40 Days of Prayer and Fasting

40 Days of Prayer and Fasting

40 DAYS OF PRAYER & FASTING – AN INVITATION TO OUR CHURCHES

Many months ago, Phil sensed the invitation from God, “Ask Me,” in relation to the Vineyard Movement across the country – and to invite us all to do the same.

Phil felt that Jeremiah 6:16a was highlighted to him by the Holy Spirit for this asking, discerning season in the Vineyard, and sits at the center of this call to prayer and fasting:

This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look; 

ask for the ancient paths, 
ask where the good way is, 
and walk in it, 
and you will find rest for your souls.”

In light of this word, we would like to invite all of our churches to join in 40 days of prayer and fasting leading up to our National Conference.

Phil has sensed this season of prayer will have a powerful impact on our Vineyard family of churches now and in the future, as God works in and through us far beyond the National Conference in the communities we inhabit.

WHAT IS THE INVITATION?

Come, Holy Spirit: 40 Days Of Prayer & Fasting is an invitation to each person in the Vineyard Movement to pray and fast for God to move powerfully in our personal, local church, and wider Vineyard life together.

WHAT ARE WE PRAYING FOR?

The heart and theme of the 40 Days Of Prayer & Fasting is to gather around the Kingdom prayer the Church has prayed in many forms for two thousand years – Come, Holy Spirit – for:

  • the individual’s personal needs (10 days), 
  • the individual’s local church and community (10 days), and 
  • our Vineyard family of churches across the country (20 days).

This season of prayer and fasting will culminate with a time of celebration and response at the National Conference locations in July.

Everyone can make the call on how they pray and fast during this time. Some suggestions will be in the resources we provide.

WHAT ARE THE DATES?

Mon., May 27 – Fri., July 5, 2019

RESOURCES
CHS-40-Days-Of-Prayer-Participant-Guide (printable) with prompts for each day, see below

Fasting-Basics-English (printable)

CHS-40-Days-Of-Prayer-Take-Home-Sheet

We look forward to what the Lord has for all of us and what He shares through you and your congregations as together we spend 40 days praying, “Come, Holy Spirit” – in and through the Vineyard – with one heart and one voice.

Blessings,

Vineyard USA Communications

 

INTRODUCTION TO 40 DAYS OF PRAYER & FASTING

WHAT IS THE INVITATION?
Come, Holy Spirit: 40 Days Of Prayer & Fasting is an invitation to each person in the Vineyard Movement to pray and fast for God to move powerfully in our personal life, local church life, and wider Vineyard life together.

WHAT ARE WE PRAYING AND FASTING FOR?
The heart and theme of the 40 Days Of Prayer & Fasting is to gather around the Kingdom prayer the Church has prayed in many forms for two thousand years – Come, Holy Spirit – for:
Your personal life (10 days),
Your local church and community (10 days), and
Our Vineyard family of churches across the country (20 days)
This season of prayer and fasting will culminate with a time of celebration and response at the National Conference locations in July. Everyone can make the call on how they pray and fast during this time, and other tools are being provided to help.

WHAT ARE THE DATES?
Monday, May 27 – Friday, July 5, 2019 are the dates for prayer and fasting. You can pray for all, or part of this time. Your local church may hold special prayer times specifically around this season.

We look forward to what the Lord has for all of us, and what He shares through you and your local congregation as together we spend 40 days praying, “Come, Holy Spirit” – in and through the Vineyard – with one heart and one voice.

ABOUT PRAYER & FASTING

The Bible is full of promises about prayer – prayer rooted in the belief that God hears us, answers us, and invites us to participate in the answers He lovingly gives.

In the Old Testament, we see this promise: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven…” (2 Chronicles 7:14a). In the New Testament, we see this invitation to pray: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).

In other words, the God of Jesus, the God of the Scriptures, hears and answers prayer! There is no prayer too big, no prayer too small, to pray – especially if our greatest desire is to see the will of God be done here “…on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-13).

