One of the crucial significant numbers in the Bible is the number 40. Many of the most well known Biblical events can be connected with the number 40. Moses stayed on the mountain with God for 40 days. After Noah built the Ark, it rained for 40 days and nights. The Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years. Goliath challenged the Israelites for 40 days. David and Solomon both reigned over Israel for 40 years. Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days. Each time the number 40 appears, God does something huge. In 2012, God began to speak to my wife Barbara and I about major changes coming for our ministry, Dallas Metro Dream Center. We knew that in order for us to prepare for these changes, we needed to transform the people that God wanted us to transform. Our whole staff and board members read the book, The Circle Maker, by Mark Batterson. This book reminded us of a principle that we have based our entire ministry on- bold prayers changes things. Quickly after reading the book, we made up our minds to commit to 40 days of prayer. Every morning, I sent out an e-mail devotion to set the tone for prayer for that day. On a daily basis people began to hear about the 40 days of prayer and asked to be added to the list, and our prayer circle continues to grow. It was an implausible 40 days that made a huge difference in the lives of everyone involved.
I want to share these devotions with you. My prayer is that God will speak to you about changes He wants to make in your life. If we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, God can take us further than we will even imagine. I challenge you to spend the next 40 days praying. What is it in your life or home that needs to be circled in prayer? On a daily basis for the next 40 days, read the devotion and then spend time praying about it. You’ll be amazed at what God does.
In 2011, God gave me a verse to live by, and I have been standing on this promise ever since. Habakkuk 1:5 “’For I am going to something in your days that you would not imagine, even supposing you were told.” What is it that God is going to do? Ask. He will tell you.