40 Weeks of Prayer

"In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." 

- Philippians 4:6

Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church (LCPC) is praying as a congregation to seek God's will and wisdom in the search for a new senior pastor. We encourage you to use the 40 Weeks of Prayer guide below. New prayer prompts will be posted weekly or you can download the full prayer guide

Learn more about the Pastor Search Process, and meet the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).


Every Tuesday from 7 pm - 8 pm, all are welcome to a time of prayer in the Amos Room of the church. This gathering is a time of intentional prayer for our church leaders, pastors, staff, and congregation as we move forward in this time of transition. For more information about the prayer gathering, please contact Peggy Simpson

  • Week 40 | Oct 20-26

    Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, NIV) 

    • Pray for Liberty Corner Church to be a Great Commission church that makes disciples. 
    • Pray that our future pastor will be a Great Commission leader.
  • Week 39 | OCt 13-19

    Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

    In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

    Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

    Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:1-11, NIV)

    • Pray that Christ's attitude of humility and servanthood permeates the Pastor Nominating Committee and Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church during the search process. 
  • Week 38 | Oct 6-12

    Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9, NIV)

    • Pray that the Pastor Nominating Committee will not grow weary. 
    • Pray that we are able to see God's hand at work bringing our church and the future pastor together. 
  • Week 37 | Sept 29-oct 5

     And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:24-26, NIV)

    • Pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee to discern whether potential pastoral candidates possess the biblical qualities of a servant of the Lord. 
  • Week 36 | Sept 22-28

     Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

    He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. (Colossians 1:24-29, NIV)

    • Pray that when the time comes to extend a call to our next pastor, God will make it unmistakably clear to our future pastor and to Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church. 
  • Week 35 | Sept 15-21

    Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,  neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:6-9, NIV)

    • Pray that when discouraged, the Pastor Nominating Committee and Liberty Corner Church will seek the Lord diligently and have confidence that God is at work in the search process. 
  • Week 34 | Sept 8-14

    Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV)

    • Pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee to make wise use of their time during their meetings. 
    • Pray for the Lord to reveal his will to our future pastor. 
  • WEek 33 | Sept 1-7

    Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (1 Peter 5:8-9, NIV)

    • Pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee that they would remain humble before God, not be anxious, and trust in God's leading.
    • Pray that Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church would stand firm against evil. 
  • Week 32 | AUG 25-31

     In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5: 5-7, NIV)

    • Pray for mutual respect and humility between our church and our future pastor. 
    • Pray for our church to follow the leadership of our future pastor. 
  • Week 31 | Aug 18-24

    To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. (1 Peter 5:1-4, NIV)

    • Pray that our future pastor shepherds Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church in a biblical and Christ-exalting manner. 
    • Pray for our future pastor's walk with Christ. 
  • Week 30 | Aug 11-17

    Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:19-25, NIV)

    • Pray for our church to be committed to biblical worship. 
    • Pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee to be confident that they are following God's will as they make decisions.
  • WEek 29 | Aug 4-10

    “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

    Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Revelation 3:14-23, NIV)

    • Pray for our church to repent of and fight against lukewarm spirituality and be filled with a zeal for Jesus and his Kingdom work.
  • Week 28 | July 28- Aug 3

    For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Ephesians 1:15-23, NIV)

    • Pray for our future pastor to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of Christ. 
    • Pray for our church to look to Christ as the Head of the body. 
  • Week 27 | July 21-27

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:12-17, NIV)

    • Pray for our church to grow in love toward one another. 
    • Pray for reconciliation of any unresolved conflict.
  • Week 26 | July 14-20

    Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. (1 Timothy 3:1-7, NIV)

    • Pray for our future pastor to have Christ-like character. 
    • Pray for our future pastor's family as they transition to Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church. 
  • Week 25 | July 7-13

    ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:3, NIV)

    • Pray that a burden for deep and urgent prayer permeates Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church as we seek God's will for a pastor and God's vision for our church. 
  • Week 24 | June 30-July 6

    Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15, NIV)

    • Pray for our future pastor to rightly interpret the Word of God.
    • Pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee as they listen to sermons of potential candidates. 
  • Week 23 | June 23-29

    My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one —  I in them and you in me — so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:20-23, NIV)

    • Pray for our church to be unified so that the world will be impacted with the gospel and God be glorified. 
    • Pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee to be unified in their decision. 
  • Week 22 | June 16-22

    What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud, but shows favor to the humble.” 

    Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? (James 4:1-12, NIV)

    • Pray for church members to humble themselves before the Lord and seek his cleansing power. 
    • Pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee to submit to God's will.
  • Week 21 | June 9-15

    ...Turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:2-6, NIV)

    • Pray for our future pastor to seek God's wisdom in all areas of life and decision making. 
    • Pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee to be attentive to the Lord's wisdom. 
  • Week 20 | June 2-8

    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9, NIV)

    • Pray that each member of the Pastor Nominating Committee has an overwhelming sense of God's presence and guidance through the search process. 
  • Week 19 | May 26-June 1

    Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. (Hebrews 13:17, NIV)

    • Pray for our future pastor to faithfully shepherd LCPC. 
    • Pray for the church to willingly and joyfully accept our pastor's servant leadership. 
  • Week 18 | May 19-25

    In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5, NIV)

    • Pray for our future pastor to faithfully preach the Word of God.
    • Pray that God gives LCPC a hunger for hearing the Word through peaching. 
  • Week 17 | May 12-18

    Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (Psalm 51:10-12, NIV)

    • Pray that each member of the Pastor Nominating Committee stay close to the Lord through hearts cleansed by him.
    • Pray that our future pastor keeps a cleansed heart. 
  • Week 16 | May 5-11

    Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV)

    • Pray that the power of Christ would be known in and through LCPC. 
    • Pray that all glory would be given to God throughout the search process.
  • Week 15 | April 28-May 4

     “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35, NIV)

    • Pray that the Pastor Nominating Committee and LCPC be obedient to Christ's command to love one another. 
    • Pray that this love be recognized by the world.
  • Week 14 | April 21-27

    To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

    Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes.They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. (Revelation 3:1-6, NIV)

    • Pray that LCPC be filled with life through the Holy Spirit and be strengthened to carry out the vision God has for this church. 
  • Week 13 | April 14-20

    Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:41-42, NIV)

    • Pray that LCPC reflects elements of a healthy church:  worship, discipleship, ministry, fellowship, evangelism and prayer. 
  • Week 12 | April 7-13

    For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (Colossians 1:9-12, NIV)

    • Pray that our future pastor is certain of God's will to transition to a new ministry. 
    • Pray that God will be glorified in the search process. 

  • Week 11 | March 31-April 6

    If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do. (James 1:5-8)

    • Pray that the Pastor Nominating Committee seeks God’s wisdom as they review resumes and meet candidates. 
    • Pray for church leaders to seek God’s wisdom.
  • Week 10 | March 24-30

    You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:1-2)

    • Pray that our future pastor will be strengthened by God's grace.
    • Pray that our future pastor will be a disciple-maker.

  • Week 9 | March 17-23

    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:10-11)

    • Pray that the search process is primarily spiritual. 
    • Pray for God's protection of the Pastor Nominating Committee and Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church. 
  • WEEK 8 | MARCH 10-16

    Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

    • Pray that the Pastor Nominating Committee will have pure hearts. 
    • Pray that our future pastor maintains a pure life before God. 
  • WEek 7 | MarCh  3-9

    "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13, NIV)

    • Pray for LCPC and the Pastor Nominating Committee to hope in God and seek him, knowing that God is in control of LCPC's future.
  • Week 6 | Feb 24-Mar 2

    You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.  This is my command: Love each other. (John 15:16-17, NIV)

    • Pray for a season of fruitful ministry.
    • Pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee to be blessed with answered prayer.
  • WEEK 5 | Feb 17-23

    “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you." (John 15:9-15, NIV)

    • Pray that we love one another and abide in Christ's love. 
    • Pray for God to bond LCPC and our future pastor in love.
  • Week 4 | Feb 10-16

    “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:9-15, NIV)

    • Pray that we continually abide in Christ and produce fruit to glorify God.
    • Pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee to remain close to Christ.

  • Week 3 | Feb 3-9

    As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:1-6, NIV)

    • Pray for unity and peace.
    • Pray that the PNC will be of one accord as they review possible candidates. 
  • WEEK 2 | JAN 27- Feb 2

    To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:1-7, NIV)

    • Pray for LCPC to return to her first love, Jesus Christ.
    • Pray for the Holy Spirit's guidance throughout the pastor search process.

  • WEEK 1 | Jan 20-26

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)

    • Pray for Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church (LCPC) to wholeheartedly trust the Lord while searching for a senior pastor. 
    • Pray for the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) to trust in the Holy Spirit's leading.