Day 1

40 Day Prayer Journey

Luke 4:1-2,14

“Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led

by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in

those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out

through all the surrounding region.”

Devotion

I want to invite you on a journey with me, a 40 day journey, a 40 day journey of prayer. Why 40 days? It is biblical. Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days at the beginning of His ministry. The Bible says he was led by the Spirit into the desert to fast, pray, and be tempted by the devil. “Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days.” Luke 4:1-2

This was a God ordained time for Jesus. His Heavenly Father wanted to prepare Jesus spiritually for his public ministry. The Father knew His Son needed the alone time with God and the focused time in prayer with God. If Jesus was going to live in this world, overcome the devil, and complete His divine purpose, He needed to wait on the Lord. It was in waiting on God in prayer that empowered Jesus for His divine mission. Isaiah states the importance of waiting. “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.

The 40 days of prayer worked just like the Father designed it to work in Jesus’ life. The devil left Him, angels ministered to Him, and He gained new power. Look what it says in Luke 4:14, after the 40 days, “Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit.”

God can do this for you. If you devote 40 days of prayer to the Lord, you also can receive greater power. Greater power over sin in your life. Greater power in your ministry. Greater power in your marriage and family, and greater power in walking with the Lord.

Here are some great takeaways for you:

1. This world you live in is a desert place. It does not offer spiritual nourishment for you. It is a dry and barren place.

2. The devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Just like the devil tempted Jesus, so the devil will attack you with temptation.

3. If Jesus needed to pray, you do too. Jesus was led by the Spirit to pray. The Holy Spirit is calling you to pray.

4. If Jesus needed power, you do too. Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit. God promises power to those who wait on God.

5. This is the beginning of a new year. If you seek the Lord, you will find Him.

6. Time spent with God equals power from God. This is a key to the anointing. Be in His presence. Call upon His name. If you do, He will empower you.

Will you join me in prayer? Will you set aside 40 days?

40 days to seek the Lord.

40 days to surrender to the Lord.

40 days to call on the name of the Lord.

40 days to wait on the Lord.

Quote

“Prayer is God’s idea. If you didn’t want to hear from you he wouldn’t invite you to pray. God wants to hear from you because he loves you. He cares about every detail of your life. There is nothing too big or too small for his attention.”

Rick Warren

Scripture

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is runaway and withers; such branches are picked up thrown in the fire and burn. If you remain in me and my words remain in you ask whatever you wish, and will be done for you. “

John 15:5-7 NIV

Day 2

40 Days to Seek Him

Psalm 105:4

“Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!”

Devotion

We have set aside 40 days to seek the Lord. Jesus sought the Lord for 40 days. So did Moses.

What does it mean to seek the Lord? Seeking is a conscious choice. It is intentional. You focus on the Lord. You put your mind’s attention on the Lord, and you put your heart’s affection on the Lord. Your mind and heart are engaged in seeking the Lord.

Psa. 105:4 says, “Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!” In this Scripture, we are called upon to seek the Lord, seek His strength, and seek His face. If you notice, we are not asked to seek His hand but His face. His face represents Him. His hand represents His blessings. When you seek His face, you are seeking His presence, His person, and His ways. You are seeking to know God not just seeking His blessings.

Last summer I went on a 15 day fast to seek the Lord for some personal issues I was facing. On day two of my fast, the Lord spoke to me. He said, “Your health shall spring forth speedily.” This word was taken from Isa. 58:6. The Holy Spirit spoke it to my heart. I was drawn closer to God. My wholehearted seeking enhanced my relationship with God.

Seeking involves the right time and right heart. Isa. 55:6 says, “seek the Lord while He may be found.” Jer. 29:13 says, “seek me with all your heart.” The right time is right now. Today. Not tomorrow. The right heart is all your heart, not half your heart.

You will never find the Lord if you seek Him with half a heart. You will never find the Lord if you seek Him with a lukewarm heart. You will never find the Lord if you’re too distracted or too lethargic.

There is a great promise if you seek the Lord. Heb. 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” What is the reward? It is God Himself. You will find Him. You will know Him. The Lord will become your source, your all, your everything.

What if you don’t have a seeking heart? What if you feel numb in your spirit? What if your inner fire has died out? What then? Jer. 24:7 says, “I will give them a heart to know me.” I believe God is going to give you a seeking heart. The Spirit of God is going to move upon you. Passion is going to arise in your heart. You are going to want to seek the Lord. God is going to give you a heart to know Him.

