21 Days of Prayer and Fasting
To help you during the fast, our Pastoral Staff Team has created Daily Personal Devotions for you to read, pray and reflect on each day. Check back here each day to follow along. We will also be starting our weekday mornings off with a time of prayer in the Sanctuary from 8:30 to 9:30.
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Don’t forget to check back each day for a new devotional from one of our Pastoral Team.
What’s Your Story?
We would love to hear how the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting has impacted your life.
The goal of our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting is to put God first in our lives. When God is first we position ourselves to grow toward God’s perfect plan for us both personally and corporately.
The Individual Prayer Goals for 2019
To eliminate distractions and put God first; allowing the Word to re-condition you to better understand what is important to Him.
To establish and strengthen a deeper prayer life that will move you to another dimension in your relationship with Him.
To experience the presence and power of God in an extraordinary way, and revive your passion for His will.
The Vertical Church Prayer Goals for 2019
That the individual members would see where they are at in their spiritual development and growth and determine their Next Step with God. That those who are stalled and dissatisfied in their growth would see barriers broken and progress made. That this year they would advance and grow so that they would to be more fruitful for God than in any previous year. That the character of Christ would be developed in them and their love expressed in selfless service for others.
That Vertical Church would strengthen its foundation to support growth in our mission to lead people to take their Next Step with God. That our vision would advance in reaching and maturing more people for Christ than in any previous year. That all the elements of Next Steps rolled out in 2018 would be fruitful for the maturing of God’s people and done with excellence.
That our region here in the North East would advance in the Great Commission seeing more people reached and disciples made than in any previous year. We want to see God’s Kingdom grow and Jesus glorified this coming year as lives are changed and communities transformed.
As you prepare for the next twenty-one 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.
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.