Day ONE: Jan 10-16

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

A Samaritan woman came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me some water to drink.” (For His disciples had gone off into the town to buy supplies.) So the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How can you—a Jew—ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water to drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.) Jesus answered her, “If you had known the gift of God and who it is who said to you, ‘Give me some water to drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said to Him, “you have no bucket and the well is deep; Where then do you get this living water? Surely you’re not greater than our ancestor Jacob, are you? For he gave us this well and drank from it himself, along with his sons and his livestock.” Jesus replied, “Everyone who drinks some of this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” He said to her, “Go call your husband and come back here.” The woman replied, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “Right you are when you said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with now is not your husband. This you said truthfully!” The woman said to Him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you people say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus said to her, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You people worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because salvation is from the Jews. But a time is coming—and now is here—when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (the one called Christ); “whenever He comes, He will tell us everything.” Jesus said to her, “I, the one speaking to you, am He…” Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the report of the woman who testified, “He told me everything I ever did.”

—John 4:7-26, 39 (NET)

PRAYER + REFLECTION

1. Ask the Lord how you can engage others, even out of your own need, in such a way that opens them to conversations about Jesus.

2. Pray that you would have prophetic discernment into the lives of those you engage.

3. Ask the Spirit to reveal to you the ways he is working in the hearts of people whom Jesus loves so much.

Day TWO: Jan 10-16

TODAY’S READING

About noon the next day, while they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing the meal, a trance came over him. He saw heaven opened and an object something like a large sheet descending, being let down to earth by its four corners. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth and wild birds. Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; Slaughter and eat!” But Peter said, “Certainly not, Lord, for I have never eaten anything defiled and ritually unclean!” The voice spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you must not consider ritually unclean!” This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into heaven… Then Peter started speaking: “I now truly understand that God does not show favoritism in dealing with people, but in every nation the person who fears Him and does what is right is welcomed before Him. You know the message He sent to the people of Israel, proclaiming the good news of peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)—you know what happened throughout Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John announced: with respect to Jesus from Nazareth, that God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with Him. We are witnesses of all the things He did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They killed Him by hanging Him on a tree, but God raised Him up on the third day and caused him to be seen, not by all the people, but by us, the witnesses God had already chosen, who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to warn them that He is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead. About Him all the prophets testify, that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.” While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were greatly astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “No one can withhold the water for these people to be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”

—Acts 10:9-16, 34-47 (NET)

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

—Matt. 28:19-20 (ESV)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

—Acts 1:8 (ESV)

PRAYER + REFLECTION

1. Pray for an open heart to see new things God is doing in His church and in the world.

2. Ask God to reveal where He is already at work in people and situations before you join Him in it. 

3. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s presence to be evident.

4. Ask God to bring unity in the church globally, that movements and denominations would cooperate and serve one another as the body of Christ.

5. Pray that the global Christian movement would continue to grow through evangelism, healthy discipleship, church-planting, congregations and missionary vibrancy.

Day THREE: Jan 10-16

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

 No, this is the kind of fast I want: I want you to remove the sinful chains, to tear away the ropes of the burdensome yoke, to set free the oppressed, and to break every burdensome yoke. I want you to share your food with the hungry and to provide shelter for homeless, oppressed people. When you see someone naked, clothe them! Don’t turn your back on your own flesh and blood. Then your light will shine like the sunrise; Your restoration will quickly arrive; Your godly behavior will go before you, and the Lord’s splendor will be your rear guard. Then you will call out, and the Lord will respond; You will cry out, and he will reply, ‘Here I am.’ You must remove the burdensome yoke from among you and stop pointing fingers and speaking sinfully. You must actively help the hungry and feed the oppressed. Then your light will dispel the darkness, and your darkness will be transformed into noonday. The Lord will continually lead you; He will feed you even in parched regions. He will give you renewed strength, and you will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring that continually produces water. Your perpetual ruins will be rebuilt; You will reestablish the ancient foundations. You will be called, ‘The one who repairs broken walls, the one who makes the streets inhabitable again.’ You must observe the Sabbath rather than doing anything you please on my holy day. You must look forward to the Sabbath and treat the Lord’s holy day with respect. You must treat it with respect by refraining from your normal activities, and by refraining from your selfish pursuits and from making business deals. Then you will find joy in your relationship to the Lord, and I will give you great prosperity, and cause crops to grow on the land I gave to your ancestor Jacob.” Know for certain that the Lord has spoken.