In the Bible, prayer is sometimes accompanied by fasting. Fasting is willingly doing without food, or a portion of food, for a set period of time, in order to invest our energies and focus in prayer. One does not need to fast to pray with hope and intensity, but it can be a helpful spiritual rhythm to add to our experience of God in prayer (please see the Fasting Basics resource where you downloaded this Guide for more detailed information on this practice, and talk to a physician before attempting any type of fast).

However you choose to pray and fast, it is exciting that you’ve joined in for these 40 days of prayer and fasting as we say “Come, Holy Spirit” – in our personal lives, in the life of our local church, and in the life of the Vineyard Movement!

HOW TO PRAY THROUGH THE 40 DAYS

This Participant’s Guide has been created to help you join in the 40 Days Of Prayer & Fasting with guided daily themes and Scriptures to ground and inspire your prayers.

HOW SHOULD I PRAY?
This “season” of prayer and fasting covers 40 days, and it might be helpful to have some structure – like a scaffolding – to hang your prayers on as you go.

We suggest that, each day as you come to prayer, you may want to follow a simple, 4-step process inspired by Jeremiah 6:16a based on the words stand, look, ask, and walk:

STAND – Take 30 seconds of silence or worship to become aware of the presence of Jesus
LOOK – Pray the prayer, “Come, Holy Spirit” and read the daily Scripture
ASK – Pray the Prayer Prompts for each day with confidence
WALK – Read the Responding to God section, act as led, and say “Thank You, Holy Spirit” for guiding your time

3 AREAS OF PRAYER
This Guide will lead you through welcoming the Holy Spirit as you partner with God in prayer in 3 areas:

Your personal life (10 days),
Your local church and community (10 days), and
Our Vineyard family of churches across the country (20 days)

Enjoy God’s presence in a new way these 40 days, and bless you!

PRAYER FOR YOUR PERSONAL LIFE
(10 Days)

Day 1 | Identity in Christ

Scripture
Galatians 4:6-7 – And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray that God would open your understanding that you are a child of God, and that you are no longer a slave to sin.

Responding To God
Write out 5 ways that knowing you are a child of God changes your relationship with God.

Day 2 | Personal & Family Needs

Scripture
Isaiah 44:3 – For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessing on your children.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Review areas where you and/or your family have need for refreshing and provision. Pray for those areas.

Responding To God
Write what provision/blessings you requested from the Spirit today.

Day 3 | Fellowship With The Spirit

Scripture
2 Corinthians 13:14 (AMP) – The grace (favor and spiritual blessing) of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the presence and fellowship (the communion and sharing together, and participation) in the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen (so be it).

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray, “Father would you show me how to experience the communion, the sharing together, and the participation I can have with the Holy Spirit?

Responding To God
Using www.biblegateway.com or Bible software, search for “Holy Spirit” and see all the ways that the Spirit is available to help you as a Christian.

Day 4 | Fruits Of The Spirit

Scripture
Galatians 5:22 – But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray for the fruit of the Spirit to be present in you and your loved ones today.

Responding To God
From the reading, list the fruits of the Spirit. Next to each fruit, write your name, or the named of a loved one, who needs that fruit in their lives today.

Day 5 | Filled With The Spirit

Scripture
Acts 1:4-5,8 (NLT2) – Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Ask God to baptize you with the Holy Spirit, or to refill you with the Holy Spirit, and with power to be God’s witness wherever you go.

Responding To God
Talk with your pastor or someone else who is filled with the Holy Spirit and ask how you can nurture your relationship with the Spirit.

Day 6 | An Increase In Love

Scripture
Romans 5:5 – And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray that the Holy Spirit fill your heart with love in the areas in which you lack love.

Responding To God
Ask the Spirit for messages of love for 3 people on your list to love more. Send them.

Day 7 | Boldness In Faith

Scripture
Acts 4:29-30 (NLT2) – And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray for God to give you great boldness in sharing your faith, and ask Him to do miracles as you do.

