A Year of Expansion
“Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, ‘Oh that you would bless me
and enlarge my territory, and that your hand might be with me, and that
you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!’
And God granted what he asked.” -I Chronicles 4:10
Do you truly believe that God has more in store for every aspect of your life, your relationships, where you work and City View Church? I do. As we begin gearing up for the fall and the end of the year, 21 Days of Prayer is a great place to start trusting God for all that He has for us as a church and as individuals and families.
No doubt there is power when we pray. It influences us in so many areas and ways. I would love for you to be part of our 21 Days of Prayer.
During our 21 Days of Prayer, we encourage you to think about adding fasting as a spiritual next step. Fasting can bring clarity and revelation into your life. (You can also choose to fast at other times of the year as you seek God, too.)
Only the intervention of God can bring what needs to be done in your life and the life of the church. Setting aside dedicated periods of prayer is important. So as your pastor, I want to encourage you to dedicate 21 days, Monday, September 9 through Sunday, September 29, to pray for specific things for one another, City View Churches, our nation, the media and our military.
I want to encourage all Wednesday and Sunday Connect classes and Sunday night Connect home groups to set aside 5-10 minutes of every gathering to pray from September 9 – 29. Besides those times of corporate prayer, pray individually, pray with your family, and pray with members of your church body.
Here are the things I would like you to focus on for each day:
Mon.Sep.09 - Pray that our relationship with God will be the most important thing in our hearts, minds, and lives. Pray that we would set aside uninterrupted, specific times to pray and seek God through His word. Pray that we would build an altar of praise, confession, thanksgiving and supplication to God throughout the course of each day and that our conversations would give God’s perspective the highest place.
Tue.Sep.10 - Pray for unity as a church as we ask God to reveal to us how He wants to use the generation before us and the generation after us for His purpose. Pray that God would show us how to bring people from diverse ethnicities, ages and economic backgrounds, to lay aside preferences to consider how Jesus wants to lead us individually and as a church.
Wed.Sep.11 – Pray for the United States of America, that as a nation we would return to biblical morals, values and truth. Pray that we would humble ourselves, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways as one nation under God. Pray for protection and healing for our nation from all acts of terror. Pray for those who are still affected by the lives lost at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA, on 9/11, 2001.
Thu.Sep.12 – Pray for the goals, vision and mission of City View Church to come to fruition by faith as we believe for God to use His Church in this year of expansion.
Fri.Sep.13 – Pray that we will develop or continue to be people of generosity. Pray that God will increase our faith and trust in Him to truly provide for our every need. That God would prompt our hearts to be generous in all situations – with our time, our abilities, and our income. Pray that we would see every opportunity to be generous as a seed that will reap a multiplied harvest.
Sat.Sep.14 – Pray for unsaved loved ones and friends. Pray that God would remove influences that are keeping them from embracing His love. Pray that God would release His healing into every area of their lives and show us where we have a place to partner with Him in that process. Pray that God would guard their hearts from every deception that would keep them from pursuing Him.
Sun.Sep.15 – Pray for people in our churches and community to experience God’s freedom from stress, depression, worry and fear. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-7
Mon.Sep.16 – Pray for people in our churches to grow in the spirit of God’s love to reach this community through the various outreaches of compassion we display to our neighbor, co-worker, classmate, people new to our church and to one another. “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Phil. 1:9-11
Tue.Sep.17 – Pray that we would be able to acknowledge and overcome barriers of sin in our lives and believe for breakthrough by the power of the Holy Spirit. “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Ps. 51
Wed.Sep.18 – Pray that as God’s people we would strive to live lives of holiness so that people can see Jesus in our eyes, feel Jesus in our touch, and hear Jesus in our voice. Pray that we can truly be Jesus with skin on to one another. “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Eph. 4:22-24
Thu.Sep.19 – Pray for the Armed Forces, that those in authority would make decisions that reflect the principles found in God’s word. Pray for those who defend our nation, along with their families, to remain safe and not be discouraged. Pray for marriages and children to be blessed and encouraged while their spouse or parent is on deployment. Pray that our country’s interests, both at home and abroad, will be protected from evil, destruction and harm.
Fri.Sep.20 – Pray for our schools and colleges. Pray that they will be protected from the plans of those who choose to do harm, both from the outside and from within. Pray that students, teachers and administrators of faith we be used to be salt and light where moral decay is happening. Pray that compassion, faith, purity and holiness will become the bedrock foundations of our schools.
Sat.Sep.21 – Pray for those who serve in our government. From the executive, the legislative and the judicial branches. Pray that those who don’t know the Lord would come to the saving knowledge of knowing Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior and that those in authority over us would honor biblical values and serve with integrity. That elections would place those who are committed to upholding Godly and Biblical principles and that we would continually pray for our government leaders both in our city and county, state and nation
Sun.Sep.22 – Pray for City View Churches to remain strong in the Lord as we strive to be people of holiness, free to proclaim God’s word in love and truth. Pray that we would be God’s salt and light. Pray that City View would be protected from evil, hatred, harm and slander, and that we would remain faithful to the culture, vision, mission, purpose, values and systems we are pursuing. Pray for our pastoral staff and their families and that the ministries of City View would grow in influence and in numbers.
Mon.Sep.23 – Pray for our media and news outlets. Pray that journalism would revive truth in reporting and promote civil public discourse. Pray that the entertainment industries would not be swayed by lust, greed, violence, addictions or materialistic values and that believers would find places of influence and honor in their respective industries. Pray that those who use social media would become less divisive and more discerning.
Tue.Sep.24 – Pray that Christians would realize their role as the necessary prayer force for America’s renewal. Pray that each would recognize this as their own, indispensable responsibility. Pray that this connection with the community of faith would be fully grasped as we humble ourselves and pray as God’s people.
Wed.Sep.25 – Pray for our nation’s culture to turn from worldliness, baseless values and depravity. That America would warrant the description of a “nation whose God is the Lord.” That God would restore brokenness in individual lives, in families, in communities and in our nation’s culture.
Thu.Sep.26 – Pray for Mission Valley, Serra Mesa, and the various places we desire as a church to reach, build and influence, including Wegeforth Elementary, Lincoln Military Housing, Civita and our Serra Mesa neighborhoods. Pray for favor, open doors, and for people to come to know Jesus throughout our city.
Fri.Sep.27 – Pray for our missionaries – both US Missions and World Missions. For a continued vision to see, the faith to believe, and the courage to do what God has placed on them. Pray for continued health, for their marriages and children, and for provision for what God has called them to do.
Sat.Sep.28 – Pray for the unchurched to be saved through our services, for people to be built in their faith through community, and for God’s word to grow through our connect groups. Pray people will discover their God-given purpose and be motivated to take their next step through our Engage growth tracks. Pray for people to become influencers for Christ as they serve God’s interest in the lives of others by making a difference in our church and community.
Sun.Sep.29 – Ignite Prayer Event – Our 21 Days of Prayer concludes with a gathering of all churches, groups and ministries (youth through adult) at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Center. We would love for all of you to be there!
Every prayer counts. Thank you for being a part of these united 21 Days of Prayer for City View Churches, one another, our community, state and nation!
You are loved and appreciated,
Pastor Troy and Therese Singleterry