21 days of prayer and fasting

LET US FILL OUR LIVES AND OUR CITY WITH PRAYER

THEME: “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Joh 14:6)

Prayer meetings Monday – Friday:

  • Kl 8:00-8:10 Prayer and Bible reading (Link to CCI Facebook).

We read 1 chapter from the Gospel of John every day and pray based on it.

  • 12: 00-12: 10 Prayer in everyday life (Link to CKS Facebook).

We invite God’s presence and will in our workplaces, schools and everyday life.

  • 18:00-19: 00 Prayer and worship (Link to CCI Facebook, Link to Zoom on Wednesdays)

TWO PRAYER POINTS FOR 21 DAYS

”No one comes to the Father except through Jesus”

When we follow Jesus, the Kingdom of God comes closer and we draw others closer to the Father…

1. We pray for our workplaces, schools and everyday life: ”Come your Kingdom – Let Your will be done”.

2. We pray for one or more of our friends who do not yet know Jesus. Lord, open their spiritual eyes. Draw their hearts near to You. Save them.”

    WEEK 1: 11-17 JANUARY ”JESUS ​​IS THE WAY”

    Jesus invites us to follow him by choosing a pattern of life that allows him to transform our lives into Christlikeness. For 21 days we have the opportunity to establish good holy habits in our lives. The first week together, we focus on why we want to read the Bible, pray, live in fellowship, live generously and live in rest in the coming year.

    PONDERING: WEEK 1 – WHY GOOD HOLY HABITS 2021?

    Here comes an opportunity for you to ponder upon for 21 days, what your year with Jesus might look like. Feel free to write down your reflections for yourself as a spiritual journal. Week 2 we will reflect on how to practice holy habits, and week 3 we will summarize when, where, and how I want to apply my habits in 2021.

    Monday – The Bible

    Is daily Bible reading important in my life and if so, why? What could happen in my life if I read more Bible every day? What is the purpose of a Bible reading plan?

    Please read: Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 4: 4, John 15: 7-8, John 6:35

    Tuesday – Prayer

    What is prayer really? Is prayer a part of my daily life? Why is the daily time of prayer so important for those who want to follow Jesus? Is it important for me to pray with the congregation and other believers, and if so, why?

    Please read: John 17: 3, Ephesians 6:18, Matthew 6: 5-13, Luke 5:16, John 15:17, Acts 4: 23-31

    Wednesday – Communities

    Is it important for me to have a rhythm of attending a worship service every week, if so, why? Why is it important not to isolate myself as a disciple but to be with other disciples? Why is fellowship important to be able to lead new disciples to Jesus?

    Please read: Luke 4:16, Acts 2: 42,47, Hebrews 10:25, Luke 22: 31-32, Gal 6: 2, 1 Cor 12

    Thursday – Generosity

    Why is it more blessed to give than to receive? Why can generosity be absolutely crucial for me to grow as a person and disciple of Jesus? What is the purpose of the gifts I have received and what does it mean to be a good steward?

    Please read: Acts 20:35, Matthew 10: 7-8, 1 Corinthians 12, Matthew 25: 14-30

    Friday – Rest

    Is rest a natural part of my weekly planning? Do I have a Sabbath rhythm? Is rest an important part of my discipleship, why or why not in that case? What does the place of stillness and silence look like in the life of Jesus?

    Please read: Matthew 11: 28-30, Luke 5:16, Luke 4: 1, Hebrews 4: 9-11

    Dates

    January 11 – January 31 2021

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    Prayer meetings

    Monday– Friday

    08:00 Morning prayer, CCI Facebook

    12:00 Lunch prayer, CKS Facebook

    18.00 Prayer and Worship, CCI Facebook

    19.00 Prayer with the children, Zoom

    (Meeting ID: 921 304 4460
    Passcode: ibios)

    Special prayer on Wednesdays:

    18.00 Prayer together through Zoom

    (Meeting ID: 872 1761 9992
    Passcode: 777)

    WEEK 2: JANUARY 18-24 ”JESUS IS THE TRUTH”

    PONDERING: WEEK 2 – WHAT CAN GOOD HOLY HABITS LOOK LIKE IN 2021?

    This week we would like to encourage you to continue to ponder and deepen your understanding of how to practically plan your Good Holy Habits. If you want to read some books on the subject, check out reading tips further down the page. First, you have some points, statements and questions to use in your process of following Jesus this year.

