The 21 Day challenge

Over the 21 days between Jan 14th and Feb 3rd, we will pray with a different focus every day (get your guide here). Why? Because we need to discipline ourselves as a church to make prayer an every day (even every moment) part of our lives. The Apostle Paul taught early believers to ‘pray without ceasing’, and we think that’s great advice. What could be different about our lives and faith if we took this wonderful gift of open conversation with God, and we became intentional about it? What would change about our church if every one of us was tuned in to God’s direction for Heritage? It might just change everything.

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Fasting

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

Check out these scripture references to learn more:

How the 21 days works

1. Each day a new prayer topic will be given along with a focus scripture (see below).

2. A sample prayer will be provided for people who are just starting their prayer journey.

3. Throughout our 21 day journey, we encourage everyone to fast from something that is important to them. The reason for the fast is to pray about something during the time you are fasting that you are really seeking God about. (Many people fast from food, others from technology, or social media, or television, or caffeine. The list goes on and on…)

4. Join us every morning for a quick Facebook Live Video for that day’s prayer. Feel free to comment on how your prayers are going!

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)

DAy 1: grace

Ephesians 2:8

Today I am thankful for Your grace.  Even though I did nothing to deserve or earn it, help me to receive it and freely give it away.  Give me the desire to ensure that others experience it also. Amen

Day 2: Health

James 5:14-15

Today I pray health over my family and myself.  I pray against all sickness and disease that may come against me.  I pray healing over those that are sick in Jesus name.  Amen

Day 3: Purity

Psalm 51:10

Today I pray for purity over my mind, actions, and motives.  Help my family and me set ourselves apart for Your use.  Help us take charge of every thought and place them under your control.  Give us clean hearts in Jesus name. Amen

Day 4: The world

John 3:16-17

Today I pray for the world You love. I pray for those that hunger and thirst that they are filled, for those who suffer under racism, hate, and war that they might find peace, & for those suffering disease and disaster that they are healed. Amen

Day 5: Resources

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Thank you God for the resources that You have given to me.  Help me to honor You with the first and best portion and to have the wisdom to manage the remainder. I pray for the needs of those who struggle financially. Amen

Day 6: Wisdom

Proverbs 2:1-6

Lord, I pray for wisdom.  As I read Your word and attend weekly services, help my mind understand, help my heart transform, and help me commit myself to Your work in me and the world around me.  Amen

Day 7: Our city

Jeremiah 29:7

Today I pray for our city.  Jesus, turn our city into a place that is thriving with business and opportunity. Inspire us to use our gifts to make it better. Turn our city into a place that is desired by families and known for Your presence.  Amen

day 8: Our Country’s leaders

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Today I pray for our country’s leaders.  I pray for the President and all that serve with him, for the congress that they remember who they serve, and for the judiciary that it continue to dispense justice in wisdom and fairness. Amen

Day 9: Perseverance

Galatians 6:9

Today I pray that in moments of trial and weakness, I will not give up.  Help me not see quitting as an option. Place the faithful around me so I might lean upon and be encouraged by them.  Help me get my fight back.  Amen

Day 10: Those who don’t know God

Luke 15

Today I pray for those who don’t know or misunderstand who You are.  I pray for those who have wandered far from You.  Help me to love them right where they are and make it impossible for them to not know You.  Amen

Day 11: The Unsupported

Galatians 6:2

Today I pray for the broken hearted and the lonely, for those who suffer without support, for single parents, widows, widowers, orphans, and those in foster care. Help me become available to be a presence in your name. Amen.

Day 12: The heroes

John 15:13

Today I pray for those who place themselves in harm’s way for others.  I pray for those in the military, police, firefighters and the random heroes who bravely sacrifice themselves to save others. Give me the same heart. Amen

Day 13: Our Students (and educators)

1 Timothy 4:12

Today I pray for our students.  I pray that they will walk in Your protection and excel in every area of education.  I pray for the educators You have gifted to influence them.  May they accomplish Your dreams for their lives. Amen

Day 14: My Presence

Colossians 3:23-24

Lord, please use me at my job, school, neighborhood and wherever I go as an example of your love.  I know you have a purpose for my life.  Help me to discover how to use my life for your glory in Jesus name.  Amen

Day 15: joy

John 16:20

Lord, help me to keep my joy, for it is my strength.  Even though my life will have its ups and downs, let my joy remain.  Help me to not walk in depression and defeat another day in my life.  Amen

Day 16: Addictions

John 8:36

Today I pray for those struggling with addictions, which may include me.  Help us/them to break the chains and walk in the true freedom found in Christ Jesus.  It is in His holy name I pray for freedom.  Amen

Day 17: Marriages

Ephesians 5:21

Today I pray for all marriages. I pray that all marriages stay faithful to their vows, strong in their love, and submitted to one another in humility. Help all who are struggling in their marriage be reconciled to one another.  Amen

Day 18: Volunteers

John 12:26

Today I am thankful for all the volunteers that give their time and share their gifts in Your name.  I pray that they are refreshed and for Your blessing upon their lives.  Help me serve alongside them with the heart of Christ.  Amen

Day 19: Forgiveness

Matthew 18:21-22

Thank You for forgiving me of my many shortcomings.  Help me to forgive myself. Help me to see others with your eyes and not withhold forgiveness from those around me.  Please reveal any unforgiveness in my heart. Amen

Day 20: Sharing My Faith

1 Peter 3:15-16

Jesus, give me the confidence to share my faith to those around me.  Help me to live boldly, gracefully, and courageously for You.  Help me stand out as a light of Your Spirit and grace.  Use me to share the good news.  Amen

Day 21: Church Leaders

Acts 1:8

Today I pray for the pastors, staff, and leaders of Heritage Church.  Give them Your vision, Your dreams, and Your power.  Help them lead our church to become all You know it can be.  Expand our reach in Your name.  Amen