Friday, December 28
Beginning 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting
During the 2019 edition of our annual tradition of beginning the new year with days of prayer and fasting, we are leading up to our 10th birthday! We’re going to pray together for 21 days this year, beginning very early so that we can be fully prayed up, filled with the Spirit, and ready to shift from fasting to feasting before our birthday on January 20. You’ll hear a different staff member each day guide you through a devotion and prayer in a video just like this. As we begin to study the Book of Acts together this year, these devotions will come from that book of the Bible so you that get a head start on hearing from the Lord through it in your personal time with Him. I encourage you to hit the ground running in the new year, hungry for spiritual revival in your own life. You’re going to need a Bible for this journey, as well as something to write on. Grab a journal or a notebook of some kind and write 2019 prayer and fasting at the top and get ready. You’ll also be praying for all sorts of requests that connect to the life of our church. We want all God has for us.
These videos will show up on our app every day from December 31 to January 20, and you'll also be able to receive them in your inbox.
Before you receive the first of these 21 videos, let me remind you that focused prayer and fasting is intended to be like dynamite in your spiritual life. As we concluded 2018 we were all discussing how frantic all our lives are. The only way to make some space to hear from God is to remove what’s already in that space. The only way for the volume to go up on His voice in your life is to turn down the volume on other voices. The best way to do that is to set a commitment to meet with Him every day. You can do that as you watch these videos and apply what is said. To turn up the volume even more, I suggest fasting. You can remove a certain activity from your life for 21 days, or I even suggest removing food of some kind, whether entirely or simply by some sort of what’s known as a Daniel Fast. You can do that for the whole 21 days or just a part. You can find all kinds of information about fasting online. If you’re intimidated by that, don’t be. Simply take a next step of some kind and challenge yourself to grow in this area. You don’t have to do it perfectly. He sees your desire and will reward your obedience.
Between now and December 31, begin to ask the Lord what He wants to do in you during these 21 days. What request could you ask of Him every day? What one sentence prayer could you pray every time you realize your hungry or before you reach for your phone? Begin to ask Him what that is now. I believe His voice is going to get louder and louder as we ramp up to celebrating His faithfulness in our church for the last 10 years. I hope you’ll join us on this journey.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.