Your power to be used by God to effect change in this world begins with prayer. When you pray for things beyond yourself, you build and strengthen bonds with other believers.
From January 7-28, join Calvary Church and many Converge churches around the world in 21 Days of Prayer. Pray for God’s leading in our personal lives, at Calvary Church, and in our community.
Pastor Shawn will give us a weekly challenge to take us deeper into the arms of our Heavenly Father. We would love to see all of the Calvary community engage in these. Please share with us how you see God moving in one of the ways suggested below. Let’s be a community that encourages one another through prayer and testimony.
Just imagine what will happen when churches around the world focus wholeheartedly on communicating with our amazing God through prayer.
Here’s how you can participate:
- Follow Calvary Church on social media for weekly themes and to see powerful prayer stories as they are posted.
- Post your powerful prayer experiences. Please include #calvarychurchus
Or contact Ben Tyvoll, Care Pastor, and tell him how God is working in your prayer life.
- Come to Wednesday morning prayer group gatherings.
January 10, 17 & 24 / 6am / Roseville and White Bear Campuses
- Put your prayers on a prayer wall in the Worship Center.
Prayers can be posted on provided Post-it notes in the Worship Center during Worship Services. You can also come to the Worship Centers to pray for others or leave a prayer on the prayer wall during regular office hours for Roseville Campus or White Bear Campus.
- Download a prayer and fasting guide.
- Attend Vertical on Sunday, January 28 / 6-7:30pm / White Bear Campus
This prayer and worship event will culminate our 21 Days of Prayer.
- Get the big picture. See the power of prayer around the world by going to #convergeprayer
Week 1—January 7-13
THEME | Fasting
Let’s focus on our theme verse of Colossians 4:2, and make a conscious effort to reach out to our Heavenly Father, “devoting ourselves to prayer,” opening our hearts and our minds to what the Lord is doing around us by “watching” and then “thanking” Him, as we encounter breakthrough, reconciliation, transformation, and blessing.
In Mark 6:17 it does not say, “if we fast,” but “when we fast.”
This week, pick a day (or more) to fast and pray. Ask God to reveal what parts of Kingdom living you need to reconcile to those around you. Do you need to ask for or offer forgiveness? Extend grace to a co-worker? Experience joy and peace in difficult circumstances? Remember, He is making you new (2 Corinthians 5:17), and through the power of the Spirit, giving you what you need to be a reconciler in this world.
Fasting can be defined as “deliberately abstaining from the normal routines of life and replacing it with God.” Its purpose is to spend focused time in prayer and the study of God’s word. Ultimately, fasting is more about replacing than abstaining. Fasting is filling our lives with God instead of with food, social media, or entertainment. It is finding satisfaction and enjoyment in God alone.
TIPS FOR FASTING
Pick your fast.
Pray about it and ask the Lord how He wants you to fast. Some ideas of what to fast from: food, sugar, carbs, dairy, social media, spending money, shopping, watching TV, Internet, or sports. Be creative—fasting isn’t just about avoiding food.
Set a goal and write it down.
Begin with clear personal goals as well as breakthrough goals for your church. Be specific. Do you need direction, healing, restoration of your marriage, or resolution of family issues? Are you facing difficulties? Pray and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.
Feast on the Word of God.
Fasting is about replacing the daily intake of food, entertainment, and human contact with focused times of prayer. Spend large amounts of time feeding on the Word of God and spiritual listening.
Open your life before God.
One of the greatest benefits of spiritual fasting is a heightened awareness of God’s presence and power in our lives. We ask that you fast for spiritual breakthroughs for your church family, as well as for yourself.
Expect God to move.
Spiritual fasting is a supernatural endeavor that has shaped and transformed God’s people for centuries. If you have doubt, ask God to meet you in your doubts and lead you in overcoming them.
Week 2—January 14-20
THEME | Comforting Others
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Because the Father so lavishly blesses us, let’s give generously from the abundance we have received. This week, remember and give thanks for how the Lord has comforted you in hard times. Ask the Lord to show you someone who you can comfort. Press into Him for wisdom and creativity in how you might express this comfort and encouragement to this person.
Let us follow the example that Colossians 4:2 sets for us. Make a conscious effort to reach out to our Heavenly Father by “devoting ourselves to prayer,” opening our hearts and our minds to what the Lord is doing around us by “watching” for Him and then “thanking” Him as we encounter breakthroughs, reconciliations, transformations, and blessings.
TO GET STARTED
Reflect on how the Lord has comforted you in hard times.
Give thanks to God and praise Him for how He has comforted you. When we give thanks we are entering His gates. How amazing is that. To think the Lord gives us direct access to His Kingdom’s Court just by thanking and praising Him. “Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” Psalms 100:4
Ask the Lord to show you someone who you can comfort. Keep your eyes open to how the Lord wants you to act on His behalf and be expectant that He will give you opportunities.