Responding To God
Write down the names of people who God brings to your mind and send them a note, a text, an email, or give them a phone call inviting them to come to church with you.

Day 8 | Hope For Now & The Future

Scripture
Romans 8:23 – And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray for the Kingdom to break in with a gift of hope, for you and your loved ones today.

Responding To God
What would the Lord invite you to “eagerly hope” for today?

Day 9 | Perseverance Through Difficulty

Scripture
2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (NLT2) – We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray that God would deliver you or someone you know from difficulty, despair, danger, or depression.

Responding To God
If you prayed for someone else, write them a short note and let them know you prayed for them.

Day 10 | Joy In The Holy Spirit

Scripture
Romans 14:17 (AMP) – [After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Ask your heavenly Father for the joy of the Holy Spirit.

Responding To God
Begin to list the blessings that God has poured into your life.

PRAYER FOR YOUR LOCAL CHURCH
(10 Days)

Day 11 | Neighborhood Impact

Scripture
Colossians 1:8 – He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray for neighbors, co-workers, and others who need an encounter with God today.

Responding To God
How is the Lord inviting you to “show up” in your local community?

Day 12 | Increase In Healing & Miracles

Scripture
Mark 16:15-18 (AMP) – And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole human race]. He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned. And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; they will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Ask your Father in Heaven to back up the preaching of the Good News with people being set free from demons, and people who are sick being healed.

Responding To God
If you know someone who is sick, offer to pray for them right now.

Day 13 | Discipleship Of All Ages

Scripture
John 14:26 – But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray for different generations in your church – young and old – to know the Holy Spirit as their Teacher.

Responding To God
How can you partner with the Holy Spirit to disciple an age group that is different from your own?

Day 14 | The Vulnerable & Marginalized

Scripture
Matthew 25:37-40 – Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray that God would show you how you can personally engage with the poor and the marginalized in your town or city.

Responding To God
Volunteer to serve in your church’s Compassion or Justice ministry. If your church does not have these ministries operating, ask your pastor where he or she would suggest you volunteer.

Day 15 | Individuals & Families

Scripture
2 Thessalonians 2:13 – As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvation—a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on brothers, sisters, families, and individuals in your church.

Responding To God
Write a note to a few folks to tell them you prayed for them today.

Day 16 | Equipping The Saints

Scripture
1 Corinthians 12:6-7 (MSG) – God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people!

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray all the gifts God has given to His local church would find a proper place to be used for the benefit of others.

Responding To God
Volunteer to serve in an area where you are both gifted and passionate.

Day 17 | Finances & Provision

Scripture
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (MSG) – Remember: A stingy planter gets a stingy crop; a lavish planter gets a lavish crop. I want each of you to take plenty of time to think it over, and make up your own mind what you will give. That will protect you against sob stories and arm-twisting. God loves it when the giver delights in the giving. God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Father in Jesus’ name, give me a willing and cheerful heart so that I can be generous with my church.

Responding To God
Think about a need that has been communicated by your local church, and give to that need right now through a check, online giving, or text-to-give.

Day 18 | Encouragement Of Pastors, Staff, & Leaders

Scripture
1 Thessalonians 5:12 – Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you needs/hopes of pastors, staff, and leaders of your church.

Responding To God
Which leaders in your church would the Lord invite you to encourage today? Call, text, email, or write a note of encouragement right now.

Day 19 | Encountering God In Worship

Scripture
Revelation 1:10 – It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to release a depth of worship in your church like John had in Revelation.

Responding To God
How would the Lord invite you to take your personal worship deeper in corporate worship moments? Pray this same prayer for everyone in your congregation.

Day 20 | Vision Of Your Church

Scripture
Colossians 1:9 – So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to give His wisdom and direction to your whole church congregation.

Responding To God
Take time to visit your church website and review your church’s vision statements. Pray for them to come to fulfillment.

