January 10 – January 30
21 Days of
Prayer Goals for 2021
It is a year we are believing God to bring Spiritual Transformation to our City, but that transformation must begin with ourselves individually and our church corporately so that God can use us to be a catalyst for change in our City. Therefore, the three areas of focus for our time of 21 days of prayer and fasting for 2021 are:
- Individually – that the people of Vertical Church will see a year of growth through spiritual transformation and become more like Christ. Rom 8:29-30, Rom 12:2, 2 Cor 3:18
- Corporately – that the people of Vertical Church experience a year where the Church Body bonds become stronger and stronger relationally and spiritually. As the corporate Body forms, we will become more mature and experience more of the fullness of Christ in unity and spiritual effectiveness. That the community of followers at Vertical would not lack in any spiritual gifts but be fully supplied to advance our mission. Eph 4:11-16, 1 Cor 1:7, 1 Cor 12
- Transformation for the City of West Haven politically, economically, socially, and spiritually – that the City would experience breakthrough and changes that impact the lives of the people of West Haven. That the City would come out from under state control and oversight so that the elected officials can manage and run West Haven affairs without bureaucratic control. That there would be an economic revival in the City. That the social fabric of the City would be robust, causing healthy relationships in families and among citizens to foster a strong community spirit. That barriers to the gospel would come down to see many turned from darkness to light and come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. And that God would open a great and effectual door for the work of the gospel and spiritual transformation. 1 Cor 16:9, Eph 6:19-20, Rev 3:7, Jer 29:7
As you prepare for the next 21 days, it can be tempting to start thinking of a laundry list of prayers you’d love to see answered. But we really want to encourage you to keep this simple. Stay focused on the prayer goals and zone in on those with God.
When praying, make your primary goal to know Jesus more and experience Him. Pray prayers of total surrender, and aim to glorify God with your life. Focus first on what’s right about Him, such as his goodness and His greatness, and see everything else through that filter.
And most simply, make time to pray daily. Don’t over-complicate this! Just talk to God. Have that place and time where you can seek Him every day. If you don’t plan to pray, you won’t. If you find it a challenge to disconnect from the busyness of your day, engaging in worship music is a great way to prepare your heart for prayer.
During this season of 21 Days of Prayer, we encourage fasting as a spiritual next step that can bring clarity and revelation into your life. You can also choose to fast at other times of the year as you seek God.
Do not let what you eat or do not eat become the focus of your fast. Keep the main thing the main thing, which is drawing closer to God. Remember, this is a time to disconnect enough from your regular patterns and habits in order to connect more closely to God.
To help you during the fast, our Pastoral Staff Team has selected scriptures and written devotionals for you to read, pray, and reflect on each day. They will also be sharing their devotions live each weekday morning at 8:30am on Facebook Live.
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Night of Worship
We conclude our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting with a Night of Worship on Friday, January 29 at 7pm in the Sanctuary.
Seating is limited. Reserve your spot on Monday, January 25 at 8pm.