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
Week Three: Mission
MAY WE REACH THE LOST & BROKEN IN OUR COMMUNITY AND BEYOND
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,”without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17
Monday (Day 15)
Whatever it takes Lord, increase our compassion and ability to care for those who have suffered great loss.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. -James 1:27
Tuesday (Day 16)
Whatever it takes Lord, open our eyes to the needs of those silently struggling on the margins of society.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. -Phil 2:4
Wednesday (Day 17)
Whatever it takes Lord, as ambassadors for Christ, show us how to represent you before a lost and broken world.
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. -Matt 5:13
Thursday (Day 18)
Whatever it takes Lord, help us to hold our time, treasure and resources loosely and guide us to give generously, that your Kingdom may come.
Sell your possessions and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. -Luke 12:33-34
Friday (Day 19)
Whatever it takes Lord, increase our awareness to pray for the lost and broken. Lord, I humbly pray for; __________________________________ that you would graciously redeem, restore and heal, that they might embrace the gift of salvation, the love of our Heavenly Father, and hope that’s found in Christ Jesus.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. -John 3:16-17
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. -II Corinthians 1:3-4
Saturday (Day 20)
Whatever it takes Lord, increase our awareness to pray for church planting endeavors here in Western North Carolina. Specifically, for the church communities of Coram Deo and The Grove.
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, -Ephesians 4:11-13
Sunday (Day 21)
Whatever it takes Lord, increase our awareness to pray for global church planting endeavors, ministries of justice and mercy throughout the world. Specifically, for the Compassion Communities in Tanzania and other global partners.
And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. -Matthew 28:18-20
A CONCLUDING PRAYER:
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to
him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. -Colossians 1:9-12