God hides from you, so you might seek Him. Can you hear God calling to you? David penned these words in Psa. 27:8 “When you said, seek my face, my heart said to you, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Will you answer the call of God? Will you seek Him?

Quote

“Your prayers release the power of God into the most hopeless situation. They can penetrate places where no man or woman can go, whether that’s a closed, international border, or the hardened heart of a skeptic. Prayer makes the impossible possible.”

Rick Warren

Scripture

“I no longer call you servants, because the servant does not know his masters business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit– Fruit that will last. Than the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.“

John 15:15-16 NIV

Day 3

40 Days to Surrender to Him

Luke 22:41-43

“And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.”

Devotion

Will you take these 40 days of prayer to surrender to the Lord? My prayer for you and me is that our lives would be fully surrendered to God.

I remember singing a worship song at Cornerstone many years ago. The words were simple but meaningful.

  • “I surrender all
  • I surrender all
  • All to Jesus I surrender
  • I surrender all.”

As I would sing the song with the congregation, I would surrender myself to the Lord.

What does it mean to surrender to the Lord? It means to give up your life for His life, your plans for His plans, your future for His future, and your dreams for His dreams.

Jesus modeled surrender for us in the Garden of Gethsemane when He prayed, “not my will but thy will be done.” (Luke 22:42) In this passage of Scripture, we can discover some interesting truths about surrender:

1. Our human will can be in direct opposition to God’s will.

2. It is not always easy to surrender our will to God’s will.

3. God will help us to surrender to His will. Phil. 2:13 says, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”

4. God will strengthen us when we surrender to His will. Strength and peace entered the heart of Jesus after He surrendered to His Father. Jesus rose up with an inner strength to go the way of the cross for us.

Do you need a fresh surrender to God? Paul modeled daily surrender when he said in 1 Cor. 15:31, “I die daily.” Do you need a deeper surrender to God? Paul went deeper with his surrender to God when he said in Phil. 3:8, “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.” Do you need a public surrender to God? Peter encouraged new believers to make their saving faith public when he commanded them in Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Let me end this devotional by quoting Job 11:13-19, “Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, and give up your sins— even those you do in secret. Then you won’t be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless. Your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, and your darkest night will be brighter than noon. You will rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry. 19 You will sleep without fear and be greatly respected.” CEV

Quote

Jesus taught us to pray,” our father in heaven.” One of the words in the Bible for “father” is “Abba.” Which simply means “daddy” or “Papa.” Abba is a term of endearment, love, intimacy, and security. Jesus was telling us that when you pray to God, you’re talking to your dad. When you truly know and understand your heavenly father, it will radically change your prayer life. It will enable you to pray with more confidence than ever before.”

Rick Warren

Scripture

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. In the peace of God which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

John 16:23-24 NIV

Day 4

40 Days to Call Upon the Name of the Lord

Genesis 12:7-8

“Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, ‘To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the LORD and called on the name of the LORD.’”

Devotion

Abraham built an altar and called on the name of the Lord. He serves as an example to us. Over the next 40 days, let’s build an altar and call on the Lord.

How do you build an altar as a Christian living in 2020? Let me answer that question for you.

Altars were made of stones that were gathered and arranged in a pile before the Lord. Let’s unpack what this means for us today.

Stones are hard things that have been formed and shaped through the years. We need to take the hard things of our life and gather them. After we gather them, we need to arrange them before the Lord. After we arrange them before God, we need to call on the Lord, worship the Lord, and consecrate ourselves to the Lord.

Can you do that during our 40 days of prayer? I think you can. Will you do that during our 40 days of prayer? Will you build an altar before God and call upon God in prayer? I believe if you do, God will answer you from Heaven.

Here are some great takeaways from the life of Abraham and the building of altars:
1. As Abraham journeyed with God, he built altars. As you walk with God, build your altars.
2. Abraham built his altars in the promised land. Abraham’s promised land was God’s place of promise for him. God has a promised land for you. Your promise land is a place to live, a work to do, a ministry to fulfill, and a people to love.
3. Altars need to be guarded. The enemy loves to destroy the altars you have built before God. Don’t allow the devil to tear down your places of obedience and consecration to God.
4. Altars need to be repaired. Elijah repaired the altar of the Lord and the fire of God fell upon it and consumed the sacrifice (1 Kings 18:30). Do you need to repair your altar? Do you need to repent, turn back to God, and renew your commitment to Him?

