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Dear Church Family,

Before God does a mighty work, he often moves in His people to seek His face with prayer and fasting. As we step into a
new season of ministry, the elders are calling us into an intentional time of prayer and fasting for a period of 21 Days.
We will begin on Monday, August 19, and conclude on Sunday, September 8. This is simply a time for us to come
together as a church family, asking God to do what only God can do. We hope you will consider joining us on this
journey as we come humbly before the Lord with our thanks, our praise, and our needs. Our theme for this year is
Whatever it takes.

How Should I Pray?

Jon Bloom, author & co-founder of Desiring God Ministries, said the following:

After years of praying whatever it takes, I can tell you my former fears were misplaced. I used to fear the wrong
thing. It isn’t dangerous to pray this way; it’s dangerous not to pray this way.  Whatever it takes praying is a means to
experiencing inexpressible joy, not misery. I’ve learned that choosing not to ask God to do whatever it takes out of
fear I might lose something is like declining Thanksgiving dinner because I fear giving up my bag of Cheetos. We are
never safer than when we are in Jesus’s hands. And the safest way we can pray is to ask God to do whatever it takes
for Jesus’s joy to be in us and for our joy to be full. I don’t want to mislead you. God’s answers to my prayers have
resulted in some of the most difficult experiences of my life. But hear me: I would not trade any of those experiences
for the world. They’ve only encouraged me to pray all the more because of the joy-infused hope I’ve tasted through
them.

Download the 21 Days Prayer Guide

Week One: Worship

MAY WE KNOW YOU & FOLLOW YOU CLOSELY

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. -Colossians 1:9-12

Monday (Day 1)

Whatever it takes, Lord, give me delight in you as the greatest treasure of my heart.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)

Tuesday (Day 2)

Whatever it takes, Lord, align the desires of my heart with yours.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9 10)

Wednesday (Day 3)

Whatever it takes, Lord, increase my awareness of my dependence on you in everything so that I will live continually by faith.

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me

you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Thursday (Day 4)

Whatever it takes, Lord, keep me desperate for you because I tend to wander when I stop feeling my need for you.

Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I keep your word. (Psalm 119:67)

Friday (Day 5)

Whatever it takes, Lord, teach me to discern good from evil through the rigorous exercise of constant practice.

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to

distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:14)

Saturday (Day 6)

Whatever it takes, Lord, discipline me for my good so that I may share your holiness and bear the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

He disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:10--11)

Sunday (Day 7)

Whatever it takes, Lord, increase my resolve to do your will with all diligence.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16)

Additional Resources:

Fasting for Beginners

Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting

7 Steps to Fasting

Personal Guide to Fasting