Gather Prayer: 40 Words for 40 Days

Written by Julianne August

Words have tremendous power.

Words stir up emotion, imagination and memories. They engage our senses. Whether a word is spoken aloud or we see it written on a page, our mind connects and thoughts begin to form, at times prayers begin to shape. It’s true; one word can become the catalyst for thousands of prayers.

Over the next 40 days we have chosen 40 unique words that will guide us as we prayerfully prepare for Gather Rise on Saturday, October 1. 

Each day we will feature one word we trust will inspire women to pause, to ponder and to pray. Our desire is for women to ask God how he might use that word as they seek Him in prayer.

Why? We believe prayer is a vital foundation to the Gather movement and is an opportunity to seek God for our country, our communities, and ourselves.

When? We are inviting you to join us on a 40-day journey of prayer beginning Tuesday, August 23 as we prepare our hearts to gather with other Canadian women of faith at Gather Rise.

Where?  Anywhere! Pray in your home, in your car, around the table, or on a walk.

In a world that competes for our attention, we are choosing to focus on just one word every day for 40 days. This unique word may reflect the character of God, shape your identity, strengthen your faith, convict or inspire.  We trust the Spirit of God will use these next 40 days of prayer to connect you with Christ in a way that will transform you and prepare you for His unique calling on your life.

Together across our nation we envision a symphony of voices united in prayer rising to the throne room of heaven!

Will you join us as we gather for 40 days of prayer? 

Connect on our Gather Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter feeds to see daily updates. Use the hashtag #40words40days.

If you want to dig deeper and be prompted in more specific ways to pray check out the Gather Prayer Room on our website. It will be updated daily, providing a few extra thoughts about our one word and how you can be praying. 

Let us pray.

Julianne August, Prayer Catalyst 

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Julianne is giving leadership to the Gather Prayer Movement and is passionate about equipping and investing in others. Her heart is to inspire women to thrive in their God given gifts and calling. Julianne is the Director of Community Life at Compass Community Church in Orangeville, Ontario where she is part of the leadership team. She is a certified Life Coach, Instructor at Women’s Ministries Institute and also uses her gifts on both the National and Regional board of directors for the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada. Julianne is married to Paul and they have two young adult boys. She is a lover of all things pink!

Julianne is giving leadership to the Gather Prayer Movement and is passionate about equipping and investing in others. Her heart is to inspire women to thrive in their God given gifts and calling. Julianne is the Director of Community Life at Compass Community Church in Orangeville, Ontario where she is part of the leadership team. She is a certified Life Coach, Instructor at Women’s Ministries Institute and also uses her gifts on both the National and Regional board of directors for the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada. Julianne is married to Paul and they have two young adult boys. She is a lover of all things pink!