Let’s call on the name of the Lord. The Bible gives a wonderful promise in Rom. 10:13. It says, “For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

Quote

The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods but through men. He does not come on machinery but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men… men of prayer.

Anonymous

Scripture

“I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you’ll receive, and your joy will be complete.”

John 16:23-24 NIV

Day 5

40 Days to Call Upon the Name of the Lord

Psalm 27:14

“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”

Devotion

It seems like the Christian life is a life of waiting on God. When God gives us a promise, it becomes an opportunity to wait for its fulfillment.

I was reading a prayer article by Pastor Joe McKeever, and he said waiting on God is three things:

1. Waiting on God is a promise.
• Isa. 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be
weary, They shall walk and not faint.”
2. Waiting on God is a command.
• Psa. 27:14 “Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall
strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”
3. Waiting on God is a testimony.
• Psa. 40:1-3 “I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my
steps. 3He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many
will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.”

What does it mean to wait on God in prayer? Waiting on God means to endure patiently in confident hope that God will decisively act. Those who wait in faith are renewed with strength so that they can continue to serve the Lord while looking for his answer. Waiting does not mean sitting back helplessly. It means to gather strength. When you wait on God, you are being faithful to God. When you wait in faith, you remain in your place while God is at work behind the scenes. Waiting has the idea of keeping calm in the storm while carrying on the work of the Lord.

How long do we have to wait on God?
1. Abraham waited 25 years for the promise of a son to be fulfilled.
2. Daniel waited 21 days for an answer to be given by God.
3. Saul waited 3 days for God to send Ananias to pray for him to receive his sight.
4. Jesus waited 40 days in the wilderness for victory over Satan.
5. The Jews waited 70 years for God to release them from Babylonian captivity.
6. We have been waiting as a church for over 2000 years for Jesus to come again.

There is no set time to our waiting. We wait until God answers. It is through faith and patience that we inherit His promises (Heb. 6:12).

Here are 4 prayers we can pray as we wait on the Lord:
1. Lord, strengthen me to wait patiently for you.
2. Lord, open my eyes to see you at work today.
3. Dear God, keep me from foolish shortcuts as I wait.
4. Heavenly Father, help me to desire your will for my life.

Waiting on God is not easy, but it is rewarding. God will work in us while we wait upon Him. Let’s remember the words of James. James 1:4 “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

Quote

“Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more like God, or else we will quit praying”

E.M. Bounds

Scripture

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 37:4 NIV

Day 6

The Master's Request

Genesis 24:1-5

In Gen.24:4 we read, “… go to my country and to my family , and take a wife for my son Isaac.” Abraham is giving this request to his oldest servant. This was not a casual request but this request weighed heavy on his heart. The future of God’s divine plan was about to be passed off to Abraham’s son, Isaac. Often when we pray we come to the Father with our desires and requests. I want to challenge your prayer life over these 40 days of prayer. Are you ready? I want to lay in your hands a prayer perspective. Ask the Father what He wants and what is on His heart and mind. What is His request? Imagine how much your life would change by this simple prayer!

Devotion

II Ch. 16:9 “ For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…”. A loyal heart means to be complete, whole, undivided but it also means friendly. Abraham was called a “friend of God” in the scriptures. He had a heart that was whole, undivided, loyal to God and he was God’s friend. As a friend of God your relationship with Him goes beyond what you want and need. There is a progression and a devotion to the Father that is mature and courageous enough to ask, “Father what do You want? What is on Your heart? What is Your will? What is Your request? What weighs heavy on Your heart?”

Let me invite you on a journey of 40 days of prayer that will come with a challenge and require courage. Prayer is a powerful thing because it aligns us with Heaven and impacts our life and the lives of those around us. Are you willing? Are you ready to pray a prayer that will adjust, transform and transition your relationship with the Holy Spirit in prayer?

Pray: Father what is on Your heart? What is Your request? I choose to pray this courageous prayer and I open myself to the Holy Spirit. I choose to pray, “ Align me with Your purposes and plans.

Quote

“Oh! men and brethren, what would this heart feel if I could but believe that there were some among you who would go home and pray for a revival men whose faith is large enough, and their love fiery enough to lead them from this moment to exercise unceasing intercessions that God would appear among us and do wondrous things here, as in the times of former generations.”

Charles Spurgeon

Day 7

The Master's Request and His Servant

John 14:12 NIV

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.”

