Family Rhythms for 2016: Pray, Fast, GatheringWeekly Prayer Guide AdVENt week three
Since January 1, we have seen our Navah family pray like never before. Each day has been filled with people dedicating time and space to pray, fast and gather as the Spirit leads. We've seen healing break out, provision released and many hearts encouraged.
During each of our Sunday gatherings, we have a paper calendar available for people to sign up for whatever day (or days) they would like to pray. If you are unable to sign up in person, please e-mail us directly with the day you'd like to sign up for, and we will make sure you receive a weekly prayer guide and a reminder that week!
Here is more of the heart behind the rhythms we are keeping as a family.
Once you have chosen a day, set aside a dedicated time of prayer* on that day. We will provide tools and guidance to engage and unite our hearts in prayer. Keep an eye on your inbox for weekly e-mails with inspiration, vision, encouragement and resources to help you pray.
*We don't expect you to pray 24-7 on your day, unless you want to gather some friends and make it happen...then by all means, go for it!
We encourage you to fast (however the Holy Spirit leads) during your day of prayer. What a privilege and joy it is to set ourselves apart, to slow down and follow the example of Jesus in drawing near to the Father.
Find a way to gather during your day of prayer. Get together with friends or family, make a phone call, open your home, grab someone for a prayer walk, paint, worship...whatever works for you. Feel free to be creative in ways to come together before the Father. The Bible says, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” (Matthew 18:20)
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Our Culture of Prayer
Jesus lived an extraordinary life of prayer.
His life included everything from 40-day stints (including fasting) to all-nighters, early mornings, intense intercession and simple meal-time blessings. Jesus’ relationship with the Father in prayer was beautiful and reproducible. The secret to Jesus’ prayer life was simple yet very powerful. He prayed with confidence as a Son, deeply rooted in His Father’s pleasure, through the power of the Holy Spirit. In the same way that the Spirit filled and empowered Jesus to fulfill His priestly call, we are a Kingdom family of sons and daughters filled with the Spirit to pray.
Like Jesus, prayer is at the very center of our life as individuals, households and missional communities following Jesus. At all times, in all places, we seek to live our lives in God’s presence.
Our corporate rhythms of prayer deepen our root system both individually and as a family. We have a prayer room space on the second floor of our building that is consecrated for people to enjoy time with God.
Here is a poetic prayer that captures the heart of how and why we pray, written by one of our Navah leaders.
God the eternal Family, God alive, God inside, God the Father, Son and Spirit. Jesus all in all, sent to an orphaned world to reveal the Father. Daughters not orphans, sons not slaves, saved by grace, favored not forgotten. Names, faces, shared graces. Male, female, young, old. Wealthy, poor, kids, parents. Diverse in culture, united in Jesus, church as family. Home, praying from rest, living prayer, forgiven and forgiving, covenant not contract, family not company. Grace not striving, healing of every kind, honor not criticism, giving not fearing. Head to the heart, dreaming not hopeless, all things possible, joy not duty, joy in surrender, joy in everything. Tables with good food, weeping with losses, celebrating not competing, better together than alone. Miracles and mundane, more human is more holy, serving the least, quality of life, everyone welcome, giving and receiving, thankful not demanding. Neighborhoods matter, no divide of sacred and secular, social adventuring, matter matters but is not worshipped. Power, not just forms of godliness lacking substance. Spirit of adoption, everyone plays, not just a few all-stars, sending and receiving, nations. Blessed to bless, serving the least, uncomfortable hospitality, adoption not religion. The Cross and Resurrection, Kingdom not empire. Devastated families restored, broken institutions renewed, ruined parts of our city rebuilt.
“There is one body and one Spirit...one hope...one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6)
Your Kingdom Come in Kansas City, Your Kingdom Come in all the World, Your Kingdom Come until the whole World is Home and everything is Beautiful!