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21 DAYS OF PRAYER, FASTING, AND FITNESS – 2021

August 29 to September 18, 2021

DAY 21: PRAY TO LEVEL UP – WILSON MORALES

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WILSON MORALES

SCRIPTURE

COLOSSIANS 2:6-7
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

DEVOTION

We made it to Day 21, WALK fam! We’re grateful you’ve joined us on this journey of 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Fitness! We hope that you’ve experienced level up in your relationship with the Lord, and that you continue to walk in that freedom!
As we lean into Colossians 2:6-7, Paul is sharing with us a few practical ways to level up in our faith walk with Jesus. First, he is telling us to be “rooted and built up in Him”. Our foundation must be Jesus. The discipline of prayer and fasting is so amazing, in that it helps us disconnect from worldy things, and connect deeper to the Lord. I pray that these past 21 days has helped you unroot from the world, and built you up in Him. Second, Paul is telling us to be “established in faith”. The journey of leveling up is never easy. Just like the discipline of fitness, we must endure stress and pain, but the result of our struggle is a more established faith, able to withstand our challenges and stand firm against trials. Lastly, we should “abound in thanksgiving”. There is so much to be thankful for! He has done great things in our lives, is continuing to do great things, and has so many more great things in store for us! We can’t help but be thankful! One sign that you have leveled up is that you are more grateful.
I’m thankful for WALK Church and I’m grateful to be a part of the team! I’m grateful for every leader who contributed devotions and prayer points, and I am pumped to keep leveling up! Pastor Heiden has a lot of exciting things to share with us tomorrow, so make it to church, and bring a friend! Let’s keep leveling up, WALK fam!

PRAYER

Jesus, I thank You for sustaining me these past 21 days. I thank You for revealing Yourself to me in new ways, and for helping me grow in my relationship with You. I thank You for causing level up in my faith and fitness, and I pray that you continue to work in me. Help me be like a strong tree, rooted in You, established in You, able to stand firm in the trials and triumphs of life, and sprout leaves of thanksgiving that provide life and support to the people around me. Reveal areas in my life that need leveling up, and give me the strength and wisdom to grow in those areas. Thank you, Lord!

ACTION STEP

  • Come to the 6 Year Anniversary, and bring a friend! Let’s level up together! We believe that freedom is experienced in community, and there’s nothing better than celebrating birthdays with the family and walking through the journey with your loved ones.

IDEAS:

  • Keep the momentum going! We’ve built new habits in praying, fasting, and fitness, so let’s keep leveling up in those components. Keep praying and fitness a part of your daily rhythm, and consider keeping fasting a part of your monthly schedule.
  • Keep praying for the prayer points! Our leaders did an awesome job highlighting different areas that we can be praying for, so let’s keep those in our hearts and minds even as we conclude our 21 Days.

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run, jog, or walk the twenty-first mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 30 sit-ups and 30 push-ups.

DAY 20: PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE INCARCERATED – BRANDON WADE

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BRANDON WADE

SCRIPTURE

Hebrews 13:3 (NIV)
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. 

DEVOTION

As we remember people to pray for we should remember those who are locked up in jails and prisons. If we are honest we can say that those who are imprisoned are “the forgotten” But Jesus has not forgotten them, so neither should we. In fact, he calls us to love, pray, and visit those in prison. We are all created in the image of God and no one is beyond His reach.

Currently, there are about 2.1 million people incarcerated in the United States, and our nation leads all other nations with that statistic. Society has written off those who are imprisoned, They say “do the crime, do the time”. And there’s a lot of truth in that but we still need to love and pray for them. The same God who offers His love and forgiveness to us has offered it to those who are incarcerated as well. Pray that God would change and mold their hearts, and give them a desire to want to live for Him and that they would know and feel His love. Imagine being locked up and feeling hopeless, lonely and that no one cares for you, you might even feel unloved. You’re isolated and away from your family. Those who are locked up need to know that there is a God who loves them, and will forgive them. “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth” – Psalm 145:18. They may not be able to be physically free, but they can be spiritually free, in and through Christ.

I’m a juvenile probation officer and I work at a lock-up facility called Spring Mountain Youth Camp. I get to work with youth in a lock-up facility and I have the privilege of sharing the love of Christ with them. I get to encourage them and share the good news of Jesus with them. From time to time I will lead a Bible study, and I always have a few youths asking me when the next one will be. That lets me know that there is a hunger for God’s word.

God is near to the broken hearted, and those who are locked up, youth and adults alike are broken hearted. Earlier this week Pastor Josh shared a good devotional about seeing people through the lens that God sees them. What a perfect way to do that here! God’s redemption is for us all. Jesus says “It’s not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners”. -Mark 2:17. We and the prisoners alike are sinners, in need of God’s grace.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father I come before you in Jesus name, lifting up those who are incarcerated in jails and in prisons all over our city, from CCDC to Spring Mountain Youth Camp, High Desert, Indian Springs, and every other institution across the state, and our nation. I pray for those who call you Lord, may you use them to be a light to others around them, and may they feel encouraged and remind them of your love for them. For the many who don’t know you, may you draw them to you. May they experience freedom in you and in your son Jesus. Change their hearts, change their ways. I also pray for protection from the dangers that they face from day to day. As many of them might be missing their families and loved ones, I ask that you help them get through the loneliness that they might be feeling and feel any void they might have with your presence and your peace. Lastly, Lord I pray for Christians all over the world who are incarcerated because of their faith, help them to stand strong in the faith. Amen

ACTION STEP

  • Reach out to someone who is incarcerated.

