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NOVEMBER 20TH - DECEMBER 15TH
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Holiday Prayer Challenge
The holidays are full of fun, joy, and laughter, but for many of us, they can also be very challenging. Whether it's finances, relationship dynamics, sadness, or simply the busyness of the season, there are no shortages of things that can make the holidays anything but the most wonderful time of year. Join us by committing to pray each day through the holiday season! Every week, we'll use a Fruit of the Spirit as the theme to guide our focus in prayer through the holidays! The challenge starts November 20th and ends the week of January 15th.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5
The Bible uses the analogy of “fruit” to describe our actions, behaviors, and attitudes. Whether it’s good fruit or bad, each of our lives are producing something. The Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control) will be what we pray God will produce in us and others through the holiday season. Each week will have a different “fruit” that we will be praying for
A few words of encouragement as we get started:
1) Don’t forget that the “fruit” comes by being connected to Jesus.
The fruit of the Spirit is a biproduct of being connected to Jesus and abiding in Him. Seek God throughout this process and pray for people to experience closeness to Him which results in the fruit of the Spirit.
2) Commit to praying for the same person(s) throughout the holiday season.
As we are steadfast in prayer for the same person(s) through the holidays, we may see God make long-term shifts in their lives and ours. If you are married, it is recommended that you pray with your spouse throughout the challenge.
3) Set reminders.
For many of us, praying with or for someone will be a new habit to develop. Setting reminders will help us stay on track and build prayer into our lives. You may be surprised at how the simple act of setting a reminder in your phone, taping a note to your bathroom mirror or your door, will greatly help you establish the practice of prayer.
4) Share what God is doing.
In the Church Center App (hyperlinked to the CCA), there’s a button that says, “Celebrate Growth”. As you see God move through the Holiday Prayer Challenge, share what you are learning or what God is doing to be an encouragement to others.
Week 1 (November 20th – 26th)
14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
As you pray for the fruit of love this week,
here are a few themes to help guide your prayers.
That we would:
Understand the love that God has for us. (Eph. 3:17-19; Rom. 8:6-8)
Receive the love that God has for us. (Jn. 3:16; Jn. 1:12; Jn. 1:12)
Respond to the love that God has for us. (1 Jn. 4:7-11; 1 Jn. 4:19; 1 Cor. 13)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 4:7-11
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In
this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.
1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Week 2 (November 27th – December 3rd)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
Unlike happiness, which is an emotion that comes and goes based on circumstance,
the Spiritual fruit of joy is an enduring posture of the heart founded on hope –
hope in the person and work of God.
This week as you pray for the Spiritual fruit of Joy in someone’s life, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to them:
1. The hope found in who God is amid their circumstances, not because of their circumstances
(Habakkuk 3:17-19; Job 3:25-27; Philippians 4:4; Psalm 5:11; Nehemiah 8:10).
2. The hope found in the work of God in their life – past, present, and future
(Hebrews 12:1-2; Romans 8:28; James 1:2-4; John 16:21-22; Psalm 23:6)
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.19 God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.
Job 3: 25-27
For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. 26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, 27 whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.
The joy of the Lord is your strength.
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
John 16: 21-24
21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Week 3 (December 4th – December 10th)
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
Peace (shalom) is defined as a condition of freedom from disturbance, whether external or internal. It is not freedom of disturbance — meaning everything is without conflict or disturbance — but rather free from being overcome or distraught from the disturbance because of confidence in who we are in Christ and knowing whose we are because of Christ. Peace is when a person may be in difficult circumstances, but is content, confident with hope, and in a state of being “at rest.”
Some ideas to consider this week as you pray for the Holy Spirit to bring peace in someone’s life:
1) That they would be at peace with God through faith in Christ (Rom. 5:1-2; Jn. 16:33; Eph. 2:13).
2) That they would have peace, trusting who God is in the midst of their circumstances (Isa. 26:3; Jn. 14:27; Phil. 4:5-7; Ps. 23:1-4).
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 23: 1-4
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.