And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty there. And he said, I will not do it for forty's sake.
-- Gen. 18:29 (KJV)
Notice the tenacity of Abraham. He has not stopped negotiating with the Lord in regards to the city of Sodom. So far, the number has been dropped from fifty to forty-five to forty. Remain persistent in your intercession.
Numerical Analysis: The numerical pattern for this verse is 9,2,1,8. (9) To overturn evil, continue to speak with the Lord again and again. (2) To follow after God's kingdom, speak to Him. (1) To stay in the anointing, never stop interceding for others. (8) To have a new beginning in God, listen to Him whenever He speaks to you.