    Monday – The Bible

    ”Blessed is he who delights in the teaching of the Lord and meditates on his words both day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which bears its fruit at the proper time and whose leaves do not wither. And everything he does, he succeeds.” (Ps1: 1-39)

    Different ways to read the Bible:

    – Bible reading plan: Read the whole or part of the Bible in one year, or another period of time. There are different versions in print at bookstores. There are also a plethora of reading plans in the Bible app ”Holy Bible” by Youversion.

    – Bible books by interest: Decide a daily number of chapters. Choose Bible books that interest you or you perceive the Spirit to lead you.

    – Morning and/or evening routine: Choose when you most easily get into a routine. Maybe continue, after the fast, by reading a chapter in the morning. Or take a longer time in the evening. Find a routine.

    – Read slowly: A common model is to read slowly until the text ”speaks” to you. Let the Word sink in. Is there an invitation or command to follow in the text?

    – Study a subject: An exciting Bible reading when you want to immerse yourself in a subject. Use the Bible references in the margin. Tip: Check out the subject index, which is often found at the back of the Bible.

    – Fast read: Fast read the bible to get an overview of biblical history.

    – Memorize: Jesus probably knew large parts of the Old Testament by heart. A start is to take verses that helped you write them down and memorize them. The more Bible we can memorize, the more the Spirit will speak to us.

    Always be open to the Spirit speaking and shaping you through reading.

    Please read: Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 4: 4, John 15: 7-8, John 6:35

    Tuesday – Prayer

    Do this during constant prayer and invocation and always pray in the Spirit.

    (Eph 6:18)

    – Start the day with a short or long time in prayer: Let the day begin with the Holy Ghost before the Father in the name of Jesus.

    – Daniels-prayer: Daniel prayed three times a day, just as we do during the fasting period. Something to continue with after fasting?

    – Jesus’s prayer life: Read the Gospels and study Jesus’ prayer life, and do as he does.

    – Paul’s prayer life: Read Paul’s letters, study and be inspired by how Paul prayed.

    – Worship: A great help can be to put on worship music that help you to worship.

    – Speaking in tongues: An important part of Paul’s prayer life was tongues. Pray a lot in tongues, as it builds up your inner man. Take moments in the car, the shower, when you clean up, or go for a walk – by speaking in tongues we can open up to the Spirit everywhere.

    – Silence: Invite God’s presence and be completely silent. Wait for God and let the deeper parts of your heart sigh to God. Listen. A moment of silence before God every day is life-giving.

    – The Lord’s prayer: Jesus gave us the best model of prayer. Stop in front of each line and make that prayer your own.

    – Prayer of gratitude: Take time to thank God for all that he is and has done.

    – Praying God’s Word: Pray based on the Bible verses that are alive to you. The promises that the Spirit reminded you of. Speak the Word of God over your and others’ lives.

    – Intercession: We can have prayer lists with people and situations we return to God with in prayer. Or we pray for those whom the Spirit at that moment reminds us to pray for.

    – Prayer for friends: How can you continue during the year to lift a few friends before God who is not yet following Jesus?

    Please read: John 17: 3, Ephesians 6:18, Matthew 6: 5-13, Luke 5:16, John 15:17, Acts 4: 23-31

    Wednesday – Communities

    ”Every day they were faithful and united in the temple, and at home they broke bread and shared a meal with each other in jubilant, heartfelt joy.” (Acts 2:46)

    – Sunday service: Getting into the faithful habit of always celebrating worship once a week makes a big difference for us being one and one, and the community. Crucial to the long-term journey with the Lord.

    – Citygruppen: The smaller community where we meet, pray and read the Bible together and build each other up through the gifts of the Spirit. Here the discipleship is deepened, and new disciples are welcomed and formed.

    – The inner circle: Jesus had many disciples, but he came closer to three of them. Who are your closest disciples with whom you share the journey?

    – Faithful and committed: What does a healthy or unhealthy commitment to a church look like?

    – Prayer together: The first disciples were united in the prayer. That’s the place we meet God and hear his voice together. Opportunities for lunch prayer and evening prayer, and other prayer times will continue to be a natural part of our congregation’s meeting places. Will you be there?

