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awakening – 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

The more comfortable you are the more difficult it is to wake up. But, what if the sleep you are experiencing isn’t the type where you lay your head down on your pillow? Instead, you may find yourself in a spiritual slumber where your life has been filled with the things of this world and there is no room for the one who can truly fulfill you. God is asking you, right now, to let go of the things you are holding onto with clenched fists and turn to him with open hands. This is your wake up call, this is your awakening.

This fall season, we will be focused on awakening what God desires in our personal lives as well as a church. Join us through focused times of prayer and fasting, a bible reading plan and other church wide events.

90 Day Bible Reading Plan

Begins September 14

There’s strength in numbers and we’re uniting together to read through the New Testament in 90 days. All you have to do is text ‘AC90’ to 94000 and you’ll receive a link to join the plan right from your phone or mobile device.

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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting - Oct. 5 - 25

October 5-25, 2020

We deeply desire a spiritual Awakening as we continue to move forward as a church body at Adventure Church. God’s Word instructs us to regularly practice the spiritual discipline of fasting.

John Piper explains it this way: “Fasting is a physical exclamation point at the end of our pleas to God. The heart of fasting is longing. We are putting our stomach where our heart is to give added intensity and expressiveness to our ache for Jesus. We fast to express our longing or our ache for all the implications of Jesus’s power in the present moment that isn’t completely realized.”

Join us on October 5th – 25th as we seek the heart of God through corporate prayer and fasting. Text “AC21” to 94000 to get started and receive weekly communication.

“Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.” Joel 1:14 ESV

Download Prayer & Fasting Week 1 (PDF)

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Download Prayer & Fasting Week 3 (PDF)

 

First time fasting? Read this helpful guide for how to start.

Fasting for Beginners – DesiringGod.org

Day One

Scripture: Luke 22 – 24

Our 21 Day Fasting and Prayer journey starts in Luke as we read through the account of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. We start with what our entire salvation depends on; Christ’s payment for our sins and his defeat of spiritual death and the grave. We start with Christ denying his own human desires and laying down his life to ransom ours. He calls us to lay our lives down as well, as we follow Him. He is the ultimate example of sacrifice, humility and surrender to the Fathers will.  

Thanksgiving and Worship:

Begin today by first praising Him for his perfect example and the price he paid for your redemption. Take time to truly meditate and focus on all that Jesus’ sacrifice cost him. Allow that realization to cause your heart to worship Him. 

Personal Prayer Focus: Surrender

Luke 22:42 said that Jesus asked God to take this cup of suffering from him if there were any other way, but ended it with saying “not my will, but yours be done.”

Ask the Lord what He would have you lay down in these next 21 days as you actively pursue the Father’s heart. 

Luke 22:47-48

It’s so striking that someone like Judas who walked with Jesus for 3 years could betray him. He was motivated by power and wealth, and when Jesus’ agenda did not line up with his own, he betrayed the Savior of the world.  

Fasting is a precious time to seek God for who He is and for his divine will. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any agenda or expectations that you may have going into this. We can so easily become frustrated or disappointed with God when He doesn’t move or answer in the way we think he should. Pray that He would give you a heart that would desire His ways and not your own.  

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

For an insatiable hunger to know God through the study of His word and private prayer.

Day Two

Scripture: John 1 – 3

Thanksgiving and Worship:

John 1:18 No one has ever seen God, but Jesus has made Him known to us.

After you have read today’s scripture, start with gratitude and thanksgiving for anything that God revealed to you about Himself or the way that He has shown His love to you through Jesus.  

Personal Prayer Focus: 

Pray that God would illuminate every area of your life with His truth. We need the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts and our relationships. We need him to bring healing & unity in our families, our church body, and our country.  Ask that He would transform the way you think, the way you see other people, and that He would create in you a clean and pure heart. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

For reconciliation, strength, unity and hearts to serve in all of our relationships. 

