21 Days of Prayer

21 Days of Prayer
 
I am praying that you will join us and take the challenge to Pray for 21 Days, January 7- 27st.  This will turn your life upside down and change you forever, but you have to do your part and engage God.  This is not just me telling you, “you should pray”, it is in God’s word, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV) pray without ceasing. Jesus states in Mark 11:17 “My house shall be called a house of prayer…”.  In 2 Corinthians 6:16 it states, “For you are the temple of the living God”, this means we should be God’s house of prayer always seeking a closer relationship with Him.
 
Prayer is our way of communicating with God. It is the avenue or conduit to His heart.  It allows us to be completely open with God in our thoughts, concerns, frustrations, and struggles. It is also an opportunity to come before Him with praise and thanksgiving for all the goodness He continuously shows us.
 
Moreover, it is a time where we our changed in His presence.  Yes, I said where we are changed.  Prayer is not to change God, nor is it to align God with our plans or purpose.  Prayer is to change us according to His word, so we are aligned with His plans and purpose for our lives.  These 21 Days are a great opportunity to surrender our will, so His will, will be manifested in our lives. The perfect will of the Father is the best for us, because He knows our needs and what is best for us.  It is in His will where peace and joy for our lives will be found.  Furthermore, it is an opportunity to have a relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  This is where we find the strength to do all things. As stated in Philippians 4:13 “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.   It is in prayer where we can understand that we are a child of God and that we have benefits as His children.
 
This said, will you join me these 21 Days of Prayer, so we can grow our relationship closer to God and watch Him move in our lives in ways that we have never seen before?
 
Below are some scriptures to help you build your confidence over the 21 Days of Prayer. Believe what you pray, have faith in what you pray, and then have an expectation that you have received what you have asked of God.  When you start to expect, then you will start to prepare for the blessing to come.  This is a great step of faith, which God loves to see in all His children.  Additionally, I have added a guide of suggested prayer topics for each of the 21 Days that will allow you to focus on certain areas of your life.
 
Mark 11:24 (NKJV) 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
 
John 16:23 (NKJV) 23 “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.  
 
Romans 8:26 (NKJV) 26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
 
Philippians 4:6–7 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
 
1 John 5:14–15 (NKJV) Confidence and Compassion in Prayer 14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
 
Luke 18:1 (NKJV) Parable of the Woman and the Judge 18 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,
 
Mark 14:35–42 (NKJV) — 35 He went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him. 36 And He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.” 37 Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? 38 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 Again He went away and prayed, and spoke the same words. 40 And when He returned, He found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy; and they did not know what to answer Him. 41 Then He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”
 
Matthew 6:9–13 (NKJV) — 9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
 
Luke 11:2–4 (NKJV) — 2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”
 
 

Day 1: Pray that you experience the Love of God. (God’s love, Love for yourself, and Love for others)

  • 1 John 4:8–10 (NKJV) — 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  • 1 John 4:16 (NKJV) — 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
 

Day 2: Pray about the condition of your heart. Ask God to reveal anything that needs to change or be removed. Come to Him about all things and do not hide anything from Him.

  • 1 John 3:20 (NKJV) — 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
  • Psalm 44:21 (NKJV) — 21 Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
 

Day 3: Pray for God’s will for your life.  (Listen and seek)

  • Luke 11:2–4 (NKJV) — 2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.”
 

Day 4: Pray for wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

  • Proverbs 2:6–7 (NKJV) — 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;
  • James 1:5 (NKJV) — 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
 

Day 5: Pray for God’s help to allow you to receive His forgiveness as well as allow you to forgive others.

  • 1 John 5:14 (NKJV) — 14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
 

Day 6: Pray for a hunger and desire to please God in all that you say and do.

  • John 6:35 (NKJV) — 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
  • Psalm 37:4 (NKJV) — 4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
  • Colossians 1:10 (NKJV) — 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
 

Day 7: Pray to become and make disciples.

  • Matthew 4:19 (NKJV) — 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
  • Matthew 28:18–20 (NKJV) — 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
 

Day 8: Pray for the ability to “Go Share” your testimony.

  • 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV) — 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
 

Day 9: Pray that you do not get weary in well doing.

  • Galatians 6:9 (NKJV) — 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
 

Day 10: Pray for deliverance of any addictions.

  • Psalm 34:17 (NKJV) — 17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.
  • James 4:7 (NKJV) — 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
 

Day 11: Pray for your family. (marriages, spouses, kids or future spouses and kids)

  • Deuteronomy 6:4–9 (NKJV) — 4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
 

Day 12: Pray for your career.

  • Joshua 1:9 (NKJV) — 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
 

Day 13: Pray for PEAK Worship and your Pastors.