IDEAS:

  • If you know someone personally who is incarcerated reach out to them by writing them a letter.
  • If you know someone who is locked up and your able to, put commissary on their books

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run, jog, or walk the twentieth mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 29 sit-ups and 29 push-ups.

DAY 19: PRAY FOR VISION TO SEE PEOPLE THE WAY GOD SEES PEOPLE – PASTOR JOSH CARTER

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PASTOR JOSH CARTER

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 9:35-37 NASB
35 Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness.36 Seeing the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and downcast, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” 

DEVOTION

As Jesus would go from town to town, He was moved with compassion to bless others every place he went.  In Verse 36, it says, “seeing the crowds, Jesus felt compassion.” This word compassion is a word picture in the original language. It means to be moved in one’s bowels.  It means to feel so deeply in your inner being, that it motivates you to act.  Here’s a question, when was the last time you were so deeply moved with compassion for someone that you were moved to do something about it?

But what moved Jesus to compassion?  When Jesus looked upon the crowds, he noticed their physical challenges. As a matter of fact, the scripture tells us that he was healing disease and sickness.  But it wasn’t necessarily just the physical needs that moved Jesus to action, but rather their deep spiritual need to know the God who loves them.  Jesus looked beyond the physical and was broken by the deeper spiritual need. He called these people, “sheep without a shepherd.” These people were created for a deep relationship with a Good Shepherd they never knew.  They were not created to be orphan sheep. They were created to know the comforts, security, and identity of belonging to the fold of God.  You see, sheep without a shepherd are vulnerable. They are lost, confused, easily deceived, and discontented. When Jesus looked at these people, he was deeply bothered by their spiritual condition.  In fact, this is what compelled Him to sacrifice his own life on the cross, on our behalf, so that through faith in Him, our relationship with God, our Good Shepherd, could be restored.

As a church planter and pastor in Portland, Oregon, we would host mission teams from across the country to come help us.  Often, our mission teams would come highly motivated to share the love of Jesus and the Gospel with others. The week would come and go, and we would face many challenges and wins along the way. But it was what happened on the last night of the trip that was so life-shaping for the team. On that night, we would host a final meeting.  We would hear story after story about how God moved throughout the week. But just before we closed the meeting, I often asked this one question. “What is the one thing that you wish you could change about the trip?”  It was a strategic question. In fact, it was rare that we didn’t hear at least one person on the team say, “I just wish I could have had more conversations with people.”  I loved this response!  It seemed the Lord always had this answer given so that we could share a life shaping challenge.  When I heard this, I would always respond by saying, “I love that feedback and here is why…think about all we did and all the places we went this week.  We went to coffee shops, we rode on public transportation, we ate at restaurants, we worked at a school.  In fact, if you really think about it, we were around people all day, every single day.” You see, the reality is, we’re around people all the time, we just don’t “see” them.  In fact, God is working all the time around us, but do we see Him?

I love that Jesus challenges his disciples the same way He is challenging us today. He says, “the fields are plentiful, but the workers are few.” I don’t believe Jesus is saying that there aren’t enough Christians in the valley to change our city or that the harvest field is not ready in Las Vegas. Remember, Jesus started the early church planting movement and changed the world with just eleven disciples.  I think Jesus is saying, God is working in our city but there are not enough Christians who are “looking” for it. There are not enough Christians “seeing” people.

PRAYER

Father, I come before You in Jesus’ name by the power of Your Holy Spirit. I ask that you help me “see” the people around me. I pray you help me “see” where you are working and join You in your harvest field. I pray you would use me to be your physical presence in the lives of those who have the deep spiritual need to know you. Lord, move me with deep compassion for the lostness around me every single place I go today. May that compassion move me to intentional action as I join you on mission today. Help me to see You and see others that need You.

ACTION STEP

  • Use the acronym “SEE” in your life today and join God at work around you.

IDEAS:

S – SLOW DOWN

  • Intentionally slow down and look for an opportunity to join God’s activity today.
  • Pray before you start your day. Ask God to show you someone to intentionally encourage today.
  • At the coffee shop or restaurant, decide not to rush. Go inside and as the Lord brings you to conversations, ask how people are doing.
  • Slow Down. Look For God. Listen. Ask questions.
  • And….

E – ENCOURAGE

  • As you are slowing down, expecting God to show you that person to engage, speak a word of encouragement to someone.  Show them you care.
  • Buy them a meal, coffee, or take a co-worker a small gift as the Lord leads you.
  • Then…

E – EAT

  • If you really want to slow down, spend intentional time with someone else and see how God will use you in their life. Invite them to lunch or dinner with the purpose of listening and encouraging them.
  • Ask them about their story. Tell them your story. Include what Jesus is doing in your life.
  • If you have the opportunity, ask them about their relationship with Jesus, Church, or spiritual matters.
  • Ask them if they attend church. Invite them as your guest to Walk Church.

