40 Days Prayer Watch
See this link below for more info on our current prayer watch starting Aug 21st- Sept 29th: As we don't currently have a building this prayer season will be shared across the 7 regions of KC. Our MC's and Regional teams will each be hosting their region in a creative way so, reach out to your regional team to find out what's happening in your region or click the link below to find out how you can participate in the fast and in a season of prayer.
Northland: Aug 21st - 26th (6 days, Wed-Mon)
Downtown/NE/Westside: Aug 27th - 31st (5 days, Tue-Sat)
KCK: Sept 1st - 6th (6 days, Sun-Fri)
Midtown: Sept 7th - 11th (5 days, Sat-Wed)
Johnson County: Sept 12th - 16th (5 days, Thu-Mon)
Lee’s Summit: Sept 17th - 22nd (6 days, Tue-Sun)
South KC/Grandview: Sept 23rd - 29th (7days, Mon-Sun)
40 DAYS WILDERNESS FAST
Over the course of 40 days (Aug 21st - Sept 29th), we will journey together into the wilderness going lower in humility and slower in our daily rhythms. As we surrender our distractions, comforts, and conveniences we will experience a greater hunger for the kingdom and thirst for God’s presence. In the wilderness, the people of Israel were delivered from their idols and set apart as a holy nation. In the wilderness, John the Baptist received revelation and perceived the coming kingdom. There’s no telling what God will do when we set apart a season to humble ourselves and prioritize Him.
Our modern world comes with many comforts and conveniences. Rarely do we pause to examine the effect they have on us. At worst they can steal our time, wreak havoc on our relationships, and leave us overstimulated. At best we can forget to rest and fail to be grateful. Take a look at the list below. Ask the Lord, “What would you like me to fast?”
Here are some things he may suggest you fast: Media/Social Media * Recreation *Food *Convenience * Sports (viewing or playing) * Caffeine/Alcohol * Other
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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 main floor of Plexpod Westport Commons 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!