PRAY. ACT. PRAY AGAIN.
A 40-Day Walk with God
An online companion to the book by Rev. Kathleene Card and Dr. Dianne Martin
Day 8. Great Is Our God
Adapted from Psalm 145. I extol You, my God and King. I bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I bless You and praise Your name forever and ever. Great are You, Lord, and highly to be praised. Your greatness is unsearchable…and I tell of Your greatness. You are gracious and merciful, slow to anger and great in loving kindness. You are good to all, and Your mercies are over all Your works. All Your works shall give thanks to You, Oh Lord…You sustain all who fall and raise up all who are bowed down. All eyes look to You…You are righteous in all Your ways and kind in all Your deeds. You are near to those who call upon You in truth. You fulfill the desire of those who revere You; You hear my cry and will save me. I know You keep me among those who love You…my mouth will speak praise to You to bless Your holy name forever and ever. Amen.
Day 9. Step Out Boldly
Adapted from Psalm 18:28-50. I praise You, Lord, because You light my lamp and illuminate my darkness. Your way is blameless and Your word is tried. When I take refuge in You, You are my shield. You gird me in strength, and keep me from sin. You make my feet like hind’s feet and set me on high places. You enlarge my steps under me so my feet don’t slip. You train my hands for battle. You give me the shield of Your salvation. Your right hand upholds me. Your tenderness makes me great. You gird me for battle and deliver me from contentious people. You are my rock and my salvation! I sing praises to Your name for Your deliverance and Your loving kindness forever. Amen.
Day 10. God’s Plans
Adapted from Proverbs 16:1-4, 7, 9. My Lord, I acknowledge that so many of the plans of my heart belong to me, but the answers should come from You. All my ways seem clean in my own sight, but You weigh my motives. I hereby commit my work to You, Lord, and trust that my plans will be established according to Your will. You make everything for its own purpose…When my ways are pleasing to You Lord, You will make even my enemies at peace with me…as I plan my day, I know that You will direct my steps. In the holy name of Jesus I pray, Amen
Day 11. Find and Share Comfort
Adapted from II Corinthians 1:1-24, 13:11. Blessed be You, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Father of mercies and God of all comfort. You comfort me in all my affliction, so that I am able to comfort those in affliction with the same comfort I receive from You. For just as I sometimes share in the sufferings of Christ, so also my comfort is abundant through Christ. If I am comforted by God, it is my job to share in comforting others. My hope in You is firmly grounded, knowing that when I share with the suffering of others, we are sharers in each other’s comfort…Finally, Dear Lord, help me always to rejoice in order to be made complete, be comforted, and be like-minded so that I can live in peace and be Your comfort to my Christian brothers and sisters. I claim You, the God of love and peace, in my life and walk. Amen.
Day 12. Wisdom of God
Adapted from Psalm 19:7-14. Lord, Your law is perfect, restoring my soul. Your testimony is sure, bringing wisdom to my foolishness. Your precepts are right, causing my heart to rejoice. Your commandments are pure, bringing enlightenment to my eyes. Reverence for You endures forever; Your judgments are true, altogether righteous. I am not able to discern my own errors, so I ask You to forgive me of hidden faults and keep me from presumptuous sins. I thank You that through Jesus Christ I am acquitted of all my transgressions. I ask that the words of my mouth and the meditation of me heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Amen.
Day 13. Pray to Action
Adapted from I Peter 1:13-22. Dear Lord, I pray that You will gird my mind for action, help me to keep sober in spirit, help me to fix my hope completely on the grace brought to me through the revelation of what Jesus Christ has done for me...Give me the power not be to conformed to former wrong thoughts and acts done in my ignorance, but like the Holy One who calls me, become holy in ALL of my behavior, conducting myself with reverence during my time on earth, knowing that I was redeemed at a very high cost with the precious blood of Christ…Fill me with the knowledge and assurance that I have been born again with the imperishable seed through the living and abiding Word of God to carry out Your will and actions in a hurting world. I ask for all of this in the holy name of Jesus. Amen.
Day 14. Shout for Joy!
Adapted from Zephaniah 3: 14-20. I Shout for Joy. I rejoice and exalt with all of my heart. Lord, You take away Your judgments against me; You clear away my enemies. I fear disaster no more! I am not afraid because You, Lord, are in my midst like a victorious warrior. You bring exultation and joy. You are quiet in Your love. Here are Your promises, Oh Lord, which I claim today. You save the lame and gather the outcast, You turn shame into praise and renown, You bring everyone in, and You restore fortunes before our eyes. I sing praises to Your holy name. Amen