Isa. 58:6-14 (NET)

PRAYER + REFLECTION

1. As we are fasting, let us evaluate our fasting practice in light of the reading.

2. Pray for insight into ways your church can fulfill Isaiah 58 in your community.

3. Ask God to inspire partnerships among the body of Christ in every community.

Day FOUR: Jan 10-16

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

—2 Cor. 12:9-10 (ESV)

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

—Matt. 24:14 (ESV)

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands …

—Rev. 7:9 (ESV)

PRAYER + REFLECTION

1. Pray that persecuted Christ-followers would encounter the sufficiency of God’s grace like never before.

2. Pray that persecutors would stop and would come to accept Jesus Christ, as Saul of Tarsus did.

3. Ask God to transform the systems, regimes, empires and beliefs that support or allow persecution.

4. Intercede for the 3.2 billion people in 7,400 people groups who are still unreached. Ask the Lord to call and send believers to cross barriers and borders with the gospel message.

Day FIVE: Jan 10-16

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

Now an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you understand it?” The expert answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly; Do this, and you will live.” But the expert, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him up, and went off, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, but when he saw the injured man he passed by on the other side. So too a Levite, when he came up to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan who was traveling came to where the injured man was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him. He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring olive oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever else you spend, I will repay you when I come back this way.’ Which of these three do you think became a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” The expert in religious law said, “The one who showed mercy to him.” So Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”

—Luke 10:25-37 (NET)

PRAYER + REFLECTION

1. Ask God to make you attuned to the needs you encounter “on the way.” 

2. Pray that you would invite the rhythm of interruption.

3. Pray that you would never avoid or pass by someone clearly in need.

Day ONE: Jan 3-9

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

“Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants—men and women alike.”

—Joel 2:28-29 (NLT)

“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.”

—Acts 1:8 (NLT)

PRAYER + REFLECTION

1. Pray for fresh anointing, and receive the Spirit’s outpouring.

2. Ask God to give you divine dreams, visions and prophetic insight.

3. Pray that the church would bear fruitful witness, and for revival to be brought to our communities, states, nation and world.

Day TWO: JAN 3-9

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

 “For I know what I have planned for you,” says the Lord. “I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers. When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul, I will make myself available to you,” says the Lord. “Then I will reverse your plight and will regather you from all the nations and all the places where I have exiled you,” says the Lord. “I will bring you back to the place from which I exiled you.”

—Jer. 29:11-14 (NET)

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

—Rom. 5:1-5 (NIV)

PRAYER + REFLECTION

1. With new intention, seek the Lord for His thoughts toward you—and let hope arise in your heart. 

2. Ask God to give you the opportunity to encourage others in the midst of personal suffering.

3. Pray for perseverance, and stand firm in the hope of God’s promised future for you.

Day THREE: Jan 3-9

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; He was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, because Jesus was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to that place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.” So he came down quickly and welcomed Jesus joyfully. And when the people saw it, they all complained, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!” Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham!

—Luke 19:1-9 (NET)

PRAYER + REFLECTION

1. Ask God: Please open my eyes to new spaces that give opportunities for new relationships in my life. 

2. Pray to be undeterred, as Jesus was when ridiculed for being with those others didn’t understand. 

3. Spend time meditating on how your church can demonstrate Christlike hospitality.

Day FOUR: Jan 3-9

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

 When I heard these things I sat down abruptly, crying and mourning for several days. I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. Then I said, “Please, O Lord God of heaven, great and awesome God, who keeps His loving covenant with those who love Him and obey His commandments, may your ear be attentive and your eyes be open to hear the prayer of your servant that I am praying to you today throughout both day and night on behalf of your servants the Israelites. I am confessing the sins of the Israelites that we have committed against you—both I myself and my family have sinned. We have behaved corruptly against you, not obeying the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments that you commanded your servant Moses. Please recall the word you commanded your servant Moses: ‘If you act unfaithfully, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you repent and obey my commandments and do them, then even if your dispersed people are in the most remote location, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen for my name to reside.’ They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your mighty strength and by your powerful hand. Please, Lord, listen attentively to the prayer of your servant and to the prayer of your servants who take pleasure in showing respect to your name. Grant your servant success today and show compassion to me in the presence of this man.” Now I was cupbearer for the king.

—Nehemiah 1:4-11 (NET)

PRAYER + REFLECTION

1. Pray that your heart will be broken through God’s Word for the plight of your community.

2. Allow your new awareness to move you to lament, and let lament from the Lord give you language for what you discern God wants to do.

3. Pray for the church to “have a mind to work,” to get involved in rebuilding.

Day FIVE: Jan 3-9

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more. And I saw the holy city—the new Jerusalem—descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist anymore—or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then He said to me, “Write it down, because these words are reliable and true.”

—Rev. 21:1-5 (NET)

PRAYER + REFLECTION

1. Repent for the areas in your life where you have lost hope personally.

2. Pray that your church would be people of hope in your community.

3. Let’s pray: “Our Father in heaven, may Your name be honored; may Your kingdom come; may Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”