Our world is shifting politically, economically, socially and morally, and the church must learn to ride this wave of change and not just bemoan it. In fact, God wants to use these changes for good, just as He used the persecution of the early church for good as they were scattered throughout the Roman empire with the good news. But, to stay nimble on our feet, we must do as the Psalmist said: “Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.” (Ps.32:6). Jesus faced His turbulent waters with prayer and urged His disciples, while in the Garden of Gethsemane, to: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the body is weak.” (Matt.26:41).

That is why, as a family of churches we are banding ourselves together to pray and fast (deny our bodies) the last 21 days of September. In our first email announcing this, we identified three “armies” we are facing that we are looking to the Lord to help us “stay on our feet” about:

  1. Learning how to do the ministry of making disciples of all nations despite the COVID turbulences.
  2. Knowing how to faithfully share both the love and truth of gospel with the LGBTQS+ community, despite a hostile culture.
  3. Repenting of any of the sins that 5 of the 7 churches in Revelation slipped into: losing our first love, giving license to false teachers, tolerating sin, incomplete obedience, lukewarmness.

Here is the link to Google Sheets for your church to sign up for one of the 21 days:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qSX-cwxJxaX6TeFvtRpLi3TIFcPnzLxWpBQD8aVyMbI/edit?usp=sharing

Here are the resources you’ll need to participate:

21 Days for Prayer & Fasting as We Enter a New Season of Ministry Announcement #1

21 Days for Prayer & Fasting Announcement #2

Prayer Devotionals for 21 Days P&F

Riding the Waves of Turbulent Change Power Point

When You Fast by Ken Roth