Seek God for the City 2021
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN A FORTY DAY PRAYER JOURNEY
Join as we engage in Seek God for the City 2021, a 40-day prayer guide leading up to Easter. This guide begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17th, 2021, and includes Sundays, ending on Palm Sunday. Many Northlanders have participated in this journey through the years, and we are encouraging even more to join this year. You can pick up your copy in the Northland bookstore as we anticipate this upcoming season of transformation for individuals, groups, and family study.
The period leading up to Easter is traditionally a time when we prepare our hearts by sacrificing something. As we fast, we must make the most of this sacrifice by replacing it with the intentional spiritual discipline of prayer. This guide shares, “It’s hard to pray beyond our own problems, especially in difficult times. But since God does great things in the midst of troubled times, now is actually the best time to pray beyond ourselves with expansive prayers of solid hope.”
Created by Steve Hawthorne, each year, a new 40-day prayer guide is published by Waymakers. The format leads us first to seek God’s face, and then we will seek God’s kingdom. Each day six different aspects enable us to engage in specific, intentional prayer.
Praying for Others
Each day focuses on different people such as Healthcare workers, police, marriages, and more. This will expand your understanding of how to pray for groups of people with intentionality.
This might be the most challenging section since it forces us out of our homes and out of our comfort zones. I would encourage us to be challenged by this section and not just pass it by. How might you include your family members and friends to join you?
Prayer for the World
This is my favorite section because it lifts our eyes to the vastness of God’s world. At the end of the 40 days, you will have prayed for each country. Regardless of your knowledge of geography, world history, or other countries, you will start to appreciate the bigness of God. His glorious deeds among the nations become more real as we learn and pray more broadly.
Each year Pastor Gus takes the opportunity to connect with his friends from other countries and nationalities when their country is featured that day. This is a great chance to reach out to them and share that you have been praying for their country and people.
I would also encourage you to be open to where God is stirring your heart. Is it to a particular country, region, or continent? Use the following resources to learn more about specific countries as you pray.
Joshuaproject.net - Focused on Unreached Peoples
OperationWorld.org - The definitive prayer guide for every country
Opendoorsusa.org - Support for the persecuted church
Prayercast.com - Specific prayer videos created by people from that county.
Weekly Themes of Hope
Each week is a new theme. The themes from last year included Seeking His Face, The Gospel of the Kingdom, The Righteousness of the Kingdom, The Peace of the Kingdom, the Joy of the Kingdom, and the Visitation of Christ the King.
Old Testament Passage
Next, we are presented with promises from the Prophets and other Old Testament passages. This is an excellent opportunity for you to reacquaint yourself with the Old Testament. What wisdom and messages do Isaiah, Joshua, Proverbs, and Psalms have for us today?
New Testament Passage
Here we read about the hope we have in Jesus Christ. We will read a selection from the Gospels and a prayer that connects to it.
In addition to the printed guide, Waymakers will be offering an eBook called Seek God for the City 2021. The eBook is available here.
Join us this February as we embark on 40 days of prayer. Pick up your limited copy in the Northland bookstore for $3. For questions or comments, contact Matthew Shiles at firstname.lastname@example.org.