PRAYER FOR THE VINEYARD MOVEMENT
(20 Days)

Day 21 | Present & Future Leadership

Scripture
1 Timothy 3:1 – Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Willing servants who love Jesus and will grow into servant leaders are core to our communities and our Movement. Pray that God will reveal Himself to children, young adults, and those new to the faith – and call them to follow the Spirit’s call into leadership in business, communities, churches, and in the Vineyard Movement.

Pray Specifically For
Phil and Jan Strout (National Director), Bubba Justice and Christian Weber (VUSA National Office), and our Executive Team – see www.vineyardusa.org.

Responding To God
How might the Lord be inviting you to be a servant leader on the team at your local Vineyard church?  How will you respond to that invitation? Connect with what’s going on in Vineyard USA here.

Day 22 | Planting Kingdom-Minded Churches

Scripture
Acts 9:31 – The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray for the “encouragement of the Holy Spirit” in the Vineyard to plant churches that are effective at the “crossroads” of the cultural intersections each inhabits.

Pray Specifically For
Michael Gatlin and the Multiply Vineyard team.

Responding To God
Is God calling you to participate in a church plant in our Movement? There may be something He shows you as you are praying for this that tugs on your heart. Visit the 10 questions page to see if involvement in church planting is a call God may have on your life.

Day 23 | Missions & Global Impact

Scripture
Matthew 28:19 – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Go to this map – and pray for Vineyard churches and leaders in the countries listed.

Pray Specifically For
Mark Fields and the Vineyard Missions team, and our international family, Vineyard Global.

Responding To God
Identify and pray for the specific international efforts in which your local Vineyard church is involved.

Day 24 | Building Diversity Of Leaders

Scripture
Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray and ask God to put His hand on women, men, and children of every age in the Vineyard to grow into servant leaders in our local churches. Pray for leaders in the Vineyard to have eyes to see those they can encourage and develop as leaders from many different walks of life.

Pray Specifically For
Di Leman and Vineyard Women, Le Que Heidkamp and the Diversity Initiative, and our Well-Being Of Pastors Initiative.

Responding To God
Can you think of a woman leader, or a leader of a different ethnic background from yours, or a young leader, that you can offer a word of encouragement about their leadership gifts? Call, text, email, or write them a note to encourage them.

Day 25 | Racial Reconciliation

Scripture
Revelation 7:9 – After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray for supernatural humility and reconciliation between people of different ethnic backgrounds, among men, women, and children throughout the Vineyard movement in all the towns and cities we touch.

Pray Specifically For
Geno Olison and the Diversity Initiative.

Responding To God
Read through today’s scripture again and ask the Spirit to highlight areas of fear, prejudice, or unreconciled attitudes in your own heart. Give those to God as they are revealed to you.

Day 26 | Remembering The Poor

Scripture
Galatians 2:10 – All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray that you, your church, and the Vineyard Movement would continue to lead the way in the Body of Christ as we care for the poor and marginalized through our churches.

Responding To God
How is the Lord inviting you to have “eyes to see” those who are poor around you, and to respond to His invitation for you to care for the “least of these”?

Day 27 | Justice Work In Churches

Scripture
Micah 6:8 – He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray that God will highlight and provide for our justice initiatives in churches across the Vineyard – ending slavery and trafficking, ending poverty, and caring for creation.

Pray Specifically For
Kathy Maskell and the Vineyard Justice Network.

Responding To God
Sit with the Lord. Ask the Spirit to highlight in your heart areas of injustice that matter to you; then respond to those impressions.

Day 28 | Encountering God In Worship

Scripture
John 4:23-24 – But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter. It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray and ask God to inhabit the praises of His people in your church and the Vineyard Movement in a way that honors Him, breaks down dividing walls, and sets people free to know Him and be changed.

Pray Specifically For
Adam Russell and the Vineyard Worship team.

Responding To God
Take a moment. Invite the Spirit to come and show you ways you connect and are changed through worship times. Give thanks.

