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), or hear the latest communication about the Transition.


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 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.