40-Day Prayer Calendar for Pastor Search

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A 40-Day Prayer Calendar for a Pastoral Search
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
Day’s Reading: Proverbs 3:5-7 Revelation 2:1-7 Ephesians 4:1-6 John 15:1-8 John 15:9-15 John 15:16-17
Prayer for/that: …our congregation to trust the Spirit’s leading; that our leaders, especially, would listen for Him and trust His prompting. …our congregation to return to her first love, Jesus; that our leadership would hear from Him clearly during the search. …our congregation to continue in unity and peace; our leaders would strongly sense among themthe unity that only Jesus can bring. …our congregation and leaders to always abide in Jesus & bear much fruit to God’s glory during this “in-between” time. …the people of our congregation to remain in Jesus’ love for and with each other; that we and our new pastor would be bound together by Him. …this interim season of ministry to continue bearing spiritual fruit glorifying God; that our leaders would see answered prayers in their  lives.
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13
Psalm 139:23-24 Ephesians 6:10-11 2 Timothy 2:1-2 James 1:5-8 Colossians 1:9-12 Ephesians 6:18 Acts 2:41-42
…our leaders’ hearts would be pure while working through this search process; that our future pastor’s heart and life would be pure before God. …we would understand searching for a pastor is primarily spiritual, therefore spiritual attacks will come; for God’s protection while we search. …our future pastor & family to be strengthened by God’s grace; that our future pastor would be a spiritual example worth following. …our leaders to seek and experience God’s wisdom while reviewing resumes and contacting candidates. …our future pastor be convicted it’s God’s will to make a ministry transition; that God would be glorified by ALL – by us, by candidates, by people “left behind.” …we would pray in the Spirit and not just from our own agendas; that we would persevere and be alert to God’s answers to our prayer. …our congregation would reflect the 1st church’s health in discipling, prayer, ministry, worship, fellowship, and witnessing.
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20
Revelation 3:14-22 John 13:34-35 Ephesians 3:20-21 Psalm 51:10-12 2 Timothy 4:1-5 Hebrews 13:17 Joshua 1:9
…we would all fight spiritual apathy, we would continually repent of lukewarm spirituality, and pursue both God and the lost with zeal like Jesus. …our leaders to be obedient to Jesus’ command to love each other; that His love would be seen in us by the lost and watching world. …the power of Jesus to be known in and through this church body and that all the fame, credit, glory would be His through this search process. …each person in leadership would stay close to Jesus, hearts cleaned by Him; that our new pastor also have a clean heart before God. …our new pastor to faithfully share the Word of God and the love of God. …our new pastor to faithfully lead & love the people of this body and of the Church; that we rise up with new leadership & serve alongside. …our leaders to be strengthened by God and sense overwhelmingly His presence and guidance.
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Day 21 Day 22 Day 23 Day 24 Day 25 Day 26 Day 27
Revelation 3:1-6 James 4:1-12 John 17:20-23 2 Timothy 2:15 Jeremiah 33:3 2 Kings 6:14-17 Colossians 3:12-17
…us to hold firmly to the message of Jesus; that our congregation would be full of the life of the Spirit & enabled to pursue God’s vision for us. …we would always humble ourselves before God; that He would bring revival to us as we draw near to Him. …unity in our body so the world will hear the Good News of Jesus through us; that our leaders would remain united in decision-making. …a pastor who rightly handles and teaches the Word, and our search team as they look for such a leader. …us to feel a deep and urgent drive to pray for God’s will to be done in our search and for God’s vision for our church to be realized. …we would see as only God can enable; that our steps would be directed by God; that we would have His protection. …our congregation to grow in love toward each other; that any broken relationships in the church would be reconciled.
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Day 28 Day 29 Day 30 Day 31 Day 32 Day 33 Day 34
Revelation 3:7-13 Romans 12:12 Hebrews 10:19-25 1 Peter 5:1-4 1 Peter 5:5-7 1 Peter 5:8-9 Ephesians 5:15-16
…God to open doors for us and that we would see such open doors; that we would persevere and non-believers would see God’s love on and in us. …we would be confident in the hope God gives, patient when we encounter hurdles in the search, and faithful in prayer as a body. …we remain committed to biblical worship; that our leaders would boldly go to into God’s presence in worship, seeking wisdom. …our future pastor to lead people in God-honoring, biblical ways; that our future pastor’s walk with Jesus would not falter. …deep respect, an attitude of serving and great mutual humility between our congregation and future  pastor. …our congregation would be alert to the activity of the [one & only] enemy and pray for other congregations engaged in pastoral searches. …our leaders’ meetings would be Spirit-directed, time spent effectively & efficiently; that God would reveal His will to our new pastor.
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Day 35 Day 36 Day 37 Day 38 Day 39 Day 40  
1 Timothy 3:1-7 Ephesians 1:15-23 Philippians 2:1-11 Galatians 6:9 Isaiah 55:6-9 Matthew 28:18-20  
…our new pastor would exhibit the character of Jesus in public & private; the new pastor’s family would have God’s favor as they transition here. …our new pastor to grow in the wisdom & knowledge of Jesus; that our church would look to Jesus alone as the Head of His body. …Jesus’ attitude of humility & serving soaks into us all – leaders, people, pastor – both during and after the search. …our leaders would not be weary in their work because we know and see God’s hand in answered prayers and the “harvest” that only He gives. …we would continue seeking God diligently and trust that He alone is bringing together our body and our future pastor. …our congregation always embrace our Great Commission; that our future pastor will be such a leader, doing the Great Commission, an example that we eagerly follow.  

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