Day 29 | Resources For The Wider Church

Scripture
Romans 12:6b-8 – If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray and ask God to reveal to us, as the Vineyard Movement, how we can powerfully serve the wider Body of Christ with resources that carry the sacred trust (the theology and practice of the Kingdom of God) He has put in our hearts.

Pray Specifically For
Cheryl Warren, Dan Wilt, and the Vineyard Resources team.

Responding To God
Invite the Spirit. Ask what areas of service give you life and could be a resource to your neighborhood and even local Vineyard. Ask for willingness, then make the move and volunteer.

Day 30 | Education Development

Scripture
Proverbs 18:5 – The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Education is key for equipping God’s people to love and partner in His mission thoughtfully and confidently. For our national leadership, pray for wisdom, discernment, and innovation in the creation of educational formats that support God’s mission and the Vineyard’s place in that mission.

Pray Specifically For
Vineyard education, Caleb Maskell, and the Society Of Vineyard Scholars.

Responding To God
How is the Lord inviting you to value both spiritual experience and thoughtful education in your own life? What book or study might you participate in for your own growth?

Day 31 | Organizational Structure

Scripture
Ephesians 5:15,16a,17b – Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…. Understand what the Lord’s will is.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. God loves the whole church, not just the expression of “church” in which we are currently involved. Pray for wisdom, discernment, and revelation as the Vineyard movement stands at the crossroads of developing an organizational structure that enables us to be faithful to serve God’s mission worldwide for decades to come.

Pray Specifically For
Brian Anderson (Regional Leader Coach), and our Regional and Area Leaders. See Regions at www.vineyardusa.org.

Responding To God
Visit www.vineyardusa.org. Take time to learn about the family of churches of which you are a part, and notice how the Lord is inviting you to learn more. Subscribe to the monthly email updates here.

Day 32 | Pastor & Leader Transitions

Scripture
Philippians 4:9 – What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. There comes a time to “pass the torch” from older leader to younger servant. Pray that God gives clarity, best practices, and grace for change to those churches and groups who will transition to new pastors, staff, and lay leaders in the coming season. Change is challenging; pray for grace in all our churches.

Responding To God
Notice areas in your own life, family, and church community where the Lord may be asking you to make room for another leader, or to mentor young or different folks into your sphere of influence.

Day 33 | Impact In Towns & Cities

Scripture
Romans 12:1b-2a (MSG) – Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Pray for the Spirit to highlight areas your Vineyard church can move “outside the walls” to serve alongside neighborhood, town, and cities officials to see improvement and community grow in your areas. Ask for signs and wonders to occur through your church in your locale.

Pray Specifically For
Phil Chorlian and the Healthy Church Initiative, and Rich Nathan and the Large Church Initiative.

Responding To God
Take a moment to remember the groups – sports teams, civic associations, business connections – of which you are a part.  Notice how the Lord is inviting you to partner with what He is doing in and through these groups. Take risks with Jesus!

Day 34 | Our Diverse Ethnic & Linguistic Communities

Scripture
Acts 2:5-7 (MSG) – There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world. When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck. They couldn’t for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, “Aren’t these all Galileans? How come we’re hearing them talk in our various mother tongues?

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Ask the Spirit to highlight distinct ethnic groups in your area. Pray for God to show you how He loves these people and wants to integrate them into His Kingdom, then intercede for those who are from a different background than you.

Pray Specifically For
Our La Viña churches, and our Asian Church Planting Initiative.

Responding To God
Notice any attitudes or prejudices towards the groups God highlighted to you. Ask Him how you should respond, and choose to begin to relate better, more carefully, and with grace toward those individuals and groups.

Day 35 | Children In Our Movement

Scripture
Luke 18:16 – But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. The Kingdom of God is alive and well in the tender hearts of children. Pray that God’s love would be anchored so deeply in the little ones that they will remain close to Him now and throughout their whole lives.

Pray Specifically For
Becky Olmstead and Vineyard Kids.

Responding To God
Ask the Spirit to highlight how you may have disregarded “the little children,” and how God uses them in His Kingdom. Notice the children around you, and how the Lord is inviting you to be one who affirms their identity as children of God.

