Daily Devotions

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I’m so glad that you’ve decided to join us for this week of 24/7 worship, prayer and fasting.

The theme is based on our September 2020 sermon series It’s a New Day, and is centred on the 1st century church at Antioch as revealed in the Book of Acts.

Notwithstanding the huge differences in time and culture between then and now, there are some remarkable similarities between their situation and ours.

First, the early Church was facing huge pressure and persecution, no longer able to gather as they had done for many years. Yet, rather than let this obstacle stop them, unnamed believers seized the opportunity to spread the good news of Jesus to new places and people, some eventually arriving in the great city of Antioch.

Secondly, the gospel had been largely confined to reaching Jews in Jerusalem and the surrounding towns. Once persecution hit, these believers started to fulfil Jesus’ commission in its fulness taking the gospel to Judea, Samaria and far beyond. The result was a remarkable move of the Spirit with a great number of people coming to Christ, resulting in the establishment of the first multicultural church which in turn became the base for the evangelisation of the rest of the known world!

Thirdly, the early Church was faced with a major economic crisis in the form of a famine. Undaunted, the believers at Antioch responded by generously giving beyond themselves to their fellow believers back in Judea.

Right now, we are facing different but similar challenges: restrictions on gathering, not due to persecution, but due to the pandemic; diversity challenges, not because of Jew-Gentile divisions, but because of systemic racism; financial concerns, not because of an impending famine, but because of a potentially deep recession.

So, I believe we have a choice: we can either back down through fear and intimidation, or we can rise up, seek God with worship, prayer and fasting, even if all we can cry out is: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (2 Chronicles 20:12b). Then, filled with the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit we can go out and speak boldly, act justly and give generously – bringing salvation, reconciliation and provision of God to those around us.

To help you pray, there are prayer notes, a recorded Daily Devotional and a worship song for you to use. Why not invite some friends to pray along with you. If you’d like additional prayer resources, the Prayer Shield is packed with great scriptures around daily themes.

With love and thanks,

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Dave Smith

When KingsGate raises its voice in the courtroom of Heaven, something has to happen!

— Pastor Agu

Monday 14 September – Day 1

Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
– ACTS 11:19-21 NIVUK


   Watch today’s Daily Devotional

Jabez was more honourable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’ 10Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.
– 1 CHRONICLES 4:9-10 NIVUK

 




   Prayer points:

  • Pray for an increase of opportunities – both individually and as a church; that we would, like these early Christians rise above the challenges and take opportunities to partner with the Spirit and advance God’s Kingdom.

  • Pray for an increase of anointing – that the hand of the Lord (that is the empowering of the Spirit), would come upon us in a new way.

  • Pray that we would all be continually filled by the Holy Spirit, in readiness for all that the Lord has in store for us.





   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

"Relying on God has to start all over everyday, as if nothing has yet been done."
– C.S. Lewis

Tuesday 15 September – Day 2

 

Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
– ACTS 11:19-21 NIVUK


   Watch today’s Daily Devotional



He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
– ACTS 11:24 NIVUK

 




   Prayer points:

  • Pray for a new boldness and proactivity to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, especially to our VIPs - Very Important People to us and to God.

  • Pray for all those on the current Alpha course; that their eyes would be opened to the truth of who God is – that He loves them and sent Jesus to die for them, so that they can come to know Him as their Heavenly Father.

  • Pray for a revival in the church and for an awakening in the nation.





   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

“Revival is the visitation of God which brings to life Christians who have been sleeping and restores a deep sense of God's near presence and holiness. Thence springs a vivid sense of sin and a profound exercise of heart in repentance, praise, and love, with an evangelistic outflow.”
– J.I. Packer

Wednesday 16 September – Day 3

 

Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
– ACTS 11:25-26 NIVUK


   Watch today’s Daily Devotional



Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.
– ACTS 13:1 NIVUK

 




   Prayer points:

  • Thank God for your own unique gifting and calling.

  • Celebrate the gifts and strengths others have, be it in the home, workplace, places of education or church.

  • Pray for healing and reconciliation where there have been racial divides and prejudices within our communities and churches – both locally and internationally.





   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

“Remember who you are. Don’t compromise for anyone, for any reason. You are a child of the Almighty God. Live that truth.”
– Lisa Terkeurst

Thursday 17 September – Day 4

When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
– ACTS 11:23-24 NIVUK


   Watch today’s Daily Devotional



For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no-one can boast.
– EPHESIANS 2:8-9

 




   Prayer points:

  • As you reflect on God’s grace in your life, pray that you would stay true to the Lord, even if you face challenges and hardship.

  • Pray for yourself, for those in your LifeGroup, friendship circles and ministry team to receive a new sense of the empowering grace of God.

  • Pray that, as a church, we would be diligent in hearing the Word that brings faith. Ask the Lord to increase our faith.





   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

"What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God."
– Rick Warren

Friday 18 September – Day 5

During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
– ACTS 11:27-30 NIVUK


   Watch today’s Daily Devotional



Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
– 2 CORINTHIANS 9:7-8 NIVUK

 




   Prayer points:

  • Pray for protection and provision in this current economic crisis.

  • Pray for an outpouring of generosity, helping to meet the needs of those both within the Church and in the wider community.

  • Ask God to bless you more so that you can be a greater blessing to others.





   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

"God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfil His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.”
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Saturday 19 September – Day 6

While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
– ACTS 13:2-3 NIVUK


   Watch today’s Daily Devotional



Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
– 1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18

 




   Prayer points:

  • Take time today to minister to the Lord in worship. You could pause and linger on the phrase “Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name.” You could also take a psalm of praise and slowly speak it out to the Lord.

  • Pray, that in this season of restriction on gathering, that we will continue to worship the Lord in our homes with expectancy and faith.

  • Take some extra time today to pray. Commit to developing your prayer life beyond this week of prayer and pray that, as a church, we would grow as a “house of prayer”.





   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

"Many Spirit-filled authors have exhausted the thesaurus in order to describe God with the glory He deserves. His perfect holiness, by definition, assures us that our words can’t contain Him. Isn’t it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?"
– Francis Chan

Sunday 20 September – Day 7

The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
– ACTS 11:21-24 NIVUK


   Watch today’s Daily Devotional



While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.
– ACTS 13:2-4 NIVUK

 




   Prayer points:

  • Pray that in the midst of these challenging times we will recommit like never before to our God-given mission: “Transforming lives from our neighbourhoods to the nations by the power of God’s love.”

  • Pray that in your spheres of influence and in each of our local areas, we will see many more people’s lives transformed

  • Pray for our wider mission as a church – that through our different centres, and through our resourcing of other churches and overseas missions agencies – we will be a blessing to many in the nation and the nations.





   Worship

 




   Quotable Quotes

“The ultimate measure of a man [or woman] is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.