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run, jog, or walk the nineteenth mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 28 sit-ups and 28 push-ups.

DAY 18: PRAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY – ANDRES RAMIREZ

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ANDRES RAMIREZ

SCRIPTURE

Hebrews 10:24 ESV
 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

DEVOTION

So far this week we have intentionally prayed for our Nation, followed by praying for our city, and now, today I want you to pray for YOUR community.

As I have studied concepts of memory retention and recall, I’ve learned that people are more likely to remember things, events, or experiences that they shared with the community they share life with as opposed to those experiences that were not shared, celebrated, or endured together. It’s quite possible that we as believers in Christ are living our Christian lives in relative isolation from the community we share life with, and therefore our Christian memories are not as vivid as those we have from the world.

We recently started hosting our sixth semester of Charge Group in our home. I can state unequivocally that our experiences, our relationships, and our memories relating to our walk with Christ are more vivid, enriching and authentic since we started sharing our journey with our Christian community as well as those that are not believers. We’ve grown deeper in our faith, and we’ve grown deeper bonds and relationships with those who are joining us on this journey with Christ.

Proverbs 18:1 states: “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” I want to challenge our Christian brothers and sisters to reflect on how they have lived their journey with Christ. Whether that has been in the context of community or now. Here are some questions to process when thinking about this subject:

  • Are you walking alone, isolated from other Christians?
  • Are you neglecting to meet together with other Christians?
  • Are you celebrating the important events that happen in your life with your Christian family?
  • Do you attend a weekly Charge Group?
  • Are you walking in Christian community?

PRAYER

Lord, thank you for guiding me on this journey. I praise you for being a loving God who is for us and not against us. Lord, I pray that you draw us nearer to you and nearer to each other. I pray that we have the courage to live our lives as Christians together and not alone. Lord, give us the boldness to praise each other as we walk our journey. Remove the habit of neglecting to meet with each other, for we know where two or more gather in your name you are there. Lord, we want to be where you are. I pray that my Christian brothers and sisters walk in community with their other Christian brothers and sisters. Amen.

ACTION STEP

  • Join a Charge Group if you have not done so.  If you already belong to a Charge Group share some news about your life, that you have not shared yet.

IDEAS:

  • Invite someone not in your Charge Group to coffee or for a bite to eat to get to know them better.
  • Sign up to serve at Walk Church. The Dream Team would love to have you.

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run, jog, or walk the eighteenth mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 27 sit-ups and 27 push-ups.

DAY 17: PRAY FOR OUR CITY – PASTOR STACY JULIAN

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PASTOR STACY JULIAN

SCRIPTURE

Jeremiah 29:7
“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

DEVOTION

If there has ever been a time in history to pray for our city it’s now. With the passing of the 20thanniversary of 9/11, I can recall crying out for our nation and city in hopes that the Holy Spirit would cause people to awaken from their evil ways and turn to righteousness. We see tragedy happening all over the world and see hashtags such as #PrayforVegas or #VegasStrong. Personally, I like #LordStrong because the word says in Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the LORD is a STRONG tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”

The words of Jeremiah in the above scripture were directed to the Israelites, who had been uprooted from their homeland and taken into Babylonian captivity. Under such circumstances, it would be easy to complain or grow bitter about the upheaval in their lives. But that was not what God desired from them. They were instructed to pray for the peace and prosperity of their new home. If their city prospered, they would also.

It’s important as believers to intercede for our city and cover it with prayers. We have the honor and privilege to come along side of Jesus and reach our city with the Gospel and the Hope of Christ. I believe just like Nehemiah if we cried out to God for our City his ear would be attentive and he would grant us favor.

As we continue to fast and pray may we be reminded that the word declares in Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”. No doubt blessed is the city whose God is the Lord too! As our cities prosper, so will our states, and our nation. Let’s become an intercessor for our city. Our prayers do make a difference! Let us declare as we do at WALK Church that our city would no longer be known for sin but for the city of Him!

PRAYER

Heavenly Father I pray we would all have a burden on our hearts for our city, leaders, and citizens. Bless our leaders turn their hearts and minds toward you. We desire people to encounter you, know you, and fear you. Protect us and our city from any harm. We pray for peace and prosperity in our city! In Jesus name Amen!

ACTION STEP

  • Pray for our mayor, councilmen, and city officials to serve wisely and with integrity.
  • Pray against crime and unemployment in our city.
  • Pray churches and pastors will boldly declare God’ truth.
  • Pray for revival to ignite in our city like never before.
  • Pray for our teachers, support staff, and students. Pray for our hospitals, police, and fire departments.
  • Pray for local businesses to prosper

IDEAS:

  • Setup a time every morning to specifically pray for our city.

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run, jog, or walk the seventeenth mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 26 sit-ups and 26 push-ups.