and one Spirit – just as we were called to one hope when we were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of us all, who is over all and through all and in all.” We remind ourselves tonight, and we remind the Lord that He promised us that where brothers and sisters dwell together in unity, there the Lord commands His blessing… O Lord, we humbly beseech you to command your blessing upon this gathering and upon our state.

These are the purposes for gathering over these 40 days. We come to present the Lord with an extravagant offering of worship. We gather in a spirit of repentance, for we are a needy people and our families and communities and our state and nation are desperately in need of the Lord’s mercy, grace and healing. We yearn for revival in his church and awakening among the populace that salvation and reformation might come to our land. And we come in unity of heart and spirit that Christ’s church might become one in love and in purpose so that the Lord might indeed command his blessing to our state.

So now, let us pray as our Lord has taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. AMEN.

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