Day Three

Scripture: John 4 – 6

Thanksgiving and Worship:

John 4:34 “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God who sent me, and from finishing his work.”  Let’s start today by thanking God that He has called you to be a part of His kingdom and mission on the earth. Thank him for His work in your life, and for how he is moving in the world around us. Pray for spiritual eyes to perceive what He is doing. 

Personal Prayer Focus: 

Pray for personal and deep revelation of God’s love & His will for you. Pray for the boldness to walk in whatever He is calling you to and for the faith to leave behind the things that you have been clinging to.

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

A passion for the believers at AC to share their story of faith and to reach those that do not know Christ around us.

Day Four

Scripture John 7 – 9

Thanksgiving & worship:

Praise God for the gift of his Holy Spirit. Thank him for the ways that He has transformed your life. Thank Him for the wisdom, strength and the empowerment we receive through the Holy Spirit.  

Personal Prayer Focus: 

Jesus said that we as believers would have “Rivers of Living water flowing from us”. Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit who would be given to everyone that believes. We need the Holy Spirit to fill us. We need his discernment to know the truth. We need his fruit in our lives as we go into each day (self-control, faithfulness, love, peace, joy…). Ask the Lord to fill you each morning with his Spirit so that you can live for Him in all you say and do. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

Boldness that comes from the Holy Spirit to stand for God’s truth in our world.

Day Five

Scripture John 10 – 12

Thanksgiving and Worship:

John 10:10 “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” Praise and thank God for the life that we have in Jesus. Thank Him for true life, purpose, redemption and the hope in Him that sustains you in all of the hard times. 

Personal Prayer Focus: 

John 11: 5-6 “So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next 2 days.” Sometimes God’s delay or our unanswered prayers feel like God is withholding his love from us. The truth is that He has a sovereign plan, a sovereign agenda. We are so limited in our view and perspective, so we cannot see how his actions or seemingly lack of action is far more loving than we can ever know. Today pray that your faith would grow as you rest and trust in the one who sees all & knows all. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

Pray against the attacks of the enemy in the areas of depression, loneliness, fear and other mental and emotional attacks. 

Day Six

Scripture John 13 – 15

Thanksgiving and Worship:

John 14: 1-3

Start with thanking and praising God that we can trust Him completely. Our hearts can rest in the promise Jesus made that he is actively preparing a place for us with the Father. He will come again and take us there when everything is ready (vs 3). What an amazing hope and promise this is. Take some time to truly think about what that means for you. Thank Him and praise Him for his immense love that came after us in our brokenness and gives us eternal hope. 

Personal Prayer Focus: 

John 15: 1-17

Jesus is the true vine. Ask God to show you how you personally need to remain in Him. Ask Him if there is any area of your life that you are not living in obedience (Vs 10). After you have asked God to reveal these things to you, take some time to remain silent before Him to see if there is anything that He puts on your heart. Pay attention to what sticks out to you in scripture and throughout the day to see if there is any specific thing that He is trying to bring to your attention. Joy comes from radical obedience. His joy is ours when we live in surrender and walk in his ways. Seek Him with a fully surrendered heart and be ready to respond when He speaks. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

For God to renew a passion in all of our volunteers and to fill them with His grace as they serve our church family.

Day Seven

Scripture John 16 – 18

Thanksgiving and Worship:

When Jesus ascended to heaven, he said it was the best thing he could do for us because he was sending the Holy Spirit, our Advocate, to come be with us. John 16:7-18 explains just how vital the Holy Spirit is in our everyday life. As you read those verses, let your heart respond with thanksgiving and praise for the amazing gift of the Holy Spirit. 

Prayer Focus: 

The prayer focus today is taking the very words that Jesus prayed over all of us believers. Let all pray this together over our church, our family, our friends and ourselves. 

*See next page for John 17 prayer. 

