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The focus of our time together recently was to pray for an INCREASE OF WELLBEING, based on Isaiah 9:6-7. We prayed in the name of Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace (shalom-wellbeing), for an increase of His government and peace (shalom-wellbeing) over our own lives, the lives of our family and friends, over our KingsGate church family and over the people in our neighbourhoods and communities. 

You can still watch the daily video devotionals, each relating to a specific area of our wellbeing. 

If you're catching up with the devotionals and daily prayer, I'd encourage you to consider fasting for the seven days. Fasting is a spiritual discipline whereby we voluntarily reduce or eliminate the intake of food for a specific time and purpose. Fasting has a number of benefits:

  • It can give us extra time to seek God, feast in His presence and hear His voice more clearly (Acts 13:2-3)
  • It is a way of us demonstrating our spiritual desperation. (Joel 2:12)
  • It prepares us to receive a new anointing for life and ministry, just as Jesus did in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:1-11)
  • It helps bring our body and soul into submission to the Holy Spirit. (Psalm 35:13; 1 Corinthians 9:27)
  • It positions us for spiritual victory and breakthrough. (2 Chronicles 20:3)
  • It is a way of us asking God for His special protection (Ezra 8:21-23)

If you want to know more about the practicalities of fasting, there’s a short section in the Prayer Shield that you may find helpful.

So, let’s believe that the Lord will answer in wonderful ways, both now and in the future!

Love and blessings,



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Dave Smith
Senior Pastor

Monday 11 January – Day 1

‘“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”’
– MATTHEW 11:28-30 MSG


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‘You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.’
– ISAIAH 26:3-4 NLT

 




   Prayer points:

  • Read Ephesians 1: 2-14, if you have the time. Placing your hands on the temples at either side of your head, pray for a greater revelation of your identity in Christ and a stronger sense of security and belonging.

  • Pray for the church family, that over these next few weeks there would be a release of courage and greater self-awareness to recognise our current level of wellbeing. Pray for any who maybe on the edge of burn out like Elijah to come back from the brink and receive a gift of faith for their future.

  • Pray for any you know in the community who are involved in helping people struggling with mental health issues. Pray that both they and those whom they help will experience a new capacity to win the battle for the mind. Use Isaiah 26: 3-4 above as a weapon of faith into those situations.


 




   Prayer for our NHS and Frontline Workers:

  • Pray for a supernatural canopy of protection to cover the NHS. Declare, in the name of Jesus, for COVID-19 to be stopped in its tracks, averting a national catastrophe of hospitals being overwhelmed by the coronavirus.




   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

‘To win the battle of the mind is to win one of the greatest areas of life… It is said that no real change can take place until a person’s thinking is changed.’
– Selwyn Hughes, Christ Empowered Living

 




   Book Recommendation

How to Pray by Pete Greig

Tuesday 12 January – Day 2

 

‘Then he [Elijah] lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again… Strengthened by that food, he travelled forty days and forty nights.’
– 1 KINGS 19:5-6, 8 NIV


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‘Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.’
– 3 JOHN 1:2 NIV

 




   Prayer points:

  • Pray that we would be a people who sleep well, experiencing new levels of peace and a profound sense of security. Pray for any you know who are struggling with unhealthy sleep patterns. Declare Psalm 4: 8 over them: ‘In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.’

  • Pray for a right balance in our lives between food and exercise. Pray for people you know for whom this is an ongoing challenge, that they will find safe relationships where they can find the help they need.

  • By name, pray for any you know who need physical healing, believing for an even greater release of the miraculous amongst us, and out into our neighbourhoods and cities.

  • Pray for our Community Action projects including the Foodbank, Carezone and the national Love Your Neighbour initiative, to be supernaturally effective in helping to meet the physical needs of many people in our cities.

 




   Prayer for our NHS and Frontline Workers:

  • Pray for those you know who are NHS or frontline workers; for physical protection and supernatural strength to enable them to get through the challenging weeks ahead as they work in hospitals, care homes, doctor’s surgeries and out in the community.




   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

‘…physical energy is the fundamental source of fuel even if our work is almost completely sedentary. It not only lies at the heart of alertness and vitality but also affects our ability to manage our emotions, sustain our concentration, think creatively, and even maintain our commitment to whatever mission we are on.’
– Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, The Power of Full Engagement

 




   Book Recommendation

I Love Prayer by Rachel Hickson

Wednesday 13 January – Day 3

 

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.
– 1 JOHN 4:18 ESV


   Watch today’s Daily Devotional



‘I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.’
– ROMANS 15:13 NLT

 




   Prayer points:

  • Take a few moments to bask in the steadfast, unconditional, personal love of God for you. Read Psalm 23 and give thanks for all the different ways in which He shows His love to you.

  • Pray for a greater breaking in of the goodness of God in our church family, releasing new measures of peace, joy and hope, leading to the breaking of strongholds of fear, anxiety and disappointment.

  • Pray that during this season we would establish and strengthen healthy rhythms in our lives, such as slowing down and taking a Sabbath, that will lead to greater levels of emotional health.

  • Pray for the peace and prosperity of the place where you live; that practical ways would be found to help people struggling, particularly with mental and emotional health challenges.


 




   Prayer for our NHS and Frontline Workers:

  • Pray for supernatural skill and wisdom as healthcare workers are redeployed into areas outside of their normal span of expertise. Pray for the supply of PPE and other critical resources to enable them to carry out their roles safely, effectively and efficiently.




