At The Table, we believe prayer changes things and we seek to always Pray First. And so that’s why we begin every year with prayer.
In January, many of us make a list of resolutions to help us be better a better person in the New Year, but the one thing that can actually make a difference in all areas of our life — is prayer. So, as a church, we want to begin 2019 through this season designed to focus our hearts on God, but also to develop the habit of prayer through this 21 day journey.
These 21 days are designed to remind us to Pray First, but also to help us seek God daily and ask for his guidance 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. We 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.
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.
21 Days of Prayer:
Wednesday Evening Prayer
Join us on Wednesday evenings at our Downtown Parish for a time of prayer and worship. We'll gather at 7 p.m. for one hour on Wednesday, January 9th, 16th, and 23rd at 945 G Street NW.
Daily Prayer Focus
Join us throughout these 21 days by following the prayer prompts listed below and updated daily on our Instagram story. Together, we'll pray for our church, our city, our country, our world, and ourselves. Each prompt has a scripture reference for you to consider during your prayer time.
Day 1: January 6 - Our city of DC and its leaders. [Jeremiah 29:7]
Day 2: January 7 - Our country and its leaders. [2 Chronicles 7:14]
Day 3: January 8 - Our world and its leaders. [Luke 1:78-79]
Day 4: January 9 - Christian unity in our church, city, and world. [John 17:21]
Day 5: January 10 - Our Justice + Compassion Team, especially a new building for our food pantry [Proverbs 29:8]
Day 6: January 11 - The clients at our food ministries and neighbors we advocate for through WIN [Matthew 25:34-40]
Day 7: January 12 - Our Care Team and the physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing of our church [1 Peter 5:1-4]
Day 8: January 13 - Our Dinner Parties; for our leaders, members, and experiences of life change in community and faith growth in 2019 [Hebrews 10:24-25]
Day 9: January 14 - Our TableKIDS Ministry, for our servant leaders, parents/guardians, children involved, and Godly teaching [Psalm 127:3-5]
Day 10: January 15 - Next Steps Track; for our teachers and attendees, newcomer engagement and development, that people would discover their gifts and serve God with them [1 Peter 4:10]
Day 11: January 16 - My Relationships; for my relationships among family and friends, at home, in the workplace, at school, and at church [Hebrews 10:24-25]
Day 12: January 17 - All Families and Marriages at The Table [Colossians 3:13]
Day 13: January 18 - For sound mental health in our congregation; for an end to depression, peace amidst anxiety, relief from addiction [Isaiah 26:3]
Day 14: January 19 - My Faith; for greater understanding of God's love, a deep desire to commune with God through scripture, and a healthy prayer life [Hebrews 11]
Day 15: January 20 - The Table's Board of Elders, Board of Trustees, and Board of Overseers [1 Thessalonians 5:12-13]
Day 16: January 21 - The Table's Pastors, Ministry Directors and Coaches [Isaiah 11:2]
Day 17: January 22 - The people who live near our church who don’t yet follow Jesus. [Matthew 18:12-14]
Day 18: January 23 - Our church’s vision for 2019; for provision, favor, open doors, and leaders. [2 Corinthians 9:8]
Day 19: January 24 - My personal vision for 2019 – freedom from habits, debt, relationships, ministry involvement, reaching my full potential [Matthew 6:33]
Day 20: January 25 - My specific needs; my finances, health, family members to know God, and other personal needs. [Philippians 4:19]
Day 21: January 26 - My Freedom; for my personal freedom and deliverance, breakthrough in every area [Isaiah 54:17]