Devotion

Gen.24:2 “So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had…”. The servant was his oldest servant. He had been with Abraham the longest. The Holy Spirit has always been with the Father and always will be. They are one. The Holy Spirit wants what the Father wants. The Father searches the earth for people who will be loyal to Him but He never has to question the Holy Spirit’s loyalty. John 16:13-14 tells us the Holy Spirit will say and do the Father’s will and the Holy Spirit wants Jesus to be glorified. Therefore the Father and the Holy Spirit move in unison and things begin to happen. Abraham asked the servant to promise him that he would fulfill his request. He asked the servant to make an oath. Do you see the powerful relationship of the Holy Spirit in regards to the Father’s will, desire and request? The Holy Spirit is committed and can be trusted. He will not be detoured away from the Father’s will. If we are willing to align ourselves with the Father’s heart and will then we are partnering with the greatest prayer warrior and intercessor (Romans 8:26-27) the Holy Spirit! I believe prayer opens to us a window of knowing the Holy Spirit unlike any other. The Holy Spirit draws us to prayer. When we respond to that draw then there will be a response from the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. What are you waiting for?

You are not alone when you pray! There is someone Who has been sent to assist in prayer on behalf of the Father’s will for your life. He is committed to the Father’s heart, desires and will on behalf of your situation. Even if you are growing discouraged in your prayer request you need to know the Holy Spirit has made up His mind and there is no turning back from aligning the Father’s heart, desire and will in your situation. You may grow weary and grow discouraged but the Holy Spirit will not! Therefore I give you this challenge. Will you align yourself with the Father and the Holy Spirit as you seek Him during these 40 days?

Pray: Holy Spirit You are my Helper and You are on assignment for the Father. So Holy Spirit come! Holy Spirit move! Holy Spirit glorify the Father! Holy Spirit begin to work in me!

Quote

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”

Max Lucado

Day 8

The Servant's Concern

John 14:13-14 NIV

“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Devotion

Gen. 24:5 “ Perhaps the woman will not be willing… “ Even before he left the servant expressed concern that the woman would need to be willing to return with him. Did you know the Holy Spirt is concerned about our willingness to be a part of the Father’s will? Did you know that is a great concern for Him? Therefore, one of the desires of the Holy Spirit and one of His assignments is to make us willing to be a part of the Father’s purposes. Please understand that prayer is a powerful and transforming influence in our situations but also in us. One of the many things the Holy Spirit is concerned about is your will and my will. He wants to fulfill the Father’s desires and plans on this earth but He must work in human hearts. He is committed; He will move and work in us as we pray so get ready! Perhaps this is why some shy away from prayer? It is one thing to get what we ask but another thing to know our will must change in order to receive the answer to our prayer.

Prayer is a transforming dynamic in a believer’s life because as we pray we will experience an alignment and an adjustment in our plans and desires. Phil.2:13 tells us “He makes us to will and to do of His good pleasure”. If we refuse to respond to the alignment of the Holy Spirit then we will miss our opportunity to be a part of the Master’s plan. Sadly our story will end with the words of Abraham to his servant, “ You will be released from this oath.” How sad to think that the Master had things for our lives but we were not willing to be willing. Secondly, if we refuse to let the Holy Spirit work on our will in prayer then our relationship with the Holy Spirit in prayer will be stunted. It will remain in an “me, my and what is in it for me” journey. Perhaps this explains the lack of fulfillment in Believers lives in their prayer life.

The servant begins his journey in Gen.24:10-14 and as he goes his way he is praying. We see a divine orchestration of place, timing and the person. The servant is praying and observing. I have learned that when we align ourselves with the Master’s heart, desire and will we become observant and watchful. Always assessing where I am, do I have a divine peace or a correction from the Holy Spirit. When we become concerned for the Father’s will we want to be where the Father wants us to be and we want to be in the right place at the right time. Our time belongs to the Master. We want to connect with the right person or people. The servant did not want to waste his time being at the wrong well talking to the wrong person. This is something I have discovered about prayer. It makes me watchful and discerning of my time, decisions and relationships. The servant did not want to connect with just any woman at this well. She must be the one who has been prepared for a divine connection for the Master’s plan.

Pray: Holy Spirit make me willing and make me watchful and discerning. Father I want to be in the center of your will with my time, decisions and relationships. I have one life to live and I do not want to waste it.

Quote

 “There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.”

Beth Moore

Day 9

Intercession and Connection

Genesis 24:12-14 NIV

“Then he said, “O LORD God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink’— let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.”

