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Annual 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

January 3-23, 2023

There are two profound statements made by Christ describing prayer. Jesus said, “Men ought always to pray and not to faint,” and he also said, “It is written, my house is the house of prayer.” These two quotes from the Lord are well known and well worn, but let’s take a fresh look at them. They continue to reveal the most rudimentary key to Christian life and Christian activity in this world.

The International Children’s Bible says, “Then Jesus used this story to teach his followers that they should always pray and never lose hope.”

Download the printable 21 Days Prayer Guides.pdf

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Prayer Guide for January 3 - 9:

• Thank the Father for his ability and readiness to give, guide, and respond in response to our prayers (John 16:23).

• Confess for yourself or your church any lack of devotion to prayer. Ask God to help your church and its leaders be devoted to or “diligently occupied with” prayer (Colossians 4:2, Acts 1:14; Acts 2:42; Acts 6:4).

• Ask God to help your church family pray as the needs arise, spontaneously, and to cover everything in prayer (Ephesians 6:8).

• Ask God to make you alert to needs in your church family and to “keep on praying continually” for all members of your church family (Ephesians 6:8).

• Ask the Father to help you and your church to pray as Jesus urged you to pray—continually asking, seeking, and knocking (Matthew 7:7-8).

• Pray for power and wisdom to know the “greater things” the Father wants you and your church to do for Him (John 14:12-14).

• Ask the Father to help you see beyond just personal needs and to focus on kingdom concerns (Matthew 6:33).

• Pray that your church will pray faithfully and powerfully for your city, community, nation, and leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

• Pray for your pastor and ministry leaders (Romans 15:30).

• Thank God that the “hearts desire” of your church would be to pray for the unsaved and that He would give your church practical opportunities to reach out to your community ( Romans 10:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-4)

Prayer Guide for January 10 - 16:

• Praise God for Jesus Christ who came to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 15:1-31; 19:9-10).

• Give thanks for the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is the power of God for salvation to all who believe (Romans 1:16).

• Recall your personal testimony of salvation, and thank God for His deliverance (Psalm 40:1-3).

• Ask God to send forth laborers into the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38).

• Ask God to reveal to us-individually and corporately-believers where He is working so that we may focus our efforts more effectively (John 6:44; 17:3, 15).

• Ask the Father to empower and anoint excellent ministries to the young harvest of children and youth (Matthew 19:14; Acts 2:17).

• Intercede for unsaved individuals you know personally, and claim the following promises for them (John 14:6; Romans 10: 9-11; Matthew 18:18).

• Pray that God’s kingdom will come and His will be done in individuals’ hearts, families, cities, nations, and the world, even as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:9-13; Daniel 4:34-35).

• Pray for God’s direction and discernment in our outreach and evangelism efforts (Mark 16:15).

• Ask God to grant access for the Gospel through open heavens, open minds, open hearts, and open doors (Isaiah 45:8; Acts 26:17, 18; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Colossians 4:2-3).

• Pray that grace be the basis of all stewardship and a matter of the heart (1 Peter 4:10).

• Pray for abundant provision through faithful tithing and giving that leads to whole-life stewardship also including time, talent, health, and family (Luke 20:25, 21:4, Malachi 3:12)

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PRAYER GUIDE for January 17-23:

• Give thanks to God for the outward focus and ministries of the Oasis Bethany Church (Acts 1:8).

• Ask God to strengthen church leadership and bless the efforts of churches and ministries where they minister (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

• Pray for a fresh wind of the Spirit to bring a revival in our church and in every church in our community. (Psalm 85:6-7; Acts 2:2-4, 17-18)

• Ask God to send forth laborers into the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38).

• Ask God to raise up leaders in intercession, worship, and servant ministries to help loose the bands of wickedness and prepare for the return of Our Lord (Isaiah 58:6-10).

• Pray that the Father would raise up anointed leaders to serve the young harvest through children’s and youth ministries (Psalm 78:4).

• Pray that men, women, boys, and girls would embrace the call of God and our efforts to equip them for ministry would be successful (Jeremiah 1:5; 2 Peter 1:10-11; Ephesian 4:12).

• Pray for those already engaged in ministry that the Holy Spirit will use them to equip his people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up (Ephesians 4:11-13)