March 30th – March 31st, 9am – 9am
(The church will be open for the entire 24 hours)

The world is doing everything it can to drive us further away from God, but we serve a God that continues to draw Himself to us no matter how far we drift.  During this Resurrection season, let’s be in prayer to rebuild our relationship, trust and dependency on Jesus Christ.
Before Nehemiah took action, he first spent time grieving over the destruction of his city, fasting and praying Nehemiah 1:4. In Nehemiah 1:5-11, Nehemiah prayed a heartfelt prayer. We encourage you in your time of prayer during our prayer and fasting, to focus on the 5 things that Nehemiah focused on: Adoration, Intercession, Confession, Recollection and Supplication.

When crisis comes, the first thing we normally do is complain, criticize, or question God. Not Nehemiah. The first thing he does is praise God and thank Him for His awesome power and covenant faithfulness. He begins his prayer with adoration of Who God is Nehemiah 1:4-5. As you pray, take the time to adore God and praise Him for Who He is. Reflect and pray verses such as the following… Psalm 29:1-10, Psalm 95:3-7, Hebrews 1:3, Revelation 4:11

After praising God for His faithfulness, Nehemiah prays to God on behalf of others, Nehemiah 1:6.  As you continue praying, take the time to pray on behalf of others (our Government Leaders, Medical Professionals, Families who are grieving the loss of loved ones, those who are at high risk, our Church Leaders, our Church Family, etc.). Reflect and pray verses such as the following… Jeremiah 29:7, 1 Timothy 2:1-2, 2 Corinthians 1:11, Ephesians 6:16-20
Nehemiah knew God’s people had sinned against Him by not staying committed to Him.  Nehemiah also was one with his people, and he does not distance himself from their sin, but rather, he recognizes himself as a sinner who caused the destruction of the walls of Jerusalem, Nehemiah 1:6-7.  Please take the time to confess your sins before God. Get specific about your sins and how you have wronged the Lord and others. Plead with Him to forgive you and to forgive our nation for drifting away from Him.  Reflect on and pray verses such as the following… Acts 3:19, Daniel 9:3-10, James 4:8-10, Proverbs 28:13

Nehemiah understood his history and his theology. He knew that God was faithful, and that God promised to gather His people back together after He had scattered them. He prayed to God, asking Him to remember His promises He made to His people, Nehemiah 1:8-10.  Reflect on and pray verses that remind us of God’s promises…
Deuteronomy 31:8, Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 11:28, John 15:4-5, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Nehemiah closes his prayer by asking God to hear his prayers and to give him success when he approaches the King to be given permission to leave his presence and go and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He asked God to answer his request. Nehemiah 1:11 We need to ask God to bless our plans. We need to ask God to renew, restore, and revive His people so a Great Awakening will come in our days and more people will come to know Jesus as Lord. Ask the Lord to hear our prayers and to lead us in the days to come. Reflect on and pray verses like the following… Psalm 28:2, Psalm 86:6-7, Psalm 143:1, Philippians 4:6-7 
During this 24-hour prayer period, we encourage you to spend some time fasting before God. You may decide to fast one meal or the entire day. When Nehemiah heard the gut-wrenching report that the walls of Jerusalem were in ruins, he fasted, Nehemiah 1:4. Fasting is a sign of grieving. Fasting is a sign of humility. When we give up something we need like food, we are getting what we need more in Jesus. When we fast, we become less, while Jesus becomes greater, John 3:30. Every loss is for the sake of gaining Jesus Christ. Fasting helps us focus on God’s guidance and plans for our lives. It also helps us focus on Jesus and to enjoy His presence.
Here are a few suggestions about fasting during this time:
As you fast, spend time in confession and repentance.
Give thanks and praise to God while you are fasting.
Dwell on Scripture and learn the Truth about Jesus and yourself.
When you feel hungry, lean on Christ and ask Him to fill you with strength.
Seek God’s wisdom and guidance about what He wants you to do as we rebuild and who He wants you to be.