Devotion

The servant’s intercession is a picture of the Holy Spirit’s intercession for the Father’s will in our lives. He is committed to the Father’s will. He is longing for the Father’s will to be fulfilled in our lives. We see that the servant is praying for a connection in the heart of someone. When we seek God and open our desires, will and life to Him we make ourselves available to His master plan. We make ourselves available to the deep dealings of the Holy Spirit Who is committed to the will of the Father. These divine connections can only happen by the orchestration of the Holy Spirit. It is only God Who can bring together a servant who is praying for something so specific and this woman whose heart has been profoundly prepared. What a display of the Master’s master plan!

I believe the Holy Spirit prays for divine connection in your heart, desires and will. I believe He intercedes ( Rom. 8:26-27 ) and longs for the Father’s will and plans to find a connection in your heart, desires and life. As you seek God over these 40 days open your heart to the Holy Spirit in prayer. Talk to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to make you willing to do the Father’s will. Tell Him you want to be a part of the Master’s plan.

Abraham gave the servant a promise. “If the woman is not willing to go with you then you shall be released.”  The Lord will not force us to be a part of His will and plans. If He sees a heart that refuses then He will release the deeper dealings of His Spirit and look for someone who will be willing. What a sad conclusion. However, if we are willing in prayer it is here in the secret place of prayer that transformation and divine destiny connect. Prayer is powerful! Things happen in us when we pray!

Pray: Holy Spirit deal with me in the secret places of my heart, desires and will. I open my heart to you in prayer and I welcome the Father’s will into my life. Take me, transform me and connect me to the Master’s plan. Do not pass me by.

“The reality is, my prayers don’t change God. But, I am convinced prayer changes me. Praying boldly boots me out of that stale place of religious habit into authentic connection with God Himself.”

Lysa TerKeurst

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

Romans 8:38-39 NIV

Day 10

Intercession and Connection

2 Timothy 2:13 TLB

“Even when we are to weak to have any faith left, [God} remains faithful to us and will help us, for He cannot disown us who are part of Himself, and He will always carry out His promises to us.”

Devotion

The partnership of the Holy Spirit as we pray is a transforming reality. We know that as we pray God searches our hearts and the Holy Spirit is in the middle of our prayers working to align us with God’s plans. Romans 8:27 “God, the searcher of the heart, knows fully our longings, yet he also understands the desires of the Spirit, because the Holy Spirit passionately pleads before God for us, his holy ones, in perfect harmony with God’s plan and our destiny.” There are deep searchings of our heart as we pray. In this secret place of prayer the Holy Spirit sorts out our longings and desires. I think at times Rebekah cried in her heart, “ There must be more for my life.” I believe God was working in her to desire something beyond what she had ever seen or experienced. Transformation happens in us as we allow the Holy Spirit to search us.

As the servant prayed he stepped into a moment of transformation in Rebekah’s heart. It was as if God prepared a divine intersection. Abraham’s request, the servant’s prayers and Rebekah’s transforming desires intersected. I believe Rebekah had been experiencing Roman 8:27. I believe she was being prepared and transformed by God. In Gen. 24:18-67 she transforms from a woman who gave the servant a drink to a woman who was willing to marry his master’s son. Where did this boldness come from? How is this possible?! It is possible because prayer will change us! Even when her family tried to detain her she declared in Gen.24:58 “I am willing”. The transforming work of the Spirit in prayer is a formidable and a defining influence. It makes us steadfast, unwavering and committed to God’s will. Transformation is not a concept but a reality. Transformation works within you. God works from the inside out. Do not underestimate the influence of prayer in your life. The Holy Spirit will change you in ways you may think are possible. 

Transformation will transition you. It will take you to places God has planned. To places that the eye has not seen, the ear has not heard and neither has it entered the heart (I Cor.2:9). Her transformation transitioned her to a married woman which transitioned her to a wife who carried nations in her womb (Gen.25:23). I am sure she never dreamed this was possible! Don’t you just love what God can do? I love the fact that we cannot limit God! Every Believer can draw as close to God as they want. If Abraham could be a “friend of God” then why not you? If Rebekah could step into the divine orchestration of the Spirit of God and His plan then so can you! Prayer positions us!

Pray: Father I position myself in prayer today. Holy Spirit begin to work in me. Transform my desires to align with Your desires. Make me steadfast, unwavering and committed to You and Your Kingdom purpose. Transition me to be in the center of Your will.

“The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.'”

Billy Graham