At The Table, we believe prayer changes things. Though as often happens in life, it has not always been the priority that it should have been. One of the changes we’re making as a church is this: we want to always Pray First. In every situation, whether good or bad, we will pray before we act. Both as individuals and as a church. I’m committing to this. And your Lead Team is committing to this. That’s why, beginning in September, as both a church and as individuals, we’re committing to 21 Days of Prayer.
This journey is designed to remind us to Pray First, but also to help us seek God daily and ask for his sovereignty over our lives and in every decision we make. Below you'll find information on how to pray, when and where to pray, and 21 daily topics we will be praying for as a community. As we pray, we are asking God to move in our lives and to move us to become agents of love and grace in the lives of others. I hope you’ll join us.
Pray First Guide
Given our unique qualities, each of us connect to God differently. When we're given a narrow view of prayer, we are less likely to keep prayer at the center of our lives. This simple prayer guide uses several models of prayer from scripture that can aid in making prayer more personal. This resource is designed to bring joy and energy into your time with God. When you discover the beauty of a daily conversation with Him, you’ll experience the presence of God that will change your life. Click here to download a digital copy of our Prayer First prayer guide.
At The Table, we encourage fasting from something in your life during the 21 Days of Prayer. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on God as you fast. Others choose to fast from something in their life like social media or some other item that serves as a distraction.
The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. God desires to bring into our lives.
21 Days of Prayer:
September 1 - 21
Saturday Prayer Services
Join us on Saturday mornings at our Downtown Parish for a corporate time of prayer together as one church. We'll gather at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 2nd, 9th, and 16th at 945 G Street NW.
Join us at 10:30 a.m. in Columbia Heights at 1459 Columbia Rd NW and at 5 p.m. downtown at 945 G Street NW.
Service of Lament
At the end of our 21 Days of Prayer, we will hold a Lament service at our Downtown Parish. This will be a space to listen, learn, share, and pray for the brokenness in our world as we ask God to intercede.
Join us on Friday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. at our Downtown Parish.
Daily Prayer Focus
Our country’s leaders: Pray for our president and his staff, Maryland and Virginia state officials, and DC officials
Our executive team: Pray for our lead pastor and his family, church staff, and parish pastors
Our church government: Our Board of Elders, Board of Trustees, and Board of Overseers
Our church leadership: Our Lead Team, Parish team leaders, and all those who serve on Parish teams
Our local justice work and outreach ministries: Soup kitchen, WIN engagement, and partnership with Inspire DC and food pantry
The city of Washington, DC: For those without community, for those without a home, for those without food, and for those without a job
The United States of America: For healing in our divided country, for peace and justice for those that have been wronged, and for a deeper commitment to understanding and fellowship
The World: For war-torn countries and those under oppression, for disadvantaged families and children around the globe, for immigrants and refugees seeking a well-deserved place of rest and home
Families and marriages at The Table: For healthy relationships, spiritual growth together, and healing where there is brokenness
Parents and guardians at The Table: For healthy relationships, Godly behavior, patience and encouragement as they raise children in the way of the Lord
TableKIDS Ministry: Our team leaders, the programming and launch of new curriculum, and the children that attend TableKIDS
Community Groups: Our CG director, group leaders, and that all members would experience life change and faith growth
Next Steps: October launch of the new curriculum, our class teachers, all newcomers and attendees
Developing Leaders: Leadership development, growth, and encouragement among those who serve at The Table
RESET All-Church Retreat: For planning team, attendees, curriculum, and schedule
My Church Vision: For fresh vision from God for the future of The Table; for good stewardship of our resources including building space, finances, leaders and their gifts; for future parish locations and additional services.
My Personal Vision: For fresh vision from God on the direction of my future; for a heart of gratitude and thankfulness; for new dreams and dreams fulfilled -- that I would lead a life that makes a difference.
My Place of Influence: For my home and all who live in it; for my place of work or school, and all those I encounter on a weekly basis
My freedom: For personal freedom and deliverance from current struggles/difficulties in my life.
My Needs: For good physical health and for healthy finances, relationships, and other personal needs.
Followers of Jesus: For opportunities to provide witness to others, for a stirring in the hearts of others to know God, and for communities to embrace those who come to them seeking to know Christ.