Prayer & Fasting

by | Sep 11, 2020

Each year we set aside two weeks for a special focus on prayer and fasting: the fall and the new year. These weeks help us build a rythum of seeking the Lord first before moving into the new seasons that lay ahead. Our best planning and efforts are no match to hearing and following the leading of the Lord.

Find ways to participate with us this year.

There are a number of ways you can join in. Grab a copy of our Prayer & Fasting Guide at Gateway, read it below or download a PDF for daily devotions, prayer focus and even a Bible reading plan. We plan on gathering for prayer on Sunday at 6:00pm and Wednesday at 7:00pm and you are welcome to join us in-person or on our YouTube channel. 

Daily Devotions


Rediscover  Jesus  

And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.  – Matthew 17:8

 Individual believers, and even the broader church, are prone to losing their focus. We get our eyes off Jesus and on to man, tradition or even our own preferences. Jesus can get lost in the mix. In the 16th century the church went through a season of rediscovering the gospel and a personal faith in Jesus, Himself, through the Reformation. This major event caused believers to see where they had missed the point and they were able to see Jesus more clearly as a result. It required humility to acknowledge wrong thinking and boldness to push through the discomfort of change.

As we begin this week let’s set our eyes on the Lord and express our desire to see Him more clearly. As we seek Him I pray that we would have moments akin to the transfiguration (Matthew 17), when some of the disciples witnessed Jesus’ majesty. Their perspectives were changed forever. May we see Him in His glory and as a result have our eyes set on Him alone.

Daily Ministry Prayer Focus

  • Kids Church and our children
  • Seasons Freestore

Bible Reading Plan

  • John 5;  Isaiah 15-17

Worship  Jesus 

And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. – Matthew 28:9

Our world is still struggling to come to terms with who Jesus is. Did He exist? Was He a good teacher? Wasn’t He just about love? I think one of the best things we can do is observe the response of Jesus’ first followers. They are the ones who spent time with Jesus as they traveled around Israel. They heard His teaching, saw His character, and witnessed the signs and wonders. Were they left with an unclear picture of Him after He died and rose again? No!

The disciples broke away from the religious context of their day, the teaching they were raised under, and began to worship Jesus! They believed and taught that He was and is God. This is so core to the movement that began with the ministry of Jesus; the conviction that Jesus was totally unique, true and divine.

Today I want to challenge you to take time to meditate on the wonder of who Jesus is: Creator of all, Immortal, All-Powerful and so on. How are you living in light of the fact that Jesus is worthy of your worship? 

Daily Ministry Prayer Focus

  • Middle School and Youth Ministry
  • Worship Team

Bible Reading Plan

  • John 6;  Isaiah 18-19

Follow  Jesus 

After this He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything, he rose and followed Him. – Luke 5:27–28  

My faith really began to flourish when I was in my last few years of high school. I was born again as a 6 year old but walked into a season of growing maturity as a teenager. God birthed a desire in me to read the Word and my life was set on a course of putting Jesus first. I remember one of the verses that spoke powerfully to me in that season. The gospels record that Jesus called Levi, also called Matthew, to follow Him as disciples. I was taken by Levi’s radical response of leaving the life He knew to obey Jesus’ command.

This changed my understanding of what it meant to be a Christian. Christians follow Jesus. Christians don’t merely agree to a statement of faith or express a general preference for a certain religious practice; they willingly submit to the Lordship of Jesus and find life as they follow. As you pray today allow Jesus to speak to you as Lord. What are the things He is calling you to do? Hear His fresh call to ‘Follow me.’ How will you respond?


Daily Ministry Prayer Focus

  • Life Groups
  • Ministry to Young Adults

Bible Reading Plan

  • John 7;  Isaiah 20-21;  Psalm 32

Spend Time With  Jesus 

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:41–42  

One of the most challenging things in this season has been limiting the number of people we have close contacts with. Zoom calls and chats are fine but are not even close to being the real deal. There is nothing like sitting together with close friends and family. Connection, comfort and love even when there is not a lot to say. As believers we have the privilege of developing a close relationship with Jesus. We spend time with Him in prayer, reading the Word and even as we spend time meditating on what He is speaking, we can become aware of His immanent presence. It makes me smile.

