Since the very beginning of Life City Church in 2014, we knew our greatest tool to build this church would be to be people of prayer. That is why our rally cry has always been, “pray first.” In every situation, whether good or bad, our response is to pray before we act. In many cases, our human nature is to act first and then ask God to rescue us, but instead of using prayer as a last resort, let’s make prayer our first response.
Simply knowing that prayer is necessary is not enough. We must make it an integral part of our life, to do so, requires prayer becoming something we desire. I would take an experienced guess and say that for everyone who says they don’t enjoy prayer, have never truly been taught how to pray. This prayer journal has been created to help with that. We have taken several different models of prayer straight out of the Word of God to assist you in your 21 Day journey of learning or maybe re-learning a more effective method of prayer. Our desire is for prayer to become more personal, more enjoyable, and ultimately more powerful in your life. We believe you should enjoy your time spent with your Heavenly Father.
As you discover the beauty of a daily conversation with the Lord, you’ll also experience the presence of God in a way that will change your life.
Once you learn a more effective way to pray, prayer can become a daily discipline in your everyday life. That’s when…
Before your day begins
Before you to go bed
Before you go to work or school
Before you send a text
Before you eat, drive or travel
When bad things happen
Before bad things happen
In every single situation — PRAY FIRST!
Because…PRAYER CHANGES EVERYTHING!
PASTOR TIM DUNN
DAILY PRAYER TOPICS
WEEK 1 - FELLOWSHIP
DAY 1 - HEARING
DAY 5 - BELIEVING
DAY 2 - ABIDING
DAY 6 - SEEING
DAY 3 - SEEKING
DAY 7 - KNOWING
DAY 4 - TRUSTING
WEEK 2 - CLARITY
DAY 1 - PURPOSE
DAY 5 - DISICIPLINE
DAY 2 - DIRECTION
DAY 6 - ACCOUNTABILITY
DAY 3 - REVELATION
DAY 7 - WISDOM
DAY 4 - UNDERSTANDING
WEEK 3 - COMMUNITY
DAY 1 - OUR CITY & COUNTY
DAY 5 - PASTORS & LEADERS
DAY 2 - LIFE CITY MINISTRIES
DAY 6 - OUR NATION
DAY 3 - FAMILIES & MARRIAGES
DAY 7 - OUTPOURING
DAY 4 - SMALL GROUPS & TEAMS
WHY WE PRAY
The power of prayer deepens our dependence on Him and sharpens our faith. When we pray we choose to put everything in God’s hands knowing that His hand will show up in every aspect of our lives and in those around us.
The act of prayer is what creates our intimacy with God. We can practice the spiritual habit of prayer knowing that our requests go to a God who hears us and who invites us to be intimately involved in His plan. For this reason, we pray in confidence knowing that our prayers are powerful and can bring about change in any circumstance.
There are no levels to this. We all can enter prayer with a posture of trust, openness, and faith, believing that God can do far more than we could even ask or imagine. It’s not about our circumstances, it’s about our heart stance.
WHY WE FAST
Fasting is the practice of choosing to abstain from food for a certain period of time. It is a spiritual discipline, the purpose of which is training to become more like Jesus. The motivation of our fasting is to draw closer to the heart of God. Fasting is a Christian discipline to break the power of the flesh in our life – our desires, sins, and cravings – and to feed on the Holy Spirit.
“Fasting helps us to express, to deepen, and to confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves, to attain the Kingdom of God.” - Scot McKnight.
In summary, fasting is not about getting from God but it is about getting to God.
There are different types of fasting, and we recommend prayerfully considering which practice is best for you at this time.
LIQUID FAST: Consuming only liquids for a specific period of time
PARTIAL FAST: Abstaining from specific kinds of food. For example: Daniel Fast
TV/SOCIAL MEDIA: Choosing to abstain from certain technologies for a specific period of time