At The Table, we believe prayer changes things and we seek to always Pray First. Though as often happens in life, this priority can often get replaced by the pressing needs of this world. That's why we take advantage of seasons to refocus ourselves on Christ. As individuals and a church body, we're beginning 2018 with 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. 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. God desires to bring into our lives.
21 Days of Prayer:
January 7 - 27
Saturday Prayer Services
Join us on Saturday mornings at our Downtown Parish for a time of prayer and worship. We'll gather at 9 a.m. for one hour on Saturday, January 13, 20, 27, 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.
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.
Sunday, January 7: Our city of DC and its leaders. [Jeremiah 29:7]
Monday, January 8: Our country and its leaders. [2 Chronicles 7:14]
Tuesday, January 9: Our world and its leaders. [Luke 1:78-79]
Wednesday, January 10: The Table's Lead Pastor and his family – Kevin, Charla, and Eloise. [Romans 1:11-12]
Thursday, January 11: The Table's Board of Elders, Board of Trustees, and Board of Overseers [1 Thessalonians 5:12-13]
Friday, January 12: The Table's Pastoral Team [John 15:16]
Saturday, January 13: The Table's Ministry Directors and Coaches [Psalm 25:4-5]
Sunday, January 14: Table Ministry Teams and servant leaders [Romans 12:3-8]
Monday, January 15: Justice and Compassion Beyond Our Walls – Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen, and our WIN Engagement [Myca 6:8]
Tuesday, January 16: Our Care Team [1 Peter 5:1-4]
Wednesday, January 17: Our Teaching Team and the 52 Sundays of influence this year [Collossians 3:16]
Thursday, January 18: Our TableKIDS Ministry – servant leaders, parents/guardians, children involved, and Godly teaching [Psalm 127:3-5]
Friday, January 19: All Families and Marriages at The Table [Colossians 3:13]
Saturday, January 20: Our Community Groups – leaders, members, life change in community and faith growth [Hebrews 10:24-25]
Sunday, January 21: Next Steps Track – teachers and attendees, newcomer engagement and development, that people would discover their gifts and serve God with them [1 Peter 4:10]
Monday, January 22: My Church – vision, provision, and wisdom moving into 2018; new leaders and protection over our resources, future parish locations and CoHi's second service launching February 4 [Luke 14:23]
Tuesday, January 23: My Vision – fresh vision for my life, goals attained, dreams fulfilled, and that this year would make a difference [1 Thessalonians 5:16-24]
Wednesday, January 24: My Relationships – among family and friends, at home, in the workplace, at school, and at church [Hebrews 10:24-25]
Thursday, January 25: My Needs – love, good health, finances, wisdom and education, patience and self-control [1 Peter 5:7]
Friday, January 26: My Faith – Greater understanding of God's love, a deep desire to commune with God through scripture, and a healthy prayer life [Hebrews 11]
Saturday, January 27: My Freedom – personal freedom and deliverance, breakthrough in every area [Isaiah 54:17]