John 17

“Father, as Jesus prayed in John, we want to know you, the only true God. Eternal life is found in you, and we want our lives to bring glory to your name alone. Thank you for your saving grace, and for reconciling our hearts to you. Thank you that Jesus is always before you, praying for us and interceding on our behalf. Protect us from the evil one by your mighty name, that we may be unified as you and Jesus are unified. Father, fill us with your joy as the words of Jesus become life to our souls. Help us to understand that the world does not know you.  Your word says that they will hate us because we are not like them and do not belong to this world. Keep us all safe from the evil one. Keep our children, teenagers, men and women, parents and grandparents safe from the evil one. Make us holy by your truth. We are willing to be sent into the world just like Jesus was sent. Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice that enables us to be made holy.

Father we are desperate for unity in our church body. There are so many things, so many attacks by the enemy that are trying to tear us apart. Father we want to be one as you and Jesus are one. Let us be of one mind, heart, soul and purpose. Let us stop being distracted by the things that tear us apart and fight with our whole hearts for unity. We want to know your glory that brings this unity. Help us to accept this and grasp what it means. Father let the unity that you bring in the body of Christ astound the world around us. Let it bring glory to your name and draw many to you. Father, give us a deep revelation of your love and your love for your Son, and let that love live inside of us. We pray this all in Jesus name. Amen.”

Day Eight

Scripture: John 18 & 19

Thanksgiving and Worship:

All throughout today’s reading we see that Jesus was calm, completely focused, and his heart was surrendered to the path ahead of him. Praise God today that even when his plans are so far beyond our understanding, he is in complete control, working everything for our ultimate, eternal good. He is the all-knowing Father and we can trust Him even in the hard times.

Personal Prayer Focus

We need the Holy Spirit’s revelation of the battles that we should be fighting. So often we can be mistaken and find ourselves in a battle that we were never called to fight. Just as Peter reacted in the garden when Jesus was arrested, we can find ourselves lashing out, attacking on the wrong front.  

John 18:10-11 “Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave. But Jesus said to Peter ‘Put your sword back into its sheath. Shall I not drink from the cup of suffering the Father has given me’?”

In the scripture today, there are a lot of parallels to the current times we are living in. There was turmoil, betrayal, mob like behavior all around Jesus. Pilot did not want to crucify Jesus, but he knew there would be a revolt by the religious leaders and all the people that they led if he did not give them what they wanted. So Pilot gave in to their demands. All the while, Jesus was fighting the battle that He was born to fight. To the world, it looked like he was losing, that his ministry was being snuffed out. But Jesus was fighting the ultimate battle. Not a political battle, not a human battle, but a spiritual battle that would cost Him his life as he brought spiritual life to a dead world. We too are called to this battle. We desperately need God to show us where our battle grounds are. We can so easily be caught up in the human battle and neglect the ultimate battle. 

Pray for eyes to see, ears to hear and discernment as you engage in the struggles we are facing in our time. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

A hunger for the truth. 

John 18:37 “Jesus responded ‘You say I am a King. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.”

Day Nine

Scripture: John 20 & 21

Thanksgiving and Worship:

John 21:25 “Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.” 

We serve a God who can do ‘immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…’ Ephesians 3:20. Lets praise God for the way His power works inside of us to do amazing things in the world around us. Praise Him for his works, praise him for the ways that he is still healing and drawing hearts to himself. 

Personal Prayer Focus

John 21:21-22 “Peter asked Jesus, ‘What about him, Lord?’ Jesus replied ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.”  How easy is it for us to get distracted by others around us? Maybe we are distracted by what they have or by the calling that God has on their life. Today, ask God to help fix your focus on the path and purpose he has for you, and then actively celebrate others’ lives no matter how different their path may be. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

John 21:10b “There were 153 large fish, and yet the net hadn’t torn.”

Jesus told them where to cast their nets, and then he provided a huge catch of fish. When we are obedient, then he responds, but he not only responds with a huge harvest, he also gives us the strength needed to handle the harvest (*the net hadn’t torn).  

As a church, let’s pray for each other and for our church as a whole to be obedient to His promptings and Word, and then let’s trust him to do something significant with our obedience. 

