21-Days of Prayer and Fasting

Across the nation, thousands of churches urge their members to begin the New Year by praying. The goal of that revival in you is for God’s glory to be revealed to a watching world that needs to know Him. When large numbers or high percentages of people are transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, spiritual awakening is the result. Communities change. Cities change. And yes, nations can change. Spiritual awakening is what we need in our nation, but revival of God’s people is a spiritual prerequisite.

The Awaken, 21-Day Prayer Guide is a guide to enrich your participation in fasting and prayer for a revival of God’s presence and work in your own life and church as the start to your year.

Each day in this prayer guide, there are Scriptures designed to fix your focus on God and what He has to say to us through His Word – thoughts that will challenge or encourage. May God increase your own hunger for His presence and power to such a degree that you will make every adjustment required to experience revival and awakening. I’m praying that God will increase your faith to believe Him for all He wants to do where you are. Don’t focus attention on how bad things may be around you. Get your eyes fixed on Jesus and what He can do. He is our Hope.

There are daily suggestions for prayer. Prayer is a relationship with the Creator of the universe. Jesus wants you to spend time getting to know Him and His purposes and His ways as you pray. He wants to speak to you about your life and your part in His plan for world redemption. You will notice that each day you are being asked to talk to the Lord about what you should do to apply what you are hearing from Him. Do not be a hearer only; become an obedient ‘doer’ of the word.

Fasting may be a new discipline for you. If so, do some research or ask someone about fasting. That may include denying yourself food, or it could include a fast from television or media for a season. Fasting heightens your hunger for God and your focus on Him, but it also provides you with additional time to pray. Fasting and prayer go together – as does giving. There are some helpful guides in the appendix of this prayer guide.

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Strategic Prayer Training

Administrative Bishops, State Prayer Leaders and Teams, Key Pastors and Leaders who might help with some aspect of the prayer process are invited to attend AGREE 19, a revival and prayer convocation, in Cleveland, TN, Tuesday, January 8-Thursday, January 10, 2019.

We will meet jointly with the Unreached People Group Coalition.

I want to identify a prayer leader-trainer for every nation, whose goal would be to mobilize prayer in every congregation in that nation. In addition, I want to identify regional mobilizer-trainers for each of the 21 global regions. This is where you could play a critical role. I need peers to these 21 global regional trainers, mentors and peer-trainer mobilizers to these regions and nations, who would, perhaps like you, be willing to travel abroad, raising up praying-missional congregations with a focus on the lost around them, including UPGs.

Each evening we will gather at the Church of God General headquarters, in the Communication Center, for the live-broadcast of the global prayer service with Dr. Hill, members of the Executive Committee and church leaders. In 2018, the theme was prayer. In 2019, the theme will be ‘care’ without dismissing prayer. In 2020, the theme will be ‘share’ with prayer and care in the background. We are on a mission, to encourage our churches to be ‘houses of prayer,’ that demonstrate compassion to the lost and look for opportunities to share Christ.

We have relaunched The Praying Church Movement. This is our attempt to get each congregation to be intentional in their prayer effort, which begins with naming a prayer learning team. Currently, we have 600 churches across the nation that are being intentional about congregational prayer leadership.

If we assume prayer, like assuming the fire on the altar, it will die. If we don’t direct it, shape its theology, it will degenerate to self-interested prayer – prayer requests. We must recover prayer that is at its heart worship, and at its edge mission.

We want to come out of our January meeting firing on all cylinders and we especially want to raise the level of intercessory prayer engagement. We want to vision our future. We cannot afford, in these last days, to allow our prayer effort to become stale and rote. Let’s take Jesus seriously. He wants the church to be a ‘house of prayer for the nations.’ I think he is calling us to turn some tables over in the temple!

Registration fee received on-site:

  • $35 for School of Prayer Training only (Tuesday morning)
  • $35 for Strategic Prayer Training (Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday and Thursday morning)
  • $50 for both events (all 3 days)

Please contact us if cost is an issue and we will find scholarship assistance. 855-842-5483

Tentative Schedule

January 8-10, 2019

TUESDAY

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – North Cleveland Church of God

School of Prayer Associate Certification Training

  • Training to conduct schools of prayer across your region.

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM – North Cleveland Church of God

Strategic Prayer Training

  • Church Revitalization – A Praying Church
  • Church and Mission – Engaging the Unreached

7:00 PM – Church of God International Offices, Communication Center

AGREE 19 Live Broadcast

 

WEDNESDAY

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – North Cleveland Church of God

Strategic Prayer Training

  • Building Your State Prayer Leadership Team and Promoting Prayer
  • The Praying Church Movement

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM – North Cleveland Church of God

Global Strategy Meeting

  • Focus: Integrating Prayer Mobilization and the Unfinished Harvest
  • Goal: To gather prayer leaders and pastors to develop a strategy to mobilize, missional-worshipful, unceasing prayer, around the world.
  • NATIONALLY – A prayer leader for every nation; REGIONALLY – a prayer trainer for every region; HERE – a prayer trainer-partner for every region and for nations.
  • In 2020, to conduct a global prayer leader-trainer gathering with regional prayer leaders from around the world for extensive training; and to partner prayer trainer-supporters here (US) with prayer trainer-mobilizers around the world; including the adoption of Unreached People Groups for prayer and engagement.

7:00 PM – Church of God International Offices, Communication Center

AGREE 19 Live Broadcast

 

THURSDAY

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – North Cleveland Church of God

Strategic Prayer Training

  • Major Prayer Campaigns, Initiatives and Resources including: Pentecost Sunday Emphasis, 2019 – 2020; The “Go” Campaign; The Prayer Training Network

 

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The Praying Church Movement

Join a Prayer Community!

