He writes that he asks some hard questions because if we don’t ask them and answer them, the power of transformation is certainly inhibited. Here are 13 check points for personal evaluation that need to be answered as we seek the Lord together these 40 days.
1. In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thess. 5:18 NKJV) Do we worry about anything?
2. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Eph. 3:20 NKJV) Do we shy away from attempting to do things in the name of our heavenly Father because we fear we are not talented enough?
3. You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8 NKJV) Have we been hesitant to thank God for the miracles He has performed in our lives?
4. I say . . . to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think. (Rom. 12:3 NKJV) Are we overly proud of our accomplishments, our talents, our families?
5. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. (Eph. 4:31 NKJV) Do we complain, find fault, argue? Do we nurse and delight in a critical spirit?
6. Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Cor. 6:19 NKJV) Are we careless with our bodies?
7. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth. (Eph. 4:29 NKJV) Do we use language that fails to edify others, tell off-color jokes or stories that demean another person’s race, habits, or culture?
8. Do not . . . give place to the devil. (Eph. 4:26–27 NKJV) Do we close our eyes to the possibility that we may be a landing strip for Satan when we open our minds to him through ungodly practices?
9. Not slothful in business. (Rom. 12:11 KJV) Are we chronically late in paying our debts, or mishandling our finances?
10. Beloved, . . . abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. (1 Pet. 2:11 NKJV) Are we guilty of a lustful eye toward the opposite sex?
11. Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. (Col. 3:13 NKJV) Have we failed to forgive those who may have said or done something to hurt us?
12. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. (Matt. 23:28 NKJV) Do we know in our hearts that we are often not what people see?
13. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Phil. 4:8 NKJV) Do we enjoy listening to conversation that hurts others? Do we pass it on? Do we believe rumors or partial truths, especially about an enemy or a competitor?
Floyd, Ronnie W. (2009-12-15). The Power of Prayer and Fasting (p. 58). B&H Publishing Group.