WELCOME TO THE NEWSONG’S 21 DAYS OF PRAYER!
We believe God gives power to our prayers and our words, and we believe He works in our times of fasting. We know God is going to work in our church and in your life as we set aside this time to pray to Him, to lift up our families, our workplaces, our city, and our world.
The last year has been a heavy one, collectively for our world as well as individually for so many. Though we don’t know what this next year holds, we know God has a plan both for NEWSONG and for you. Join with us as we seek direction as well as healing, for God holds both within Himself. Whatever the last year has looked like for you, be encouraged that God draws near to us as we draw near to Him. Be expectant that He is doing a new thing, even now, beyond what we can see and understand. And be encouraged as you join with a community that is praying and fasting with trust and hope. You are not alone. We are praying for you as you pray, believing that God will meet you right here and now.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God explains what He does when His people pray:
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
In Mark 9:29, Jesus explains the importance of prayer to His own followers after they could not perform the miracle of casting away an evil spirit:
“So He, [Jesus,] said to them, ‘This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.’”
Jesus emphasizes the power that there is when people pray together in Matthew 18:19-20:
‘“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.’”
Jesus teaches His disciples (and us) how to pray in Matthew 6 in a way that touches on so many areas of life and relationship with God. Ultimately, it is important that we know just how much God wants communication and communion with us, how He listens and cares about our prayers, and how He has allowed our prayers to be powerful by nature. If we stand on these things and make prayer a faithful discipline and practice, imagine all that could change. God can do more than we imagine, and He invites us to participate with our prayers!
Practically, prayer can happen any time, any place. You can pray on your commute, before a meeting, as you fall asleep at night, or prior to eating. In fact, the Bible encourages us to pray constantly.
However, we also know that there is something powerful about setting aside a specific time dedicated to prayer. Just like other disciplines, removing distractions helps us focus better on the task at hand. Adding prayer into our daily habits reminds us to trust God, to bring our needs to Him, and to set Him as a priority in our busy-ness. It also encourages us to slow down, listen, and allow ourselves to hear God’s voice. Regular, dedicated times of prayer strengthen our relationship with God, renew our hearts and minds, and bring powerful change to people and places that need it.
CREATING A LIFESTYLE OF PRAYER
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.
Prayer is most effective when it isn’t something we do every now and then, but when it’s a lifestyle we cultivate. To understand how to have a lifestyle of prayer, we can look at the example Jesus gave during His life on earth.
HAVE A CERTAIN TIME
Jesus got up early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. Make a daily appointment with God — whether it’s first thing in the morning, at lunch, or in the evening — and faithfully keep it.
HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE
Jesus had a specific place He went to pray. Having a designated place to pray helps us remove distractions and frees us to worship and pray out loud.
HAVE A CERTAIN PLAN
When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave them a prayer outline. We call it “The Lord’s Prayer.” As we pray every day, our plans for our prayer time can vary, maybe including worship music, Bible reading, and quiet time to listen to God. It doesn’t always have to look the same; it just helps when we have a plan for connecting regularly with God.
For each of the three weeks, we are focusing on something specific:
Week 1 Focus
The Names of God - How God reveals Himself and what it means in relation to humanity.
Week 2 Focus
The Names of Jesus - How God reveals Himself and what it means in relation to humanity.
Week 3 Focus
One Another, Our Church, City, and World
We encourage you to take notes, write out your own prayers or responses, and circle or underline anything that stands out to you. The more you interact with this, the more opportunity it has to take root in your heart.
You’ll notice that each day contains at least one verse from the Bible. We want to pray prayers that align with God’s Word. It’s a powerful combination to pair Scripture and prayer, and we encourage you to do this in your regular practice.