Motivate and mobilize your congregation toward deeper levels of prayer.

THE MOVEMENT: A network of local prayer leaders who are on a journey to bring prayer to the heart of all they do.

THE PURPOSE: To encourage, challenge, inspire, and resource believers as they seek to motivate and mobilize their church toward deeper levels of prayer.

THE MISSION: To connect prayer leaders with something bigger than themselves, such as,  national initiatives, Prayer Trainers Program, Prayerborne – Intercessor’s Alliance.

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A video was produced to promote this initiative at state/regional minister’s meetings:

General Assembly 2018 Participant Evaluation

Thank you for being a part of prayer at the Church of God General Assembly this year. Please take a moment to complete this survey. Thank you!

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Saturday Night Fire

Every Saturday Night at 9PM EST

Call in number: 641-715-35800

Access Code: 466086

General Overseer, Dr. Tim Hill is committed to prayer as a pillar of the Church of God denomination. As part of the FINISH challenge the Church of God declares to:

  • Commit to 6 million hours of prayer for the FINISH Commitment globally.
  • Recruit 1,000,000 prayer partners, providing prayer globally 24/7.
  • Implement an intentional Finish Prayer/Fasting Initiative annually in each state/region/ area of the world.
  • Focus each local church as a relevant prayer force.
  • Establish prayer centers in each state/region/area of the world.

The Church of God Prayer Ministries Office will provide resources and avenues to fulfill these goals. One of which is the Saturday Night Fire Call. This weekly prayer call began two years ago after the 21 Day Virtual Prayer Meeting where hundreds connected nightly for the virtual prayer call. Saturday Night Fire focuses on prayer for the Great Awakening including unreached peoples, missionaries, church planters, cities, nations and more.

Listen to recordings of past calls>

Promote Saturday Night Fire:

Share with your church. Email your local pastors. Post to your social media.

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Use these downloadable images:

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FINISH Commitment

General Overseer of the Church of God, Tim Hill has set forth his vision for the FINISH Commitment, a “Global Church Focus on the Great Commission.”

Declare your pledge to prayer as part of the FINISH Commitment by completing this form>

Prayer Ministries has adopted these commitments and goals based on the ‘I’ in FINISH which stands for INTERCEDE, making prayer and worship the highest privilege and greatest responsibility of every believer.

“Whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” (Matthew 21:22 KJV).

We are committed to:

  • Commit globally to 6,000,000 hours of prayer annually for the FINISH Commitment.
  • Recruit globally 1,000,000 prayer partners, providing prayer 24/7.
  • Implement an intentional FINISH Prayer/Fasting Initiative annually in each local church, state, region, and area of the world.

As part of the plan to fulfill these goals, the Prayer Ministries Office charges each church to pray 5 minutes once a month for a Global Harvest. Below are resources for your use including a bulletin insert and power point. There are resources for 37 months, then begin back at Issue 01.

Bulletin Inserts

Power Point Files

Join these prayer connection calls (Call-in number: 641-715-3580; Access Code: 466086):

  • Saturday Night Fire Call – Each Saturday – 9:00 PM EST
  • Pray for Unreached Peoples – First Wednesday of each month – 12:30 PM EST

Seven Markers of a Praying Church

  1. Led by a praying pastor, aided by a prayer leadership team, we commit to bring prayer to the heart of all we do! “Without Christ, we can do nothing!” Without prayer, we fail to invite Him into the process. Therefore, our resources – spiritual and material – our plans and programs, we will bathe in prayer.
  2. We will encourage at-home, daily, to-be-like-Jesus praying. We will reestablish our personal and family altars. We will embrace the discipline of daily times with God, with one another as couples, and as families until daily prayer is a delight, and we take joy in spending private time with God. We will champion the idea of personal prayer rooms/closets.
  3. We will call our congregation to regular prayer, with the goal of establishing a regular weekly prayer meeting for the entire church. We will make the prayer meeting as important as Sunday morning singing and preaching. We will emphasize special days of prayer laced prayer into the fabric of the Sunday worship service. We want a pervasive movement of prayer, not merely prayer activities. Eventually, we will offer numerous ways to connect in prayer – prayer groups, prayer chains, embedded intercessors for various ministries and more.
  4. We will honor those who carry a special calling to pray – intercessors. We will identify intercessors, encourage them, train them, team them, deploy them and debrief them. But we will not confine the intercessory ministry to this team; rather, we will see them as models for prayer, as those with white-hot hearts whom God has called to be at the hidden forefront of spiritual beachheads we are called to claim. We want a spirit of intercession to grip our entire church, a spirit of prayer – and particularly, prayer for others, selfless prayer, prayer for the lost, prayer for the nations, prayer for spiritual awakening!
  5. We will engage in prayer evangelism, turning prayer outward onto the neighborhood, the city, state and nation, and we will adopt a mission field for prayer, one near and one far. We will pray for the harvest. We will seek to identify the people for whom God has made us most responsible, and we will begin the process of evangelism in prayer, look for ways to care, and steward the opportunities to share the gospel. We will employ the strategy of the ‘three Greats’ – we will pray, care and look for opportunities to share the good news.
  6. We will offer regular training in the area of prayer – for our people, leaders, intercessors, prayer evangelism, our youth and children, our families.
  7. We will work toward the creation of a prayer room or center, a physical space dedicated to prayer at our church, and we will encourage the use of such a space by members and prayer groups. We will provide resources for prayer that run through all our departments, until we have a praying church and not merely a prayer ministry.

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