The Story: 40 Days of Prayer

Prayer Focus and Scripture during the 40 Days before The Story begins

There is an opportunity for God to do great things as we study His word through The Story this year. Below you will find a prayer focus and a scripture to guide our prayer during this 40 Days of Prayer and Preparation. A printable copy may be found here.


August 1: Ask God for wisdom as we apply His story to our own life story.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

August 2: Thank God for those who prepared the materials for our study.
“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.” Colossians 1:28-29

August 3: Praise God for His Holy Spirit who guides us.
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.” John 16:13

August 4: Pray for our families as they experience The Story of the Bible together.
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7

August 5: Pray for conviction of sin in our lives and the willingness to repent.
“Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22

August 6: Ask God to make our hearts receptive to His story and protect our minds from distractions.
“…for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13

August 7: Ask God to be our voice as we boldly share our testimony with those who need Jesus.
“And God has given us the privilege of urging everyone to come into his favor and be reconciled to him… This is the wonderful message He has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors.” 2 Corinthians 5:18b-20

August 8: Praise God for the abundant grace He has poured out upon His people.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1

August 9: Pray for salvation for those who have not taken that step.
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

August 10: Pray for physical protection and good health for our leaders and participants.
“…I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you…” 2 John 3

August 11: Pray that each person would sense God’s presence in their personal studies.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

August 12: Pray that God’s blessings would be poured out on those who lead and serve.
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42

August 13: Pray for God’s power to touch each person’s heart to respond to him with praise.
“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103

August 14: Pray that our church would hunger and thirst for spiritual transformation.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6

August 15: Pray that we would experience deeper relationships and changed lives.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe…” Ephesians 1:17-19a

August 16: Ask God to lead us to those in our neighborhoods who need Jesus.
“’You are the light of the world.’ …let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-15

August 17: Pray that God will bring groups together to share The Story.
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Colossians 1:9

August 18: Ask God for spiritual protection for our leaders and participants.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

August 19: Pray that participants will have a renewed desire to pursue spiritual habits in their lives.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2a

August 20: Pray for each person to have a servant’s heart and to serve wherever needed.
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26b-28

August 21: Praise God for the hearts that will be changed by this study.
“Create in me a pure heart , O God…” Psalm 51: 10a

August 22: Ask God to powerfully use The Story to impact our community for Christ.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always…” Matthew 28:20

August 23: Pray that everyone will grow in their love of God – with all their heart, soul, and mind.
”‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37

August 24: Ask God to maintain unity and harmony among leaders and participants.
“May they [believers] be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:23

August 25: Pray for lasting, eternal fruit.
“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Matthew 5:48

August 26: Pray that those who visit our church will be warmly welcomed.
“May our church be a ‘place where the hurting, the hopeless, the discouraged, the depressed, the frustrated and confused can find love, acceptance, guidance and encouragement.’” Rick Warren

August 27: Pray that The Story will be a defining experience in our church’s journey.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105