A Week of Prayer & Fasting

September 14-20

At Connect Church, one of our core values is the Power of God, and we have made it a priority to seek God first in prayer. We have decided do this collectively as a church for A Week of Prayer & Fasting. This week is intentional, to faithfully seek God first, trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact in our lives, our church, and our world. Join us as we follow a 7 day morning and evening devotional below.
Outdoor Prayer Gatherings

Daily Devotional

DAY 1

Morning
Psalm 139: 1-24
Reflection
Our passage today is very comforting as we consider that God knows us completely and loves us fully. The passage can also be challenging as we consider the fact that He knows things about us that He would like to be different. Welcome Him into your life to do whatever work He would desire during this season of prayer and fasting.
Prayer
Spend time praying throughout your day according to the pattern of Matthew 6:9-13

DAY 1

Evening
John 3:1-21, John 4:7-21
Reflection
Have you ever considered that small word "so" that goes before "love" in the Bible's most famous verse, John 3:16? God SO loved the world. It really is a remarkable thing to know that God created the world and everything in it for no other reason than He could love it. As you reflect back over your day, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal those times where you encounter God's love.

DAY 2

Morning
Matthew 6:5-18
Reflection
How do you feel about fasting so far? I realize that it is only day 2, but this is the time when fasting gets hard. It's the time when we most miss those things we enjoyed just a couple days ago — 7 days feels long! But when we fast before the Lord not to make a show, but seek the Lord, He rewards. Be confident today that God will reward you as you seek Him!
Prayer
Spend time praying throughout your day according to the pattern of Matthew 6:9-13

DAY 2

Evening
Colossians 1:3-23
Reflection
What was one thing that consumed most of your thoughts today? One of the great challenges as believers is dealing with distractions which come at us from every direction. Perhaps many of those diversions are our enemy's attempt to keep our focus off the the (King) Jesus. Satan is not afraid of your budget or your schedule. But satan is scared of your prayers because that's when you tap into the power of God by aligning your heart to the King of Kings. As you spend time in prayer tonight, take time to put Him first in every aspect of your life. (Ex. Lord God, i give you first place in my _______ ).

DAY 3

Morning
Matthew 16:5-28
Reflection
Jesus said,"I will build my church..." As we follow Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we become part of something far bigger than ourselves. We become a part of His Church! The Church of Jesus Christ is the greatest movement the world has ever seen. Of all the words used to describe the church, my favorite is "family." Can you stop for a moment this morning and reflect on several aspects of your local congregation that you are thankful for?
Prayer
Spend time praying throughout your day according to the pattern of Matthew 6:9-13

DAY 3

Evening
1 Chronicles 29:11-12, Luke 4:18
Reflection
We serve a powerful God but that power is not meant for us to use only on ourselves. The enemy works hard to keep the oppressed, oppressed; the sick, sick; the captives, captive. God is powerful in you when you give him that liberty to work through you. Just take a moment to mediate on how great our God is and that he chooses to use a simple vessel like me to help others.

DAY 4

Morning
1 Corinthians 12:21-31
Reflection
The human body is amazing. Each part depends on the other parts. Each of us have experienced something as simple as a toothache can affect how the whole body feels. Each part of the body has an important role to play in the whole, and nothing is independent. In order for the church to be all that Jesus desires, each of us must work together in unity, with each other doing our part. Are you active in sharing your gifts/talents/experience in the church?
Prayer
Spend time praying throughout your day according to the pattern of Matthew 6:9-13

DAY 4

Evening
Zephaniah 3:17
Reflection
God is mighty to save! That word "save" in Zephaniah 3:17 means to be liberated, delivered, even victorious in battle! Have you ever taken the time to reflect on what it truly means to be saved? It is more than just praying a prayer, it is more than just going to heaven. It is a lifestyle and a calling to reach out to others who do not know God's saving grace! Take a moment to meditate on what it means to be saved.

DAY 5

Morning
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Reflection
Loving the people in our community is one of the most supernatural act that we can do. It might be hard to believe that according to 1 Corinthians 13, the effectiveness of all ministry is measured by the love we show to the tones we are ministering to. We can have great answers to all the world's problems, but if we don't share solutions with the love of God, and he wants us to model that love to the world. Let's ask God to give us his love for our community and the world around us, and may we do everything in the love of God.
Prayer
Spend time praying throughout your day according to the pattern of Matthew 6:9-13

DAY 5

Evening
Psalm 23
Reflection
This is clearly a most familiar Psalm, but one word within it may not be so clear. Verse 6 contains a word that is often translated to "mercy" or "grace." The truth is, every english word used to attempt to translate the original word simply falls short. The Hebrew word used here is one word that encapsulates all of God's good intentions toward you! It is one word that speaks of his unfailing love, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness. A specific word was created by translators to try to communicate the truth spoken of here; that word is "lovingkindness!" God's grace is the undeserved goodness of God that is poured out on us.

DAY 6

Morning
Psalm 139:1-24
Reflection
Jesus told his disciples, "Freely you have received, so freely give." When we realize all we have as something that we have received from God, it is easier for us to remember that we are stewards rather than owners of what is "ours". Gifts placed in the hands of someone in need point to the hand of the heavenly father, who loves us completely and generously supplies all that we need. How will you demonstrate the heart of God to those in need in your community?
Prayer
Spend time praying throughout your day according to the pattern of Matthew 6:9-13

DAY 6

Evening
Jeremiah 2:17
Reflection
Throughout the Bible. we find verses that speak of his mighty arm, or His right hand. It's the Bible's way of communicating the strength, power and authority of God. And in the same ways he worked throughout Scripture, he continues to work today. Protecting. Delivering. Helping. Caring. Strengthening. Saving. Don't ever doubt. He knows your way and has a plan.

DAY 7

Morning
Matthew 28:16-20
Reflection
In all that we do to love and serve our community, we must remember that which is most important—the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "Gospel" simply means "good news". Unshared faith isn't pointless, but it's not vibrant faith either. Let's be alert to those that we can influence and share the good news that we have received!
Prayer
Spend time praying throughout your day according to the pattern of Matthew 6:9-13

DAY 7

Evening
1 John 4:1-21 (focus on verse 4)
Reflection
Here is a great reminder, a daily remidner. No matter what we face, no matter what distressing thing is happening in our lives, in our family, in our community, and in our world—God is GREATER! And he is IN US!