DAY 2— We want to see Portland changed through the truth of the gospel. This will not be possible if Christ is not what we proclaim and what we build our church upon. Pray that Christ would be our foundation.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”
WEEK 1 - SUBMISSION TO CHRIST
We can host the largest event Portland has ever seen, launch the trendiest church, or start a really cool movement, but it all means nothing if Jesus Christ is not at the center. As we begin our pursuit of the Lord in the build-up towards the PDX Fest, re-launch, and beyond, our lives must be in complete submission to the will of God. This first week should inform all of our prayers and work in August. Ask God to reveal what it is you are still hanging onto that is not from Him. Surrender the desires of your heart to Jesus so that he can lead you into more abundant life. Ultimately, we are granted the privilege to pick up our crosses and follow Jesus into a new life. Let's step boldly into what the Lord is doing in Portland that He may increase and we would decrease. Pray that the Lord’s will be done over our will.
Pray the Scripture
First, Read the Scripture aloud and pray the exact words back to God. Second, go back through it verse by verse, and in your own words pray to God based on the words in Scripture. Third, take notes of what God revealed to you in that time.
Sometimes we may run out of words to say, or maybe you are someone that cannot stop talking to God. In either case, we need to grow comfortable with sitting and growing quiet to hear from the Lord. Remember to rest in God’s presence so that you can hear Him when he speaks to you.
In your time of prayer, write down what is you are praying for so that you can look back to see what God did. Also, write down what God is revealing to you. We like to think we will remember everything, but humans are pretty forgetful beings.