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I am glad that you have joined those of us who seek to repent, to renew our minds and to grow in our prayer life to enable up to rise spiritually in the ways of Jesus Christ. You are encouraged to use a journal or notebook to write your reflections, what the Lord is speaking to you, your prayers and/or prayer requests.

During the Forty Day Prayer Journey it is suggested that you:
1. Fast at least one day per week preferably Wednesday. Alternatively, you can fast a food or activity the entire Lenten season. If you are ill or using medication please seek advice from your doctor.
2. Select a Prayer Partner or two (Triplett) to pray together at least once a week as you determine for your schedule.
3. Daily pray the intercessory daily prayer focus and prayer points for that date. Read the Bible and the scriptures.
4. Read the scriptures listed in the daily prayer focus. Answer the questions in your journal if there are any for that day and write down your reflections. Meditate on the Word each day.
5. Make an entry in your journal each day or as led by the Holy Spirit. Make sure you the complete the “Something to Act On” exercise section where it appears from time to time in the daily prayer focus.

DAY 24 – March 13 Seeking to Rise Spiritually by Walking Together In the Body
Scriptures: Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12; Eph. 4:7-16

• Pray for every member of the body of Christ to discover his/her place and come into proper relationship with the other members within your church and in other congregations.
• Pray for each member to walk faithfully in God’s gifting and calling to build up others.
• Pray for each member within the body to accept, honor, and work together purposefully and in harmony with various parts of the body at Messiah or where God has joined us through the local congregation.
• Confess and ask God for forgiveness if you are guilty of withholding fellowship from those that are unlike you in personality, ethnic origin, or gifting within the body of Christ.
• Pray for those who have suffered calamity or crisis in their families. Pray that peace and unity bind affected families together in love.
• Pray for missionaries. Pray that God will provide favor, protection, resources and laborers.
• Pray that family members and friends will be a source of joy and blessing to each.
• Pray that Christ’s life might be expressed freely through the body, properly functioning together in love.

Spiritual Rise Act:

Send someone on the sick and shut-in list a card or call them.
 Make a list of the spiritual blessings God has given you.

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DAY 25 – March 14 Seeking to Rise Spiritually by Pursuing Reconciliation in Truth and Love
Scriptures: 2 Cor. 5:12; Eph. 2:16-18; Col. 1:19-23

• Pray for believers throughout our city to be burdened with Christ’s compelling love to be reconciled to one another.
• Pray that you be reconciled with anyone with whom you have had an argument or disagreement that keeps you separated from in the body of Christ or in the world.
• Pray for truth and love to cause individuals and congregations throughout the city to pursue reconciliation with those from whom they are separated or with whom they have suffered a break in relationship.
• Pray that the enemy of unity who works division by accusing brother against brother would be defeated by the power of love permeating throughout the church.
• Pray that your children and the children of the community will grow up in the training
and instruction of the Lord and will learn to walk in His ways.
• Pray for church leaders. Pray that they will serve faithfully, humbly and with wisdom.
• Pray for persons in prison.
• Pray that unsaved families, friends, and neighbors will hear the Word, receive it and respond in faith.

Spiritual Rise Act:

 Spend time meditating and ask God to show you a person with which you need to go to and reconcile. Now do what He tells you to do.
 Learn to spend time each day quietly listening for God’s voice. Invite Him to bring thoughts to your mind from His Word or through His Spirit. Test what you hear from the written Word of God.

DAY 26 – March 15 Seeking to Rise Spiritually Pursuing Genuine Relationships through Fellowship
Scriptures: Acts 2: 42-47; Gal. 2:1-10; Phil. 2:1-4

• Intercede for the body of Christ to continue steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayer.
• Repent of declaring love for God while not living in love with brothers and sisters in the Lord.
• Pray that the church have a fresh conviction and commitment that brings them to pursue different relationships with those who are different from ourselves in culture, race, ethnicity, and socio-economics.
• Praise God that He is a God of fellowship and communion and, as a good Father, He loves to draw His children together.
• Pray for persons with low self-esteem and those who feel unloved. Pray that they receive help of the Lord to trust in His unfailing love, to accept that love, and to abide in that love.
• Pray for the unemployed. Pray that God will meet the needs of those without work in a way that they can thank God for the provision; that they will soon find meaningful employment and glorify God for it. Pray for resources, family and social support, and encouragement.
• Pray that members of your church will lovingly bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.
• Pray for marriages. Pray for those that are strained and that God will bring forgiveness, help and healing; that He will heal broken hearts and restore intimacy.
• Pray for the City Council. Pray that they will operate in integrity and wisdom.
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Spiritual Rise Act:

Start each of your prayer times in the next few days by asking the Holy Spirit to help you pray as you should. Pause to listen. Then begin to pray following His lead rather than a familiar pattern.

Linda Fegins, “The Prayer Leader” serves as prayer leader and teacher/trainer on the “Prayer Boot Camp” with the Global Missions Prayer Force and as a guest intercessor and volunteer for Girlfriends Pray a global prayer ministry. She served as Prayer Coordinator for over 13 years( later Director over the Prayer Ministry) for the Lydia Circle Christian Business and Professional Women. As part of the Lydia Circle she has lead over a dozen prayer boot camps, and has lead prayer services and workshops in the Bahamas and in South Africa and was on the prayer team of a medical missions trips to Jamaica under the leadership of Rev. Jackie McCullough. She is also a member of the National Church Prayer Leaders Network and serves as the Prayer Leader of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry of her church.