    Please read: Luke 4:16, Acts 2: 42,47, Hebrews 10:25, Luke 22: 31-32, Gal 6: 2, 1 Cor 12

    Thursday – Generosity

    – Stewards: Everything we have is on loan and we are now the Kingdom of God’s stewards of our gifts, talents, time, power, money – yes everything. Good stewards increase what they receive. How can it look like in our lives? (1 Peter 4:10; Matthew 25: 14-30)

    – Tithing: A biblical principle for Jesus’ disciples as a first step to anchoring their economy in the Kingdom of God. Do you have a plan for your giving this year? (Mal 3:10, Luke 11:42, Hebrews 7:10)

    – Offering: Blood sacrifices is past, but sacrificial giving in a way that costs us something of convenience and security characterizes a life of faith and obedience. (2 Cor 8: 3-5)

    – Sowing: The Bible shows us that our giving is like a seed that grows and gives and can give a great harvest. Both for the field we sow in and for our own finances. (2 Cor 9: 6)

    – Serve: We have received all our spiritual gifts to build others up. What gifts do you have and how can you serve others with them? (1 Cor 12: 4-7)

    – Others: Jesus has given us all the task of being fishers of men, to give as a gift what we have received as a gift. How can it look like in your life in 2021? (Mark 1:17, Matt 10: 8)

    Please read: Acts 20:35, Matthew 10: 7-8, 1 Corinthians 12, Matthew 25: 14-30

    Friday – Rest

    – Jesus our rest: Jesus’ first invitation to us is to receive his rest and gentle yoke. A plan for our rest, is to seek the restful following of Jesus. (Matt 11: 28-30, Heb 4: 9-11)

    – Sabbath: A clear step in getting into rest is to find a weekly rhythm where you rest 24 hours. A day’s rest when we turn off all the obligations and our usual work to provide space to enjoy God’s good with loved ones. (Jer 17:21, Genesis 2: 1-3)

    – Moderate: An unpleasant word for some, but we do not have to be moderate but do moderate. When our calendar is not moderate or balanced, stress becomes a natural consequence. (Rom 12: 3)

    – Say no: In order to have space to ”do what the Father does”, we have to say no to sin as well as many good things. (John 5:19, Titus 2: 11-14)

    – Turn off: Overstimulation makes the soul divided and anxious. We need to regularly turn off social media and accessibility in order to find a ”reasonable” consumption and stimuli. (Luke 5:16, Luke 4: 1)

    – Refuse the lifestyle in a hurry: Hurrying sometimes is ok, but living in a hurry leads us into stress and destruction. Our own relationship with God is damaged and relationships with others. (Luke 10: 39-42)

    Please read: Matthew 11: 28-30, Luke 5:16, Luke 4: 1, Hebrews 4: 9-11

    Paul’s book tips:

    ”Ruthless elimination of hurry”, John Mark Comer

    Easy to read and very applicable for our time.

    ”Healthy emotional spirituality”, Peter Scazzero.

    Very good and pedagogical material about following Jesus in a healthy way. Developed in a parish context.

    ”The road to joy”, Richard Foster.

    A classic on the subject.

    ”Strengthening the soul of your leadership”, Ruth Haley Barton

    Takes us deep into the roots of our hearts and walks with Jesus. The book is a reflection on the life of Moses.

    ”Sacred habits for ordinary people”, John Ortberg

    Very good introduction to Good Holy Habits.

    ”Spiritual Disciplines”, Dallas Willard

    The author and the source to which many of the others refer.

    ”Det händer när du vilar”, Tomas Sjödin

    (Only in Swedish)This book helps us to slow down and find rest.

    WEEK 3: JANUARY 25-31 ”JESUS ​​IS THE WAY”

    PONDERING: WEEK 3 – WHEN, WHERE AND HOW DO I WANT TO APPLY MY GOOD HOLY HABITS 2021?

    In the last week of this fasting period, we encourage each other to write down a plan for our application of how, when, and where of our Good Holy Habits. By getting a plan and becoming intentional, we can begin to take new small, and for some large steps towards a sustainable plan to ”abide in Christ and His Word”.

    In John 15, Jesus teaches us that he is the vine and that we are the branches that will bear rich fruit. In order for a vine to be able to grow and bear fruit, a trellis is needed. The trellis does not have life in itself, but is needed to carry life. It is a good picture of what Holy habits do for us who want to stay close to Jesus and let His life flow through us.

    To take the next step in the process, we need to set aside time to write down a plan. Feel free to use the questions and texts above to get started in your thinking. You could also check out the small teaching videos about each area that you will find at CCI Facebook page. You can copy the text below into your notes on your phone or write it down where you most easily process it with the Lord.

    GOOD HOLY HABITS

    Write down, within in each area, what will be important to you for the coming year and when, where and how you want to apply it in your life:

    Bible reading

    Prayer

    Fellowship

    Generosity

    Rest

    During the spring we will return to these Holy Habits in Sunday sermons and in our City Groups, and continue to build ”trellis” that can bear the fruit of our lives.

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