A Week of Prayer and our story so far

We ended our First 40 Days of Prayer experience with a daily gathering (instead of a the regular weekly one) based on the themes of the  remaining 7 days for the devotionals.

The objective of the First 40 was to end up  with a new or renewed lifestyle of prayer. The signal that we were on the right path would come from how we would testify for Jesus, and grabbed opportunities to make someone else’s life a little better.

The typical week of prayer most of us had been a part of had involved inviting a “special speaker’ to lead a program for spiritual renewal of church folks.

Nothing wrong with that, but while church folks were still blessed by the week,we emphasized building a praying and outward-focused community of Christ’ disciples.

Here are two main ways we hoped to accomplish this objectives,aside from a daily email devotionals focused compassion:

1. We encouraged people to be attentive to whom God was calling them to invite to the HoPE. In fact, the dream was to have a sign outside of our HoPE space so that a passersby would read: “How may we pray with you? Please come in!”

What if our Houses of Prayer were places where the stranger could be welcome and know that there would find a safe place to pour their deepest prayer and where people of God could support them in their search for God?

2. What if Week of prayers weren’t only events to inspire ourselves, but an occasion to provide spiritual encouragement with practical acts of kindness toward our local community?

As a group, we collected items for homeless people or people in need that we might encounter on the road during our day. Having starter kit bags ready to distribute created an awareness and a  reminder that God had provided for us so that we might bless someone else when the occasion would present itself.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

-Ephesians 2:10

As a follow up to our 40Days, we plan to do outreach as a group on a more regular basis among ourselves and with our local church at large. If you are joining local agencies to provide for the poor while connecting it to Prayer Ministry, please share with us on this blog! We’d love to read about what you’re doing.

2. During our week of prayer, we as leaders receded into the background as much as possible and made space for others to rise to the occasion for leading out in prayers and sharing their story -so far- with God.

The Week of Prayer became an opportunity for living out what the Holy Spirit was empowering us to do. The seven days were a microcosm of the life we are called to live everyday: Share with others our stories with God so far and practice serving another.

In other words, Live the Gospel.

As a community we want to came together to do something for the benefit of those we’ve been praying about: those who have less or are easily forgotten in our society. Prayer is not doing nothing.

Prayer is doing good or doing ministry in the authority of Jesus, and prayer  is the power source of what makes living the Gospel possible.





Day 10 of 40: Persecution

Read Luke 21:10-19.

The path of following Jesus often leads to persecution. For those who’ve grown up in a culture of freedom and choice, it is easy to forget that there are places where certain decisions can result in oppression, exclusion, persecution, and even death.

Before his death on the cross, Jesus warned his followers that they would be persecuted by both religious and secular authorities. For some, their own families would turn against them. Jesus’ predictions came true in the lives of Peter, John, James, Paul and many others down the years who took a stand for Christ. Most of Jesus’ disciples were imprisoned, beaten, and eventually executed.

In North America, we may be scorned or ridiculed, but we are rarely arrested for our faith. In many countries throughout the world, however, thousands of Christians face terrible persecution. Many pay the ultimate price of faith: giving their lives.


In many sales advertisements, only the good aspects of an event are emphasized. Why do you think Jesus warns his followers about the bad—persecution to come? When have you heard about or witnessed the suffering of others for Christ?

Read about those who suffer persecution. How can you encourage those who undergo persecution for their faith? Request an e-mail prayer alert from an organization that works to help persecuted Christians.


Have mercy, Lord, on those who are mistreated. Keep them strong and rescue them from death.



Next: Day 11 of 40