  • Matthew 16:18 (NKJV) — 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
  • Ephesians 4:13 (NKJV) — 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
  • 1 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV) — 9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak.
  • 1 Peter 5:6 (NKJV) — 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
 

Day 14: Pray for our Country. (All government, local authorities, first responders, schools, etc..)

  • 1 Timothy 2:1–4 (NKJV) — 1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
  • Romans 13:1 (NKJV) — 1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.
 

Day 15: Pray for Israel.

  • Psalm 122:6–7 (NKJV) — 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you. 7 Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces.”
  • Genesis 12:3 (NKJV) — 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
 

Day 16: Pray for your neighbor.

  • James 2:8 (NKJV) — 8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well;
 
  Day 17 thru 21 We will be praying the “Jabez Prayer” broken out daily as follows:
 
  • 1 Chronicles 4:10 (NKJV) — 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, (Day 17) “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, (Day 18) and enlarge my territory, (Day 19) that Your hand would be with me, (Day 20) and that You would keep me from evil, (Day 21) that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.
 

Day 17: Pray that God will bless you indeed. (bless you in all areas of your life) Day 18: Pray for God to enlarge your territory. For example, opportunities to minister, workplace (promotion, advancement, business opportunities), finances, favor, etc… Day 19: Pray that you always walk where God’s hand is upon you.  Pray that you are never out of the will of God for your life. Day 20: Pray for God’s divine protection from all evil. Day 21: Pray that your lifestyle always shows the light of Christ to others. Pray that you walk in blessing, joy, and peace and never in grief or hardship.


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Go Share! Romans Road

Go Share (Romans Road)
 

I am so excited about GO SHARE! This is our summer campaign for June, July and August where I am challenging you to Go Share Christ. Everyone has a story (testimony) on how Jesus changed their life, so let’s Go Share it! We were all told to go out and share the Gospel and be ready at all times: 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV) “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”.

Many times, individuals are not quite sure how to share their story, so I want to help you with a few tips. There should be a passion about what Jesus has done for you.  If there is not, then I recommend taking some time and reflecting on who Jesus is in your life and how He has changed your life. There should be a passion that He saved you, sanctified you and calls you His child.  You do not want your love ones nor anyone else to go to hell. 

The most important part of sharing is to tell others your story (testimony).  It is who you are! It should have passion, love and excitement for what Jesus has done for you.  It is not about reciting and reading the bible to someone, it is about YOUR STORY! After you share your story, there is a great chance, if they do not already know Jesus, that they will want to know Him. This is your opportunity to share the ROMANS ROAD.  The Romans Road is a journey of salvation, which guides you through a specific list of scriptures allowing you to lead an individual to the Lord.  Let’s take this journey together.
 

ROMANS ROAD

Romans 3:23 (ESV)for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 3:10 (ESV)as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

These scriptures are used not to point out that they alone are a sinner but ALL of us are sinners.  There is never a point in time you should focus on someone’s sins without realizing we ALL have sinned.  They probably already feel isolated, but it is comforting that we are all experiencing the same things.  You and I have sinned and fall short.  Make sure to include yourself.  Why, because it is truth!

 

Romans 5:12 (ESV)Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—

This is a perfect time to introduce Jesus.  The one on whom God laid all of our iniquity (Isa. 53:6).  How He (Jesus) paid the price for us.  Moreover, purchasing us as His own

(1 Cor. 6:20). He took the beating and paid what we owed in full, so we may have life. 

 

Romans 6:23 (ESV)For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 1:20 (ESV)For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Romans 5:8 (ESV)but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Here we continue the journey to identify what is sin.  Sin is death, which is not literally death as we know it of our physical bodies, but the separation from God.  Since we are sinners, God gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16) as a free gift for those who choose to believe in Him.  We are all sinners and still sin, but in God’s unconditional love, His son died for you and me, so we may live in eternity with Him.

 

Romans 10:9–10 (ESV)because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Romans 10:13 (ESV)For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 5:1 (ESV)Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:1 (ESV)There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:38–39 (ESV)For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Make sure to explain, that this is an incredible gift, which is FREE.  All you have to do is confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.  There is nothing else you need to do!  You cannot receive it through works nor can you purchase it. It is about confessing and believing, then living the rest of your life for Christ.  This is the Good News! Likewise, explain how everyone who calls upon the Lord will be saved and how all sin will be forgiven.  There is not a scale like those we have in our society, where one sin is greater than the other.  No matter what you have done you are saved.  Remember, God said if you sin in one area you have sinned in all (James 2:10). There is now no condemnation for those who believe.  The is liberating to know that I am forgiven and saved.  Therefore, since God sees you as a new creation, it is important that you do as well.  Know that you are saved and are a new person.  Start living a life for Christ.

Make sure to invite them to church, so they can experience the love and passion that you receive from church as well.