Day Ten

Scripture: Acts 1 – 3

Thanksgiving and Worship:

Acts 2:42 – 47     “42 All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer. 43 A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. 44 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. 45 They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. 46 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity 47 all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”

This picture of the first church is so beautiful. Let’s praise God for the church family that we have, and that he has called each of us to be the ones who take this Good News to the world.  

Personal Prayer Focus: 

As you look at the picture of the first church and see how devoted they were to each other, ask the Lord if there is anything that He wants you to do in our church family. God has given each of us unique gifts, strengths and talents. As we use these for someone else’s good, we will continue to experience this divine community that was initiated 2000 years ago. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

Pray for our KidVenture children (0 – 11). Pray for the Holy Spirit to protect them from all of the ways that the enemy is trying to come against their childhood and innocence. Pray that each child would have a true encounter with Jesus and would rise up as leaders in their circle of friends. Pray for Emily, Nilda, and all of the KidVenture leaders as they teach and disciple our kids every Sunday.

Day Eleven

Scripture Acts 4 – 6

Thanksgiving & Worship:

After reading today’s scripture, I am in awe of the boldness and change in all of the disciples after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into Heaven. They were scared and scattered when Jesus was arrested, but when they saw the risen Lord and then were filled with the Holy Spirt, their lives were marked by boldness and complete dedication to spreading the message of the Risen Savior. Let’s praise God for the heroes of our faith that have gone before us. Thank Him for the person that brought you to Christ and praise Him for this message of hope that is worth giving our lives for. 

Personal Prayer Focus

Acts 5:41 “The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus.”

The disciples were not only bold and courageous, they also faced suffering for the gospel with joy. Let’s pray for the same heart towards any persecution or disgrace we may face as we follow Christ. So often we are so wrapped up in how we think people should behave towards us and treat us, that we miss out of the ‘gift’ that being treated wrongly for the sake of Christ can be to our souls. They counted it an honor to suffer in some small way like Jesus had for us. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

Pray for all of our Junior High and Highschool students. Pray that God would intervene in the midst of their lives that have been turned upside down by this pandemic. Pray for our Hype ministry that is speaking life and truth into their lives every Wednesday. Pray for our Next Generation Pastors, Chad and Cherish, and their leaders, that they would have wisdom, boldness, grace and strength as they pour into these students. 

Day Twelve

Scripture Acts 7 – 9

Thanksgiving and Worship:

Take some time to reflect on all that you read in Acts 7 – 9. Let that shape your thanksgiving and worship today. 

Personal Prayer Focus

Acts 8:4 “But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.” Once again, persecution was meant to stop the spread of the Gospel & the growth of the church, but what was meant for harm, God used to exponentially multiply the church. We believe that is exactly what will happen during this season we are in as a country. Pray that you would be equipped and willing to give your all in these critical times. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

Pray for every man and woman at AC to be filled continually with the Holy Spirit so we can live the sacrificial, kingdom driven life that we see in Acts.  

Day Thirteen

Scripture Acts 10 – 12

Thanksgiving and Worship:

Begin by praising and thanking God that He hears our prayers. Praise Him that he moves mightily on our behalf and invited us to come to Him for all we need. 

Personal Prayer Focus

Just as Jesus sent Peter to Cornelius in Acts 10, maybe there is someone in your life who God has been laying on your heart for a while. Maybe they are not like you and you don’t think they would listen to you. Whatever may be holding you back from befriending them or speaking what God keeps laying on your heart to tell them, give that to God today. Then ask Him for the boldness and opportunity to share the love of Christ with them. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

Acts 12:5 & 7 “ But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him…  Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists.

Our individual prayers are powerful, but when we are united with our church family in prayer over something, there is tremendous power in that. You never know whose chains could be broken and who will be set free as we join together in prayer during these 21 days.  Let’s pray for all those in our church family who are bound in addiction of any kind, who are enslaved by sin, and who are feeling hopeless right now. Let’s pray that their ‘chains’ will be broken and freedom would come in Jesus name. 

