Following the example of Christ, who offers continual prayer on behalf those who come to God through Jesus (Hebrews 7:25), our churches observe a “prayer calendar”. Each month, we
focus our daily, spiritual devotion on a particular theme such as our children, co-workers, neighbors, youth, and family members. This is not to say that the theme of the month is the only thing we can pray and fast about nor is it meant to be a rote and dogmatic schedule. Rather, this is a way to organize an earnest, Spirit-led seeking of our members to save and bless those people that are integral part not only of our lives but of society as a whole. The prayer calendar is a practical way to observe the great commission issued by the Lord Jesus to make “disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20).
The first week of the month will be spent praying in the early morning (Exodus 16:21) for the spiritual and material needs of the “target” group of the month. We also intercede for God to bring into his flock those who do not yet know Christ as their Savior. These daily morning prayer meetings usually last for less than 20 minutes. Many of our members must go to school or to their jobs afterward.
During the second week of the month, we will consecrate a modest daily fast for a set period of time. Of course, we continue in prayer. These activities are not mutually exclusive, but the week-by-week schedule gives our members a discrete and concerted way to exercise their spiritual calling and – in doing so – to serve the Most High God.
In the third week, we pray at noon (Acts 10:9). Some of our churches will open for midday prayer throughout the week. During the fourth week, we go forth in faith that our prayers and fasting have been received by the Lord and, as a result, He has prepared the hearts and minds of those we have been praying for to receive our invitation to come to a special outreach service at the end of the month specifically geared towards them.
All this would be for nothing if God did not confirm our dedication through signs, wonders and genuine transformation.
We would be overjoyed to share with you the abundant experiences we have had of the Holy Spirit working mercifully and graciously to add to our numbers those who are being saved (Acts 2:47).