SQuire Rushnell and Louise DuArt have practiced daily prayer together for sixteen years. Now they offer readers step-by-step advice on why and how to pray with another person. The 40 Day Prayer Challenge answers the question they hear from readers daily: How do you pray with someone else?
The authors also explain how Partnered Prayer—which sounds like a new idea, but comes from ancient biblical promises—restores relationships and revitalizes families.
Supported by the testimony of dozens of praying partners who themselves became empowered by taking The Challenge, the authors explain how a couple, a mother and son, or two close friends can pray together for five minutes a day for forty days and experience phenomenal outcomes.
SQuire and Louise show how churches, small groups, and individual partners can participate in a groundbreaking national initiative called historic—a first-ever empirical study by Baylor University—while personally measuring their own Partnered Prayer progress.
Rushnell and DuArt (Couples Who Pray) believe partnered prayer can increase happiness, respect, and marital stability in forty days if practitioners follow three crucial steps: speak, believe, and expect. Making use of his uplifting When God Winks stories, Rushnell asks readers to delve deep into an interaction with God alongside another person or within a group. " requires the discipline to commit valuable time to speaking with the Lord, directly and earnestly about concerns and then believing He is really hearing you." Through examples of healing and by answering questions from those who are committed to their brand of religious intervention, Rushnell and DuArt present many examples of how partnered prayer can kick-start a sputtering spirituality. They suggest that the reader not only engage in partnered prayer but also to log their daily meditations with a project at Baylor University that has been set up to follow and track entrants' emotional and spiritual well-being over the forty days. Following the eight main chapters of the book are suggested sessions for discussion. Although the book does not break any new ground on prayer, it will serve as a valuable guide for those willing to dedicate five minutes a day for six weeks and deepen their connection to God alongside a fellow seeker.