Day Fourteen

Scripture Acts 13 – 15

Thanksgiving and Worship:

Our God is never changing. His Word, his ways and his character never change. Let’s praise him that He is the firm foundation that we can build our lives on. Praise Him for his constant character, that truth is found in Him alone, and that He is our sure foundation when everything else is shaking around us. 

Personal Prayer Focus:

Reading through today’s scripture shows just how fickle and fallible the human heart is. From jealousy overtaking the Jewish leaders causing them to incite a mob against Paul & Barnabas, to the people who were eating up every word that they were preaching. That same group of people then wanted to make “gods” out of them and offer sacrifices to them, then turned around and stoned them. Someone else came along with a message that sounded good to them and because Paul & Barnabas didn’t give in to their desires to make them gods, they tried to kill them.  Standing for God’s unchanging truth may cost us in this life, but the alternative of living outside of truth, like those who are blown and tossed by the changing winds of our society, is eternally devasting.  

Pray for the ability to stand strong when persecution comes. Pray for a hunger for truth, eyes and discernment to see when something is false, and for conviction & grace to stand no matter what the cost. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus

Acts 13:2 “One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them. So, after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.” 

This is an amazing example of what happens in the midst of a group of people praying and fasting together. God brought about a divine partnership and a divine calling on Paul, Barnabas and the men who were there praying for them. We all have a part to play in the work of God that is happening in our world. Let’s pray that in this season, there will be people like Paul and Barnabas who receive specific callings from the Lord, let’s pray for divine partnerships to be birthed (whether it is two people following the call of God or divine connections with the AC church family & other outreaches). Finally let’s ask that the Lord would speak to those that would send people out covering them in prayer and providing for any needs that they may have.  

Day Fifteen

Scripture: Acts 16 – 18

Thanksgiving and Worship:

Let this scripture shape your praise and worship today: 

Acts 17:24-28a “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. From one man[a] he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist…”

Personal Prayer Focus

Acts 16:22-28 recounts an amazing moment in the lives of Paul and Silas. They were beaten and locked in jail for delivering a slave girl from demon possession. Her masters could no longer make money from this demon possession (she was telling fortunes), and so they brought them before the authorities with false allegations. While they were locked in prison, they were praying and worshiping, then God moved mightily. He opened every cell door and broke off their physical chains. They did not run out of the jail, they waited. The Holy Spirit must have prompted them to stay for the sake of the jailer. What happened next is the most miraculous part of this story. The jailer and his whole family came to Jesus that night. How many more people do you think that jailer and his family reached? We can get so consumed with the miracle of broken shackles, that we don’t even realize that the true shackles that were broken that night were the jailers. God used this miracle as a way of rescuing souls. When we trust God with every step of our journey (even when we have been treated unjustly), we can be sure He will take everything and produce an eternal harvest in the life to come.   

In your own life, no matter what the season or the storm, don’t stop praying, don’t stop worshiping. You never know what God may be doing in the hearts of those around you, and how He may use your story, your prayers and your worship to draw others to his heart. 

Today, pray that God would use your life to bring that kind of glory to His name. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

Pray for our Nation. Pray for wisdom for our Government leaders locally and nationally.

Day Sixteen

Scripture: Acts 19 – 21

Thanksgiving and Worship:

Chapter 19 shows us just how much power and authority is in the name of Jesus. It also says that the message of the Lord spread widely and had a powerful effect in the city of Ephesus. This included the repentance of many people who turned from their sinful practices. They burned millions of dollars of incantation books which just shows how radically changed they were from the inside out. 

Let’s praise God today that this good news we carry has the power to completely transform us and the world around us. Let’s honor and praise the name of Jesus because his name breaks us free from every kind of sin and bondage. He redeems us and sets our lives on the path to true life.  

Personal Prayer Focus

Acts 20:24-27  

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. And now I know that none of you to whom I have preached the Kingdom will ever see me again. I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it’s not my fault, for I didn’t shrink from declaring all that God wants you to know.”

