40 Hours of Prayer

Friday April 15th, 4:00pm to Sunday April 17th, 8:00am

Welcome to our 40 Hours of Prayer Virtual Event! Thank you for joining us. The purpose of the event is to cover the 40 hours (which represents the time period between Christ’s crucifixion and His Resurrection) with prayer. Below are several resources for you to utilize during your hour of prayer time. The first is a video guide by Andy which lasts about 20 minutes. The second is a dramatized reading of the Biblical account of the time period between Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, also about 20 minutes. Below the video link are seven thought-provoking prayer topics from the Biblical account. And if you scroll further down there are other lists and ideas of things to pray about. Please feel free to utilize any of these tools. We also welcome you to join our event even if you are not signed up. Our prayer for you is that this will be a time of devotion and drawing near to God, as well as a time of prayer and reflection as our church body lifts up our petitions to our Holy and Mighty God over the course of the weekend. Be blessed church family.

Andy Video Guide
John 20:3-10 Dramatized

Charcoal Fire:
“The servant girl watching the door said to Peter, “Aren’t you also one of this man’s disciples?” “I am not,” he
answered. Because it was cold, the servants and officers were standing around a charcoal fire they had made to keep warm. And Peter was also standing with them, warming himself.” John 18:17-18

The only other mention of a charcoal fire in scripture is in
John 21, where Jesus restores Peter by asking Him if he loves Him three times. We see here the power of what the death and resurrection are. The story does not end with Peter denying Jesus, but with Jesus restoring Peter, the very thing He can do in our lives. This charcoal represents the power of what Jesus can do to those who seek to be
restored from past betrayals.

What mistakes has God restored you from? What betrayals do you still need to be restored from?

Alabaster Anointing Oil:
“A woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this,
they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing for me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she
poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.” Matthew 26:6-12

Here we have an account of a time Jesus spoke openly about His coming death and the value that it holds. In Acts, we read that when some Ephesians became Christians, they burned millions of dollars of magic scrolls. These serve as reminders that it is not about how
much is given, but the heart in which it is given.

What might God be nudging you to give up for the sake of the gospel?

The Sword:
“After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of
life.” Genesis 3:24

“Then Simon Peter drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. “Put your sword back in its sheath!”
Jesus said to Peter. “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?” John 18:10-11

Jesus, in a real way, lowered the sword that blocked the tree of life He then carried the tree to the east of the city and revived it for us all. We see God’s control in all of
this, and His ability to return us to the garden. We also see that God conquered the world not by force,
but by humility—that is, a willingness to die for the sake
of others.

“King of the Jews”
“Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews. Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek.” John 19:19

Behold your king!
unjustly condemned,
abandoned by his friends,
too weak to stand;

Behold your king!
deprived of sleep,
suffocating on a tree,
beaten and spat on;

Behold your king!
who revived the tree of life,
who draws all men to Himself,
who is the lamb who was slain;

Behold your king!

Rooster:
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “this very night before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.”
Mark 14:20

“And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word that the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three
times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.” Luke 22:61-62

“For His anger is fleeting, but His favor lasts a lifetime. Weeping may stay the night, but joy comes in the
morning.” Psalm 30:5

The weight of sin is heavy, and the pain that it brings on us. Tears, especially in the Psalms, are often used as a sign of true repentance, though not always required. What they do show, however, is the gravity that someone takes
towards their sin.

Here let us pray that as we consider our own sin, that we are drawn to the serious nature of what it means—pray that God would make known our sin to us, that He would help us to see the harm in it, and that our hearts would break for what breaks His.

Crown and Purple Robes:
“He had Jesus flogged and handed him over to be crucified. The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company
of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again
and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him
out to crucify him.” Mark 15:15-20

Why do you worship God? The Romans were willing to pretend they were worshiping; will you worship Him as they did or will you worship Him as He really is? In other
words, they worshiped Him just for their own entertainment, but Christians are called to worship Him
for who He is. Pray and search your heart that you would be found worshiping Him in a worthy manner.

Part of the curse was that the world would create thorns and would need to be worked. By taking on a crown of thorns Jesus is taking on the curse that was given to Adam
and Eve in Genesis 3.

Bag of 30 Silver Coins:
“What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So, they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.
From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.” Matthew 26:15-16

“I told them, “If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.” So, they paid me thirty pieces of silver. And
the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the handsome price at which they valued me! So, I took the
thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter at the house of the Lord.” Zechariah 11:12-13

Judas handed Jesus over for what is equivalent to $350 today. Let us pray and ask God if there is something, even
something small, that we are putting as more important than Him. Just because it is something small in our lives
does not mean that we are incapable of putting it before God. Jesus was sold for 30 coins, which Exodus 21 describes as the price of a slave. Like Joseph, Jesus was sold by one of the twelve, but will later echo what Joseph concluded:
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of
many lives.” Gen. 50:20

30 Minute Prayer Guide

As we begin our time of prayer, let us seek to accomplish more than speaking for a short time, but to listen to what God is accomplishing among us. The goal of prayer is not to say words, but to align our heart towards God and to gaze upon Him and have Him look back at us.

Below is a list of things to pray for, but we want to encourage you to pray for other things as they come to mind. Don’ be troubled by distractions, but set them aside and keep relying on God’s help, without which no one can pray as they should.

1. Our Leaders: Staff = Andy, TJ & Kyla, Elders = Jim, Tim, Barry, Kyle & Ron

  • Pray that our leaders would be given God’s guidance (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • Pray that our leaders would live a life worthy of imitation (Hebrews 13:7)

2. Pray for the Sick: That the sick would maintain their faith and learn to respond well to any circumstance (Job 2:3, see also James 5:14)

3. Pray for the Church

  • That we may grow in the knowledge of God and grow into the Church that reflects God’s image by walking in maturity (Col. 1:9-11, 28, 29)
  • That we may make the most of our circumstances (Col 4:5)
  • That we may see the needs of our neighbor as more important than our own (Phil 2:3)
  • That we may walk in newness of life because of the resurrection of God (Romans 6:4)

4. Pray for Missionaries

  • That people would give generously in the midst of financial uncertainty (2 Cor 8:2)
  • That they would rely on Christ (2 Cor 1:9-11)

5. Pray for our Nation

  • That the leaders of our nation and every nation would respond well to current challenges (1 Tim 2:2)

6. Prayers of Thanks to God

  • For His unfailing love and for dying for us (Psalm 107:29-32, Romans 5:8)
  • For being a God of comfort (2 Cor. 1:3, Psalm 34:18)
  • For working all things together for the good of His will (Ephesians 1:11, Romans 8:28)

Abbreviated Prayer List:

  • Forgiveness and cleansing of all past sins
  • Personal growth towards Jesus Christ
  • A yearning to read or listen to the Bible
  • Boldness in telling others about Christ
  • To listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit
  • To find a specific place to serve at Hillside
  • Strength to do what God calls you to do
  • Unity within our church body
  • Elders and Leadership to make wise decisions
  • Unity among Marshfield churches
  • The United States to turn to God
  • All to know the name of Jesus
  • Jesus to return