Wednesday January 19 | 6:30pm | In-Person
We can set the course for the new year by the way in which we start it. Please join us on January 19 for our Day of Prayer & Fasting as we dedicate ourselves and our church to the Lord’s service in the New Year.
The schedule for the day:
- 7:00am: Start the day with Pastor Philip in an online prayer meeting, then set aside a few minutes each hour throughout the day to reflect and pray.
- 12:00pm: Join us in person at the church for an hour of prayer.
- 6:30pm: Attend our all-church prayer meeting in Clarkview (or join us on YouTube if you aren’t able to attend in person). After the meeting we’ll break our fast together.
Below you can find a prayer guide for the day, as well as tips for fasting if you are able to do so.
“ACTS” Prayer Guide
ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication
When you begin your day of prayer on January 19, please set aside a few minutes each hour to reflect and pray through the following verses and topics.
Join Pastor Philip live on Zoom as we start our day off together.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
John 15:7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
We invite you to join us at the church for an hour of prayer.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
1 John 1:8-9 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Colossians 3:15-17 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Please pray for the mission of our church (or for your own local body)
Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works
Please pray the leaders of our church, your church, and for all churches around the world.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Please pray for Chicago and for the United States, or for the city and country in which you live.
1 Peter 5:5-7 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.
1 Peter 2:1-3 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Join us for corporate prayer! We’ll meet in Clarkview (Room 107/108) and pray that God will cultivate our hearts toward His upside-down Kingdom. At the end of the meeting, we’ll break our fast together.
Unable to join us in person? The gathering will be streamed on our YouTube channel.
Tips on Conducting a 24-hour Fast
The evening before, eat a light dinner. Spend time in personal confession and yieldedness to God. Abstain from TV and other input that would divert you from having a special meeting with God.
The day of the fast, drink water or juices but abstain from food. Continue with your regular activities throughout the day, using your hunger as a reminder to love and trust God with the burdens on your heart. Pray silently as you work. If asked why you are not eating, simply say that you have chosen to fast on this day.
The next morning, ask yourself:
- What did I learn yesterday?
- What sins were revealed to me?
- What burdens were taken from my shoulders and transferred to God?
- What do I see more clearly than before?
- What is the next step in my walk with God?
Please note: if you are unable to fast for health reasons, you are encouraged to do the above while maintaining your regular eating schedule. Fasting itself has no special merit in God’s sight but is an added means of revealing who we are in God’s presence.