There’s a weight to this scripture today. Pauls’ words bring conviction and accountability to our lives. This Good News was shared with us because someone else made it their mission to spread the gospel. We now are on the same mission. We have a calling and responsibility to share the hope of the world with others. 

Pray for this deep conviction to use every bit of your life to accomplish God’s will. Ask God to show you who He is sending you to with the message of Hope. He will show you when you ask with a sincere heart, then be ready for the opportunities He will bring to share your testimony with them.

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

Global and Local Ministry Partners

Pray that as we expand our reach through mission trips and increasing our financial support to our local and global partners that God would take every dollar and all of our effort and multiply it in ways that He would get all of the glory.  

Day Seventeen

Thanksgiving and Worship:

We serve the Sovereign God whose plan has been in motion since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. He brought Jesus into the world through the Jews, his chosen people, but salvation would be for all who would believe. What an amazing Father! He is all powerful God and Divine Rescuer. His love is for all of us and He is worthy of praise, adoration and our humble worship. He came down to broken humanity to redeem us while we were so far from Him.

Take a few minutes to let your heart worship and marvel at the saving grace He has extended to us. 

Personal Prayer Focus:

Paul was transformed from a zealous Pharisee who persecuted Christians, even to the point of death, to arguably the greatest missionary to ever live. Paul used to be one of the Pharisees who viewed Gentiles as less than the Jews. He was prejudice until the Holy Spirit changed his life and changed His mission. He gave his life away serving the Gentiles and taking the gospel to them. Only God can transform a heart like that. When we are close to the Fathers heart and remain connected to the Vine, we are transformed into the likeness of Jesus. His heart becomes our heart, His ways become our ways, we see with His eyes and live lives that are poured out for others to know Him. 

Ask the Holy Spirit to continue to do this same work in your heart. Pray for strength and a committed heart to continually walk in step with the Holy Spirit, allowing God’s word and truth to transform your life. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

Let’s all pray that Adventure Church would be a place of unity amid diversity that we would love those who we have little in common with because we are bound by the gospel of Christ. 

Day Eighteen

Reflection Day

Scripture Acts 25 – 28

Thanksgiving & Worship:

Today take some time to reflect on all that you have been learning and reading in scripture. Let that shape your thanksgiving and worship before moving on to the personal and all church prayer focus.

Personal Prayer Focus

Each of us have been created for a purpose. We were put here during this point in history for a reason by our Creator, and we have been entrusted with this gift of salvation to take to our world. What has God been stirring in you over the past couple weeks of our prayer and fasting season? Is there anything that God has been speaking to you; It could be a step of faith that he’s calling you to take, it could be a conviction of sin or some other issue that he is calling you to leave behind, it could be something that he has been showing you that you need to trust Him with completely. Whatever it may be, take some time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to make your next step clear. 

ALL CHURCH Prayer Focus: 

Acts 2:17 “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

Wrapping up the book of Acts, let’s pray and ask the Father for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our church. 

Day Nineteen

Written by Kaylee Brecker

Scripture Romans 1 – 3

Thanksgiving and Worship:

Rom. 1:17 “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed in a way that awakens more faith]. As it is written and forever remains written “ The just and upright shall live by faith” [Hab 2:4]

Faith is at the beginning of the salvation process and it is the goal as well. Take a minute to reflect on where you were when you first came to Christ and where you are now. Thank Him for all the ways, big and small, that He has walked with you in growing your faith. Praise Him that today is one more opportunity to grow in your understanding of the gospel and grow in the firmness of your faith. 

Personal Prayer Focus:

Rom. 1:7 “[I am writing] to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called to be saints (God’s people) and set apart for a sanctified life, [that is, set apart for God and His purpose]: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”

After reading the first three chapters of Romans, take a minute to reflect on what these three chapters show us about what it means to be God’s people, living sanctified lives. 

