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Benefits and Uses of the 40 Day Devotional and Prayer Focus
The goal of the 40 Days devotional study and prayer book is to benefit God's work and people in several ways. The book has two main emphasis; devotional study and prayer.
First, all who prayerfully enter into the 40 days of personal devotional study and prayer will strengthen their relationship with the Lord. They will grow in the Spirit filled experience, and their prayer life will become more consistent and effective. Each devotional section is designed to lay a strong spiritual foundation in the lives of the participants.
Secondly, the 40 Days book has an emphasis on reaching out to and praying for 5 individuals who are non-Adventists or former Adventists living in the participant's area. Prayer for those on the prayer lists will enable the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of those prayed for in bringing them closer to Christ. Members will be encouraged as they see the Spirit answering their prayers.
The 40 Days book can be used in conjunction with any evangelistic effort. Fifty days before the meetings begin church members can be invited to participate in the 40 days of devotional study and prayer. The Sabbath the 40 days program begins is called "Kick-Off Sabbath" in this manual. As part of their daily prayer focus they should include the Visitor’s Sabbath and evangelistic meetings. The Visitor’s Sabbath should be held at the end of the 40 days. The evangelistic outreach meetings should be conducted shortly after the Visitor’s Sabbath. The visitors who attend Visitor’s Sabbath are given an evangelistic meeting handbill and invited to attend opening night of the evangelistic meetings.
Imagine the power of having many church members systematically praying for Visitor’s Sabbath and the evangelistic meetings every day for 40 days. Plus, the 5 individuals placed on their individual prayer lists are to be invited to attend Visitor’s Sabbath and opening night of the evangelistic meetings. The church will see many friends, family members, and former Adventists attend in response to their personal invitation supported by the daily prayers for these individuals.
This 40 days of devotional study and prayer focus will prove to be a blessing to any spiritual emphasis in the local church; whether spiritual growth meetings for the members or outreach efforts in the community. The 40 day emphasis can be conducted one or two times a year in your church.
A conference can also use the 40 day emphasis prior to some major conference-wide spiritual emphasis or evangelistic effort. Pastors and conference church members can join together in united study and prayer for the event.
The 40 Days book can be used to spiritually strengthen new members. Whenever a new member joins the church they can be given a 40 Days book and have a church member become their devotional study and prayer partner. Each day the established church member can call the new member and review the devotion for that day with them and pray together. This will help spiritually strengthen the new member and closely connect them with someone in the church.