Equally important, you may utilize additional scripture that might not be in Romans.  For example, John 3:16 and 2 Cor. 5:21.

I want to make sure I am very clear.  We are all in the same boat, trying to get to the same place, which is heaven.  So, this is not about isolating or condemning anyone but leading them with love to know and receive Christ just as Holy Spirit would do, in love.


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Daniel’s Fast

January 12, 2018

We are holding our annual Daniel’s Fast, January 8th – 28th. Fasting is a spiritual commitment between you and God. I am challenging you to fast and pray with us for 21 days from January 8th – 28th. I want you to stretch your faith and make it a sacrifice that will get your flesh’s attention. During this time of fasting and prayer, you can expect spiritual growth through your act of discipline. The reason we are fasting and praying this year is to gain a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior. Remember, if it is not a sacrifice for us, then don’t expect God to be in the midst of your situation. Fasting without prayer is called a diet. The object is not to diet, our goal is to exercise our faith, move mountains and bring in God’s supernatural favor and power into our lives. Mark 9:29 “And he said unto them, this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting”. I want you to reach your PEAK in God. Join us, as we come together to pray and watch as God changes each of our individual situations. Be sure to share your testimony and miracle with us, email us at admin@peakworship.com

Also, stay plugged in during this time; as we blog recipes, provide devotionals and much more via PEAKworship.com. If you have not already liked us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, Do It Now!! Remember, I am hosting #PDJ Live each Tuesday at Noon via Facebook and Instagram. We will be also posting scripture and encouraging quotes to help you be successful during this time of prayer and fasting. One more thing, I am praying for your prayer requests daily. To get your prayer request on my prayer list, post your prayer request on our Facebook or Instagram page or via our webpage @peakworship.com

God and I believe in you. You can walk through these 21 days and experience God like never before. Stay focused, keeping the mind of Christ, which says you CAN!

Pastor Daniel


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Hanukkah

Celebrating the Festival of Lights

Hanukkah is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil.  Translated as the “Festival of Lights”.  Hanukkah is a remembrance and celebration of the menorah’s one day supply of oil that miraculously burned for eight days after the Jews regained control of the desecrated Temple from the Syrians.  This rekindling of the menorah signified the “Light of God” coming back to His people, as the Temple was regained and the worship of Jehovah was reinstated.

As you celebrate Hanukkah with Jews and Christians around the world, the following instructions will lead you in the proper observance of this wonderful occasion.

How to Celebrate Hanukkah…                                                                                        

     1.  Acquire a Chanukkiah (a nine-branched candlestick)

     2.  Place candles in each holder, filling all nine positions.  Then recite the following blessings at dusk/nightfall on the first day of Hanukkah before lighting any of the candles. Note: only on the first night do you say the Shehecheyanu Prayer.

“Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has granted us life, and sustained   us, and brought us to this season.”

     3.  Light the Shammash candle (servant candle).  This candle is usually elevated and found in the center position.  You will light this candle first and then use it to light the other candles each night.  Note: the Shammash candle does not count as one of the eight candles to be lit.  It is the servant candle used to light all the other candles each night.

The following blessings are to be prayed each night of Hanukkah after lighting the Shammash candle and before lighting any other candle.

“Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah.”

“Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who performed miracles for our ancestors, at this season, on days past.”

     4.  Using the Shammash candle, light only the first candle on the far right of the chanukkiah and repeat the following blessing:

“We kindle these lights to commemorate the miracles and the wonders, and the victorious battles that You achieved for our fathers in those days, at this season, through Thy holy priest. During all the eight days of Hanukkah these lights are sacred, and we are not permitted to make use of them; but we are only to look at them, in order to give thanks and to praise Your Name for Your miracles, Your wonders and Your salvation.”

     5.  Repeat steps three and four each night, lighting an additional candle for each evening.  Always light candles from right to left.

Daily Prayer Focus during Hanukkah

Following are recommended areas to focus your thoughts and prayers on each evening. 

  1. Recognize and worship Yeshua as the “Light of the World”
  2. Rededicate everything in your life to Yeshua
  3. Recognize and proclaim Yeshua as the restorer and ultimate victory in every area of your life just as He was with the Restoration of the Temple
  4. Celebrate your family and offer blessings for each member
  5. Pray for your friends’ salvation, blessings and healing
  6. Pray for PEAK Worship to be a light in the community
  7. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for Jews worldwide
  8. Thank Yeshua for His keeping you through this year and ask Him to prepare your heart and spirit for the New Year.

References to Hanukkah:

Numbers 7:11; 84-89; II Chronicles 7:1-12; Ezra 6:14-22; Nehemiah 12:26-30; Psalm 30:1-12; Matthew 5:16; John 2:19; 10:22-23


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