Romans tells us that sanctification comes from Christ and what He accomplished for us on the cross. In humble gratitude, let’s ask the Lord to reveal one area in our lives that needs to be shifted from fulfilling our purpose, to fulfilling His purpose, and let’s walk that out in obedience today. 


All Church Prayer Focus:

Rom. 1:1 “Paul, A bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative), set apart for [preaching] the gospel of God [the good news of salvation]”

We have this beloved book of the Bible because of the obedience of Paul to preach the word of God. May we gather our hearts together today to pray and speak blessing over OUR pastors and their families who have been called to preach the gospel in our community and to our friends and families. Pray that their needs are met in every way and that they are touched with fresh wisdom and courage to lead in these strange times. 

Day Twenty

Written by Kaylee Brecker

Scripture Romans 4 – 6

Thanksgiving and Worship:

Rom. 5:3-4 “And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation].”

Let us behave as members of that upside down kingdom we’ve been studying, and spend some time in praise thanking God for the specific pressures and challenges we’re facing today. It doesn’t make sense in the natural to celebrate the difficulties of our lives, and it may not feel easy at first, but we are celebrating that we have a God who will not waste these challenges, disappointments and pressures. He is, even now, working on our behalf to use everything happening around us to develop that spiritual maturity in us which helps us to fix our eyes on what truly matters, He has given us eternity with Him, and nothing and no one can take that away. That is truly something to rejoice and exult over. 

Personal Prayer Focus:

Rom. 4:20-21 ”But he did not doubt or waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and empowered by faith, giving glory to God, being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.”

Abraham knew God and trusted Him implicitly, that He would keep His word no matter what. Abraham could easily have been weighed down and distracted by what his eyes could see, but instead he let the power of God’s Word be the anchor of his faith, and he never wavered. Take some time to remind yourself of the promises of God to you. Present before the Lord the things in your life that feel impossible and be honest about how you feel. Ask Holy Spirit to help you have that same heart of faith that Abraham had, knowing and believing that God WILL keep His promises and He will come through for you. Try inserting your name into that verse and begin speaking over yourself that you do not doubt or waver in unbelief but you are growing strong and empowered by faith. 

All Church Prayer Focus:

Pray for faith in the life of your Adventure Church family. As we begin to take steps forward, may we all keep in step with God as He calls us out of our comfort zones. Pray that our faith would grow and we would see God do miraculous things in the lives of those in our community.  

Day Twenty One

Written by Kaylee Brecker

Scripture Romans 7 – 9

Thanksgiving and Worship:

Rom. 8:26 “In the same way the Spirit [comes to us and] helps us in our weakness. We do not know what prayer to offer or how to offer it as we should, but the Spirit Himself [knows our need and at the right time] intercedes on our behalf with sighs and groaning too deep for words.” 

We have a God who not only hears and answers our prayers, but who prays for us! How amazing that God who knows everything and answers our prayers, stirs His own Spirit to pray over us. Take some time to marvel and show your gratitude to Holy Spirit for the many prayers that He has covered you with when you needed them most. Only He knows the impact that His prayers have had over us over the years. 

Personal Prayer Focus:

Rom. 8:28 “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”

All things! Not some things, not most things, not the best things, our God who loves us is at work to cause every single detail of our lives to work for the good of those who love Him. Ask Holy Spirit to help you grasp that great confidence of this truth. Commit this verse to memory and begin to speak it over any and every situation you face. Nothing is wasted. ALL things are tools in the Father’s hands to bring about good in our lives. 

All Church Prayer Focus:

Rom. 8:5 “For those who are living according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh [which gratify the body], but those who are living according to the Spirit, [set their minds on] the things of the Spirit [His will and purpose].”

Let us pray that church as a whole would have the mind of the Spirit. These are unique times that we’re living in and now more than ever the world is watching the church to see how believers will walk these challenges out with faith. Pray that the body of Christ, His church, would be unified under the mind of the Spirit and that our one pursuit would be to fulfill His will and His purpose.