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January 10 – January 30

21 Days of
Prayer &
Fasting

Spiritual Transformation

Join Us

In-Person:
Monday – Friday in the Sanctuary
Mornings from 6:30am to 7:30am
Evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Online:
Monday – Friday on Facebook Live
Mornings from 8:30am – 9am

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:

 

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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

Prayer

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.

Fasting

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.

Daily Devotionals

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.

What Are You Pursuing?

What Are You Pursuing?

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Rise Up

Rise Up

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Saul to Paul (Part Three: Obedience)

Saul to Paul (Part Three: Obedience)

We are continuing to look at the conversion of Saul's life, who became the Apostle Paul. Last week we talked about how hunger was the second key to spiritual transformation. Today we will look at the last key, and that is obedience. Here we see both Ananias and Saul...

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Trust Me, It’s Worth It!

Trust Me, It’s Worth It!

Have you ever set out on an adventure and halfway through second-guessed the intelligence of your decision? I once navigated a questionable "rope bridge" hundreds of feet high across the jungle canopy on the Gold Coast of Africa. Our guide insisted we send "the BIG...

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Take A Deep Breath

Take A Deep Breath

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Be Fruitful

Be Fruitful

Have you ever eaten a ripe apple right off the tree? It is so sweet and intense and full of life! It's the best! In the Bible, Jesus compared our spiritual life to that of a fruit tree. Shortly before he was to be arrested, tried, and crucified, He spoke to His...

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The Word Became Flesh

The Word Became Flesh

What a profound way for John to start his message to the world about who Jesus is. Most scholars agree that "The Gospel of John" was written to testify to the divinity of Jesus. And John does so right out of the box! He says in the beginning - "at the dawn of time and...

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Practice Makes Consistent

Practice Makes Consistent

Heart transformation is always the first step to godliness, followed by spiritual practices that allow us to stay in a soft posture before the Father. No one is unintentionally successful in their spiritual life. You don’t accidentally fall into a good relationship...

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Saul to Paul (Part Two: Hunger)

Saul to Paul (Part Two: Hunger)

We are looking at the conversion of the life of Saul, who became the Apostle Paul. Last week we talked about how humility was the first key to spiritual transformation. Today, we will look at the second key, and that is hunger. As the scripture starts, we see a man...

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Pure Spiritual Milk

Pure Spiritual Milk

As a pastor, I have the privilege of ushering people into the most important relationships of their lives. From marriage to navigating our relationship with death, I have the opportunity to position others' understanding and values towards Jesus. Often one of the...

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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.