I also think it makes Him smile when we are with Him. Why? Because He came so that He could take us to be with Him in heaven. A relationship with Jesus isn’t a ticket to heaven alone. It is our access to relationship with Jesus Himself for all eternity! Today, set aside time to be with Jesus. Don’t focus on the ‘doing’ of a reading plan or a prayer list. Hang with Jesus and be refreshed in His presence.


Daily Ministry Prayer Focus

  • Operation Solid Lives/Discipleship
  • Missions

Bible Reading Plan

  • John 8;  Isaiah 22-23

Trust  Jesus 

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. -Revelation 19:11 

I’m going to do my best to remain politically neutral here… oh boy that sure is a lead in. We have a trust problem in our society. Politicians of every stripe, business leaders of all kinds, friends and even family members have let us down. Promises made and not kept. Commitments to do it better than the other guy and then falling into the same pattern. We can be tempted to become cynical and lose faith. It can even creep into our walk with God.

Today I want to remind you that Jesus is revealed to us as Faithful and True. What a name! It even gets capitals. Even when Jesus makes the boldest of statements: I’m coming back, I will be with you always, mountains can be moved, He means it and will do it. As we seek Him, particularly in His word but also in the testimony of others, let’s allow our trust in Him to grow. Don’t settle for an apathetic faith. It does not honour the true nature of who our Saviour is. 

What areas do you need to begin to trust Jesus in today? Invite Him into your disappointments, to heal your heart.


Daily Ministry Prayer Focus

  • Administration & Maintenance
  • Elders & Church Council

Bible Reading Plan

  • John 9;  Isaiah 24-25;  Psalm 42

Love  Jesus 

Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is, who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.  – John 14:21

The classic song, ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’, by Foreigner still expresses the heart of many people. If we’re honest it’s more like all people. The Bible makes it clear that God loves us and He proved it with action. Love for God is not just an emotion. It works the same when we want to express our love for Jesus. The greatest commandment is to love God and we can get off track if we aren’t specific about what that means in our lives.

In the verse above Jesus teaches that loving Him looks like obedience to His commands rather than simply feeling love. While I wholeheartedly believe that we also love God with our feelings we often can miss out of the action part. As we love Jesus through obedience from a heart of true love, not works based religion, we are even promised that Jesus will manifest Himself to us! What an incredible promise that we can see happen in our lives.

Lord increase our love for you as you reveal your great love for us.


Daily Ministry Prayer Focus

  • Pastor Matt & Deanna
  • Hospitality Team

Bible Reading Plan

  • John 10;  Isaiah 26-28

Anticipate  Jesus 

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. – John 14:3 

One of my favourite things is picking people up at the airport. I have so many fond memories of greeting relatives or even my immediate family after times of seperation. Standing in a crowded space with others feeling the same way, trying to keep an eye on the door they will pass through so you don’t miss the exact moment of their arrival filled with the expectation of the times you will then share together. All of a sudden you see them and shout to get their attention with smiles and hugs inevitably following. Man, can we get back to normal so we can do that again.

You and I can live everyday like we are in the arrivals area of the airport. Jesus has promised to return and has made it clear we will not know the day or the hour. Especially as we sense His return drawing near we can live with an anticipation of seeing Him face to face. Justice will finally be accomplished, our faith will become sight and eternal life will be ours in the fullest sense. Allow the promise of His return to stir hope in your heart today. Hey, even imagine what you would like to do with Him when He brings you to Himself.


Daily Ministry Prayer Focus

  • Sound and Technical Team
  • Ministries to Men & Women

Bible Reading Plan

  • John 11;  Isaiah 29-30