Why 40 Days?


Throughout the Bible the number 40 seems to have a special spiritual significance. When the flood came in Noah’s day, it rained 40 days and nights.  Israel wandered in the desert and ate heaven-sent manna for 40 years. Moses fasted and prayed in Jehovah’s presence for 40 days and nights. Israel’s spies explored the Promised Land for 40 days. Jonah gave the city of Nineveh 40 days to repent or be destroyed. Most importantly, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness fasting, praying, and combating Satan.

For the 3rd year, we as a community of believers in El Dorado and Union County are uniting to follow the example of Jesus by spending 40 days together in concentrated, coordinated prayer. Join the prayer movement by using each day’s scripture, observation and prayer as a guide while you pray to God for at least five minutes a day over the next 40 days.  These daily guides have been prepared by over 20 local ministry leaders.

For an even greater focus and impact, ministers are suggesting a day of fasting on the 1st, 20th, and 40th days of the campaign. Those who choose to participate in the fast are in good company when we look at scripture: Moses (Ex. 34:27-28), The Israelites (Judges 20:26), David (II Sam. 12:15-16), Ahab (I Kings 21:27, 29), Ezra (Ezra 8:21-23, 31-32), Nehemiah (Nehemiah 1:4-11), Daniel (Daniel 9:3-4), Joel (Joel 1:14; 2:12,15), The City of Nineveh (Jonah 3:4-9), Zechariah (Zechariah 8:19), Jesus (Matthew 4:1-2), Cornelius (Acts 10:30-32), and Paul and Barnabus (Acts 13:1-3).

One final note: Please plan to attend the Community Prayer Walk scheduled for Wednesday, November 8, 2017.  We’ll meet at 6:30 PM at the El Dorado Police Department.  We’ll pray together at the Police Department, then at City Hall, the El Dorado School District Central Office, and finally the Union County Court House.

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