21 DAYS OF PRAYER
At the beginning of each calendar year, we join together as a church family to seek God through prayer and fasting. This year’s dates are Sunday, January 8th through Saturday, January 28th.
The expressed purpose of these three weeks is to faithfully seek God’s will for our church, both corporately and individually, to deepen our understanding of all the ways in which He sustains us, and to see Him move in power among our community.
In sum, we intentionally go without things that are temporal in order to be filled with things that are eternal.
If you sense God has more for your life than what you are currently experiencing, we’d encourage you to join us in “seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness”. (Matthew 6:33)
Every Tuesday – Friday during the 21 days, we will hold a corporate prayer gathering from 12pm – 1pm in the auditorium as well as stream the prayer gathering online.
THEME: A FAMILY ON A MISSION
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. – Ephesians 2:19-22 (NIV)
JANUARY 9th, 16th, 23rd
That we would be pro-active in sharing The Gospel with pre-Christians and that our church would see many come to Jesus as a result.
Holy Spirit, I ask that you empower me to share the Good News of the kingdom of God with gentleness, love, and boldness. I ask that you open doors of conversation with friends, family, and co-workers and that you give me the courage to seize the moment. You have not asked us to pray for the lost, you have directed us to pray for more laborers, and as such, I ask for the grace to step into that role as you see fit and share The Gospel with a dying world.
Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV)
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
JANUARY 10th, 17th, 24th
That we would be disciples who make disciples and would not settle for living our lives just a bit better than our neighbors.
Jesus, you have commanded us to make disciples and to do that, we must first BE disciples. I confess that I’m not where I should be/want to be but that I desire to live a life fully devoted to you. Conform me more and more to your image with each passing day and mature me that I might be a vessel for drawing others into deeper relationship with you.
Matthew 28:19-20a (NIV)
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
JANUARY 11th, 18th, 25th
That we would be a church who cares deeply for each other and loves one another with the love Christ showed us. That we would understand the importance of our church family over against a culture that seeks to isolate us and encourages us to seek our own interests/happiness first.
Holy Spirit, just as Jesus prayed for unity among his brothers and sisters, I ask that our New Point Church family would be united and bound together in/through the cross of Jesus, our Lord. I pray that we would love and honor each other without reservation and think of one another more highly than we think of ourselves. Create in our church a safe place for people to land in difficult times as well as a community where we know and are known, without walls, facades, or masks of religiosity.
Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
JANUARY 12th, 19th, 26th
That we would worship in Spirit and in Truth and contend for Heaven to invade Earth.
Jesus, you are worthy of all glory and honor and praise. I ask for a greater revelation of your love that would lead me to greater intimacy with you. Let my life be a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to you and let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Keep me close to your heart even as I worship you and intercede for your saints.
Psalm 150:1-6 (NIV)
Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
JANUARY 13th, 20th, 27th
That we would set an example for young people to follow as we help them understand their value and identity in Jesus.
Holy Spirit, stir up the hearts of the young people at New Point Church and empower them to be warriors for the advancement of your kingdom. Show them who they are in Jesus and protect them from our enemy, who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Lastly, reveal to me if I might have a part to play in being the answer to this prayer.
Jeremiah 1:4-7 (NIV)
The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.”
JANUARY 14th, 21st, 28th
That we would consider the things of the world as garbage in comparison to knowing Jesus, becoming more and more like him, and co-laboring with him to usher in his kingdom.
Father, I don’t want to live in accordance with the patterns of this world or to store up treasures here. I want to give all I am and all I have to see your kingdom come. I want to live in such a way that I store up treasures in heaven and I trust you that it will be worth it, not just for eternity, but in the here and now as well.
Matthew 6:31-33 (NIV)
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
21 DAYS OF FASTING
We have chosen to make it a priority as a church to seek God in prayer collectively from January 7th – 28th. Together, we will come together to faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church, and our world.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
Fasting is a spiritual practice that enables the body of Christ to grow in their relationship with God. The purpose of a fast is to set aside a specific span of time for restricting certain foods or practices as a physical commitment to seek God through deeper personal engagement and fervent prayer. When we combine fasting with prayer and meditation, we can experience a more focused time of closeness with our Lord and seek His wisdom and help.
TYPES OF FASTING
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with optional light juices.
This fast is a great option if you don’t have much experience fasting from food, have health issues that prevent you from fasting food, or if you wish to refocus certain areas of your life that are out of balance. For example, you might choose to stop using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast and then carefully bring that element back into your life in healthy doses at the conclusion of the fast.
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6am to 3pm, or from sunup to sundown.
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, a pseudo vegan fast, during which you remove meat, sweets and bread from your diet, consume water and juice for fluids, and fruits and vegetables for food.
THE DANIEL FAST
The Daniel Fast is a great Selective Fast based on the experiences of the Biblical prophet Daniel. Below is a basic guideline for this fast, but additional details can be found online at: UltimateDanielFast.com
FOODS TO ENJOY
FRUIT – fresh, frozen, canned, juiced, dried
VEGETABLES – fresh, frozen, canned, juiced, dried
WHOLE GRAINS – amaranth barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, whole wheat
NUTS AND SEEDS – whole nuts, nut butters, almond milk
LEGUMES – all beans canned/dried, lentils, split peas
QUALITY OILS/SPICES – vegetable, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame, salt, pepper, tofu, soy products
BEVERAGES – water, juice, unsweetened coconut milk
FOODS TO AVOID
MEAT & ANIMAL PRODUCTS – red meat, fish, poultry, pork
DAIRY – milk/cream, butter, eggs, cheese
SWEETENERS – sugar, honey, agav, stevia, molasses, syrups
LEAVENED BREAD + YEAST – baked goods, Ezekiel bread
REFINED/PROCESSED – white flour, white rice, artificial flavors, additives, preservatives
DEEP FRIED FOODS – chips, fries
SOLID FATS – lard, margarine, shortening
BEVERAGES – alcohol, carbonated drinks, caffeine
*Please consult with your doctor before beginning a dietary fast,
especially if you have any existing medical concerns or conditions.
“So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting”
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