   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

‘Deep within the core of hope is the belief that things can change. No matter how awful or uncertain they are at the moment things can turn out better. Possibilities exist. Hope sustains you. It keeps you from collapsing into despair. It motivates you to tap into your own capabilities and inventiveness to turn things around. It inspires you to plan for a better future.’
– Barbara Frederickson, Positivity

 




   Book Recommendation

Prayer – Awe and Intimacy by Tim Keller

 

Thursday 14 January – Day 4

‘“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by… but the Lord was not in the wind… [or] the earthquake… [or]the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.’
– 1 KINGS 19:11-13 NLT


   Watch today’s Daily Devotional



‘On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Now this he said about the Spirit.’
– JOHN 7:37-39 ESV

 




   Prayer points:

  • Read Psalm 63 verses 1-5 and use these words to express your longing for more of the presence of God in your own life.

  • Pray for your family, friends and those in your LifeGroup, to experience fresh encounters with God, like Elijah on Mount Horeb, where they learn to hear the ‘still, small voice’ of God.

  • Pray that during this Wellbeing series, many would be saved or come back to the Lord as they hear the gospel for the first time through weekend services, Alpha and Community Wellbeing groups.


 




   Prayer for our NHS and Frontline Workers:

  • Pray for those you know who are working in education; for wisdom to help them navigate the complexities of teaching online, and for resourcefulness and creativity to help them prepare lessons to keep the students engaged. Pray for protection for the teachers who are still going into schools to teach the children of key workers.




   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

‘Before you were even aware of your desire for God, God desired you. He created you with a desire for him that groans and yearns in every fibre of your being.’
– Ruth Hayley Barton, Invitation to Silence and Solitude

 




   Book Recommendation

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

 

Friday 15 January – Day 5

‘But Elisha replied, “As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.”’
– 2 KINGS 2:2, 4, 6 AMP


   Watch today’s Daily Devotional



‘Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.’
– ECCLESIASTES 4:9-12 NLT

 




   Prayer points:

  • Pray for all those within the church who have pastoral leadership responsibilities including LifeGroup leaders, Group Pastors and Area Pastors; that they would lead well as shepherds and help create safe places where we can ‘do life together’.

  • Pray for those who are on the Race Advisory Group, that their work would enable KingsGate to become more effective in creating unity and harmony amongst people of many and varied backgrounds.

  • Pray for those who are watching the online services to take next steps into deeper connection with the church family.


 




   Prayer for our NHS and Frontline Workers:

  • Pray for the NHS and all the agencies involved in administering the Covid-19 vaccine; pray for an exponential speed to get the vaccine distributed across the nation so that those who are most at risk, including healthcare staff, teachers, police and other frontline workers, are protected as they continue to work in these incredibly challenging situations.




   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

‘Being included in God’s family is the highest honour and the greatest privilege you will ever receive. Nothing ever comes close. Whenever you feel unimportant, unloved or insecure, remember to whom you belong… While your relationship to Christ is personal, God never intends it to be private. In God’s family you are connected to every other believer, and we belong to each other for eternity.’
– Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

 




   Book Recommendation

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

 

Saturday 16 January - Day 6

‘Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.’
– 1 KINGS 17:13-15 NIV


   Watch today’s Daily Devotional



‘Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.’
– PROVERBS 11:24-25 NLT

 




   Prayer points:

  • Take some time to thank God for His material provision to you and for His promises of ongoing provision. Bring to Him any specific needs you and others around you have at the moment.

  • Read Matthew 6: 25-33. Pray for a breaking of any materialistic mindsets amongst us and for the release of great faith for His provision to us.

  • Pray for any who are mired in debt and fear of lack, that they would take practical steps out of this and into financial peace. Pray too that we would grow in generosity.

  • As the Community Action team roll out the Love Your Neighbour initiative to help people in our communities get out of debt, pray that this would reach many people, that they would get free and come to know Jesus as their King and Provider.


 




   Prayer for our NHS and Frontline Workers:

  • Pray for individuals and families that you know of who are suffering from the physical effects of the coronavirus; for supernatural healing, and that they would not suffer any long term effects from Covid-19. Also pray for those you know who are suffering from other long-term sicknesses; pray for the peace of God to guard their hearts and minds as they wait to get the treatment they need.




   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

‘When you truly, deep down, acknowledge that it’s all God’s anyway, you’ll feel your spiritual fingers loosen their iron grip on things. You’ll finally experience release from the crushing burden of thinking you have to hoard everything that comes your way. It’s not ultimately up to you. You can let go now. Robert Morris, Beyond Blessed
– Robert Morris, Beyond Blessed

 




   Book Recommendation

Prayer by Richard Foster

 

Sunday 17 January - Day 7

‘The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.”’
– 1 KINGS 19:15-16 NIV


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‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.’
– COLOSSIANS 3:23-24 NIV

 




   Prayer points:

  • Whatever you are facing in terms of your vocation and calling, take some time to ask God for great grace and creativity to work out how to best use your gifts in this season, asking for patience and an increased anointing.

  • Pray Jeremiah 29:11 over our church family: that any who have lost their job, or experienced a change of direction, will know the favour and blessing of God and clear direction for their next steps.

  • Pray for the establishing of life-giving mentoring relationships across the church, such as Elisha experienced with Elijah; for both ministry and the workplace, where applicable.

  • Pray for those leading and managing workplaces during this season – for strength to endure, wisdom to know what to do, and great creativity to find new ways to work where necessary.


 




   Prayer for our NHS and Frontline Workers:

  • Thank God for the incredible courage, commitment and fortitude of our frontline workers, who have continued to sacrificially put themselves into challenging situations to ensure that those who are sick or vulnerable continue to receive care, education, protection and vital services.




   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

‘If you want to know why you were placed on this planet you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose… until you understand that life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead end.’
– Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life

 




   Book Recommendation

Intercessory Prayer by Dutch Sheets