Day 36 | Youth In Our Movement

Scripture
Acts 2:17a – “‘In the last days,” God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. It seems our culture seeks to hijack the vigor and passion of youth from their purposes in God’s Kingdom to “the kingdom of this world.” Pray for the Spirit to be poured out on the youth in your church and surrounding community in powerful, life-changing ways.

Pray Specifically For
Christian Dunn and Vineyard Youth | Project Timothy.

Responding To God
Ask the Spirit to highlight the middle schoolers and teenagers around you. Notice how the Lord is inviting you to get to know them and about their lives, and even to listen to their thoughts about God. You might want to consider sponsoring a young person to go to Project Timothy or another camp opportunity that will strengthen their faith.

Day 37 | Young Adults In Our Movement

Scripture
Isaiah 40:31 – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. Young adult seasons are often the times when young people go through a crisis of faith and are tempted by cultural voices that lead them astray. Pray for the young adults in your family, church, and in the Vineyard movement to “know the Lord’s voice” above all others – and to be empowered to know God’s love for them as they face “adulting” in today’s world.

Pray Specifically For
Jenna Stepp and Heroic Leadership Institute.

Responding To God
Ask the Spirit to give you faith for the young adults around you (especially if you are one!), and to fill you with a prayerful confidence that there is a mighty future for these women and men in God’s Kingdom. Is there a young adult you might encourage to attend Heroic Leadership Institute or another program that would develop them as a leader?

Day 38 | Older Adults & Families In Our Movement

Scripture
Romans 8:37-39 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. God’s love is for all generations in all seasons of life. Pray that people and families you know, young and old, will know God’s love for them, and that knowing God’s love will propel them toward health and purpose in all seasons of their lives.

Responding To God
Ask the Spirit to highlight attitudes and judgmental thoughts you may have toward those of older/different generations than you. Notice how the Lord is inviting you to know He can, and does work in and through anyone at any age in any place.

Day 39 | Sages & Retiring Pastors In Our Movement

Scripture
Job 12:12 – Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. The world around us today values the energy of youth, and has not learned to value those who are long in years and experience. Pray for those of retirement age, especially pastors and faithful servants, to experience God’s love and purpose in their twilight years.

Pray Specifically For
Mark Warner and The Vineyard Pilgrimage (all age groups).

Responding To God
How might the Lord be inviting you to have an open mind about the twilight years of your own life, the lives of aging family, or older people in your community?

Day 40 | Come, Holy Spirit!

Scripture
Luke 11:3 – If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Prayer Prompt
Come, Holy Spirit. As we come full circle, we pray again, Come, Holy Spirit!  Ask God to pour out the Spirit on you, your family, your Vineyard church, the Vineyard movement, and the whole Church. Pray earnestly and fervently for this on this final day of our 40 day prayer adventure.

Pray For
Vineyard USA churches and our 2019 National Conference in July (Dayton, Denver), COME, HOLY SPIRIT.

Responding To God
Notice how the Lord has made a new space in you to pray, “Come, Holy Spirit” in all aspects of your daily life. Celebrate the Spirit’s work in your heart, and anticipate His presence with you always. Consider joining us for the National Conference this year, as well.

Thank you for joining in!

Thank you for praying these 40 days.
Thank you for participating in the Come Holy Spirit: 40 Days Of Prayer & Fasting! We hope this time has been a spiritually enriching season for you, and that you have been encouraged in your life of prayer.

If during these 40 days of prayer and fasting you have something you sense would be helpful for us to hear at Vineyard USA, please communicate it to your pastor or a person they’ve designated and they can forward it on to us. (If it’s written, please keep it to 200 words or less).

If you are able to attend our National Conference in July, we look forward to seeing you in Dayton, OH or Denver, CO!

COME, HOLY SPIRIT!
Spirit Ministry & The Local Church
2019 Vineyard USA National Conference
Details and Registration: conference.vineyardusa.org