40 Days of Prayer is a curriculum designed by Saddleback Church in Irvine, CA. Many congregations and thousands of individuals have found these resources helpful in developing a more dynamic and satisfying prayer life. Click on any of the links below and get started today on your own 40 day prayer journey! Also, be sure to notice the PDF Notes, the Talk It Over discussion guide, and the Message Action Plan on the side bar when you click on the links below.
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Once you find some resources that work for you (especially some of the devotional reading plans) you may find it helpful to start a “Life Journal.” Any spiral notepad will do, or you can use a journaling application on your electronic device.
The “SOAP Method” described below is a good way to put into action what you're reading (Faith without action is of little value in our lives, and knowledge without effort produces little progress!)
The S.O.A.P. Method
The S stands for Scripture
Simply write down the chapter and verses that meant the most to you in your reading. If you want to put a bit of extra thought into it, give the passage a title.
The O stands for Observation
What are some of your observations about the text you read? The simpler the better! "Jesus offered mercy when the religious leaders called for judgement" etc.
The A is for Application
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this Scripture can apply to you today.
The P is for Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.