40 Days of Prayer – Day 1

Day 1 - Avoid the Tragedy of Unbelief

Read Matthew 13:53-58

“And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.” Matthew 13:58 (HCSB)

This is one of the saddest verses in the Bible. It is the account of Jesus going to His hometown to teach. When people heard Him, they were astonished. However, their astonishment did not lead them to respond to His teaching in obedience and faith. Their lives could have been radically changed for the better. Their community could have been radically changed. However, no positive changes occurred in the people or the town of Nazareth. Why? The Scripture gives the reason, “Because of their unbelief.”
Unbelief shuts the door on the transformational power of Jesus. Faith opens the floodgates to that same transformational power. In contrast to this passage of Scripture are countless others where Jesus worked miracles in response to the faith present in the lives of people. (Read Matthew 9:2; 9:22; 15:28; Mark 10:52; Luke 8:48)

When Jesus looks at your life what does He find? An attitude of faith? Or unbelief? Do you believe Jesus can do a work of renewal and revitalization in your church? Do you believe He will? Do you believe that to the extent you are praying for Jesus to bring renewal to your church?

PRAYER If your unbelief is a roadblock to Jesus working in your church, confess the sin of unbelief. Ask God to strengthen your faith in Him. (Mark 9:24)

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    Thelma Douglas says:

    Thank you for this 40 day prayer challenge.

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    Peter F. Scanlon says:

    In moments when I’m weak Always remember vs like Mk 9 vs 24 & remember where true strength comes from & practice my Step 2 & 11 to Matthew 6 vs 33 & John 15 vs 5 then to His promise in Phil. 4 vs 13

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    Julie says:

    My prayer during this 40 day challenge
    That God, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ and the all- glorious Father, will give me Julie spiritual wisdom and the insight to know more of him; that I Julie May receive that inner illumination of the spirit which will make me Julie realize how great is the hope to which he is calling me Julie – the magnificence and splendor of the inheritance promised to Christians – and how tremendous is the power to me Julie who believes in God.
    That power is the same divine power which was demonstrated in Christ when he raised him from the dead and gave him the place of supreme honor in heaven- a place that is infinitely superior to any conceivable command,authority,power or control, and which carries with it a name far above any name that could ever be used in this world or the world to come .
    Amen. Ephesians 1:17-21

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